We’re really looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduands at our degree and diploma graduation ceremonies at Bath Abbey on Friday 22 March 2024.

The portal for booking tickets, gowns and photography will open in November 2023. Please keep an eye on your emails for more information about this.

Graduands, you will receive an email from Ede and Ravenscroft inviting you to access the portal with instructions on how to order your tickets, gown (for degree graduands) and optional photography packages.

You will also receive a separate email from Norland ahead of this with your unique number, which you will need to access the portal. If you have not received these emails by the time of the portal opening or if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Please read the information below, which provides more details about the graduation timings, locations, dress and how to order graduation gowns, photography and tickets.

Norland Nannies in their uniform throwing their hats in the air in celebration inside Bath Abbey

Graduation overview

EventDegree graduationNorland diploma graduation
Registration, gowning (degree) and photography8am onwards11am onwards
Uniform check (diploma)n/a1.30pm
Bath Abbey opens for guests10am2pm
Ceremony begins10.30am2.30pm
Ceremony ends (approximate)12.30pm4.30pm
Gowns to be returned (degree)1pmn/a

Important information for graduation ceremonies

The academic gowning company we use is Ede and Ravenscroft and they work with us to provide a one-stop graduation shop for you. Through them, you are invited to order your tickets, academic dress (for BA graduands), and photography packages.  

Each graduand will be offered six free tickets, one for yourself and five guests. Tickets are not numbered and guests may choose where they sit. We completely understand that you would like your charges to celebrate with you, but please remember the BA ceremony is long for small people. Children under 36 months will not need a ticket but they will not have a seat. They will need to sit on a guest’s lap.

When booking your tickets, you should have received a confirmation email upon booking tickets. If you have not received a confirmation email from Ede and Ravenscroft, please contact their call centre on 01223 734759 and they will be able to process you order over the phone.

If you are not attending, please let us know as soon as possible. 

You will be able to choose and pre-book from a selection of photography packages. If your gowning slot is too early for your guests, you may return to the Guildhall to have your group shots taken after the ceremony. You may pay on the day should you decide you would like a formal photograph, but it is easier to book in advance.  

Some BA graduands will return for photos after their graduation and will take priority over diploma photographs as their gowns need to be returned to Ede and Ravenscroft by 1pm.

Dress code for yourselves and your guests is formal. If you’re wearing heels, please remember you will be going on stage to receive your certificate and there are heating grates on the floor, slopes and steps in the Abbey, so you may wish to consider the height of them. Please also be aware that you will be walking between the venues and there will be uneven surfaces as well as grates.  

Should any of your guests require assistance, there is a mandatory booking question asking if any of your guests require an aisle seat/ramp/wheelchair space. Please do make sure you share as much information as possible so we can best support your guests.

There are a number of short stay and long stay car parks in Bath city centre as well as park and ride services. Take a look at the Visit Bath website for a list of car parks.

Please let your guests know bag searches may be conducted at the door of the Abbey. 

Norland merchandise will be on sale in the Guildhall as well as exciting information about the Professional Association of Norlanders (PAN). Credit cards are accepted.

Please keep us updated with any changes to your personal email address, postal address, and phone number so we can ensure we communicate as effectively as possible with you in the run up to this exciting event.

Graduation 2023

Set 43 celebrate their degree graduation
Set 42 celebrate their diploma graduation
TEF gold award
WhatUni student choice award logo
IHE inspiring course winner
Heist silver award winner logo