Your Graduation is the time to celebrate all your achievements at AECC University College.

Mark your success

Graduation combines ceremony, afternoon reception, and the graduation ball. It's the time to invite your friends and family to join you in celebrating the culmination of your hard work and study. 

The 2018 Graduation ceremony will take place on Friday 16 November at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth. Use the information below to guide you through the steps to make sure you're prepared for your special day. 

What to expect on the day

This is a general guide for the 2018 ceremony - subject to change.

From 10am
Registration takes place in the Pavilion foyer.  Please give your name to a member of staff.  You will be given your guest tickets for the afternoon reception.

Academic gowns will be available for collection in the Theatre Bar.  Please ensure you arrive on time for your course gowning slot:

10.45am BSc (Hons) Human Sciences

11.05am Master of Chiropractic

11.25am MSc Chiropractic

12.00pm Postgraduates

Once you are gowned, you can have your individual and family group photographs taken with the official photographer.

Before the ceremony you will be able to purchase refreshments from the foyer coffee shop, upstairs foyer bar or the Terrace Bistro.  There are also a number of restaurants along Westover Road. 


The Pavilion Theatre will be open for guests to take their seats. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Seats cannot be reserved, however if your guests are blue badge holders please inform the Registry team in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made.


You will be asked to assemble in surname alphabetical order in the east corridor of the Pavilion. There will be staff marshals on hand to give guidance.


All guests will need to be seated in the theatre.  If your guests are late, they may be asked to remain at the back of the theatre until the processions have entered.


Graduand procession awaits signal to enter the theatre and proceed to their reserved seats in front of the stage. It is vital that you stay in the order you were assembled in and in your allocated seat as this is the presentation order. When it is time for you to receive your award, a staff marshal will guide you to the stage. When your name is read out, proceed to centre stage, shake hands with the Principal then continue along the stage to receive your award from the Academic Registrar. Exit the stage and a staff marshal will guide you back to your seat.

The Principal’s procession will enter the theatre at the same time, and be led to the stage. Once the procession party is in place on stage, the ceremony commences.

Approx. 3.30pm

After the ceremony, the procession party will leave the theatre, followed by VIP and guests.  Graduates should remain in the theatre for group photographs (you will be given instructions on when your group photo will take place).

3.30pm onwards

Guests with tickets for the afternoon reception move to the Pavilion Ballroom. Graduates can join them after their group photo.

Remember to return your academic gowns before you leave the venue!

Common Questions

Please see the map for directions to the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth. 

Car parking is available at the Pavilion Theatre car park or at several nearby car parks - please be aware normal charges apply.

The Pavilion Theatre has access for disabled guests.  Inside the theatre there is ample provision for wheelchair users and there is a lift situated at the rear of the building, close to the Ballroom, to access. If any of your guests are wheelchair users, please email the Registry team.