The graduation ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for UCEM to acknowledge the achievement of students who gained a diploma from one of the following programmes:
BCSC Diploma in Shopping Centre Management
UCEM Diploma in Surveying Practice
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Adjudication
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Facilities Management
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of the Historic Environment
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Property Investment
UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
UCEM MBA in Construction and Real Estate
It is also the perfect opportunity to present prizes to both diploma and degree prize winners across all programmes.
The ceremony is a formal occasion attended by UCEM academic staff and other senior figures from RICS, CIOB, BCSC and other professional bodies. After the ceremonial proceedings there is a champagne reception for diplomats and their guests. The ceremony is an opportunity for a reunion with colleagues and to share in each other’s achievement.
Registering for the ceremony
Details of how to register for the ceremony are sent to students by e-mail following their final results. Please note that there is a limit of 6 guests per student. You can, however, register for more tickets and you will be informed approximately 6 weeks before the ceremony if these have been allocated.
Prize winners only brunch
The prize winner’s brunch will be held in the Victoria Hall within the Town Hall complex and will commence at 9.30am prompt. Prize winners are asked to arrive no later than 9.00am to collect their robes and to register for the brunch and ceremony (a marshal will direct you to the robing room and the registration desk). Please bring your student registration ticket with you on the day.
Your guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments from the Palmer’s café or visit the museum (opens at 10am and admission free) until the brunch is finished at 11.00am. There are a number of shops close by for those who may wish to take the opportunity for some retail therapy!.
UCEM will provide complimentary drinks for the diplomats and their guests. However, in order for us to cater for everyone please ensure you book tickets when registering your attendance.
Babies and young children
We value your day as a family occasion, and we welcome babies and young children to the ceremony. However, as it is a formal occasion and can seem quite lengthy to young children there is free access to the museum within the Town Hall complex. Guests with babies or young children will be requested to sit near an aisle, so that if a child cries or becomes restless they can leave the ceremony to avoid any disturbance to other guests.
A photographer will be present. Details of the service provided by Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd can be found under Your Questions.
Please be aware that the photography studio at the ceremony is expected to be busy and you are likely to queue in order to have your photograph taken. We recommend that you order your photographs direct in advance to avoid delays on the day. Please note bookings for photographs cannot be accepted by UCEM.
All students attending the ceremony are required to wear UCEM academic dress. Those students who are receiving prizes only and have already been awarded a University of Reading degree will be required to wear the Reading academic dress.
Dress beneath the gown should be smart and in keeping with the formality of the event. As the gown has a loop in front designed to hook over a button which keeps it tidy, it is easier if you wear a shirt, blouse or dress with a button through front. Jeans or t-shirts are not permitted.
The robe makers to UCEM are Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd, from whom academic dress may be hired or bought. This should be ordered directly via their website www.gownhire.co.uk. The website is open from the 1 March each year.
Refunds are available from the company if a student has placed an order but are then unable to attend the ceremony (see website for details). Orders cannot be guaranteed unless made at least 21 days before the date of the ceremony.
Payment should be made via credit or debit card at the time of making the order. If you do not have access to a computer, Ede and Ravenscroft have a call centre operating between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, please telephone 01233 861854.