Graduation 2018 Frequently Asked Questions (Bridgwater)

What date is the Graduation Ceremony?

Friday 12 October 2018.

Where does the ceremony take place?

St Mary's Church
St Mary Street

Is there parking?

Yes, there are many car parks located throughout Bridgwater. The largest is Mount Street (East) car park located on Mount Street, approximately five minutes from the church.  Please view the following links noting where car parks are located:

What time does the Graduation Ceremony start?

This year we are holding two graduation ceremonies, one will commence at 11am and the other at 3pm. You are only able to graduate at the ceremony allocated to your course (See Registration times on the Graduation 2018 event page). Graduates and their guests will need to be seated in the church by 10.45am/2.45pm (dependant on the time of your ceremony).

Where and what time do I have to register?

We require all graduates to register at The Tudor Hotel, St Mary Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3LX, which is approximately a one-minute walk and just opposite from the church.

Each course has been allocated a time slot to register, please see Graduation 2018 event page for registration times. You must arrive at the time noted, if you are unable to please contact the Marketing department.

We stagger the registration to try and ensure that you are not waiting in a queue for too long a period when you could be socializing and celebrating with your classmates, lecturers, friends and family.

Once I have registered, what do I do?

Once you have registered, you need to collect your gown, have your official photographs taken and enjoy yourself! You will collect your gown and have your official photographs taken in the church (where the ceremony will take place).

Please make sure you are familiar with the format of the ceremony, before it starts. Members of staff from the Marketing and Higher Education teams will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Where do I sit?

Graduates will be seated in the seating to the front of the church; you will be allocated a seat – you must sit in the seat displaying your name.

Is there a cloakroom available?

No, we do not provide cloakroom services. Graduates are advised to leave any coats/bags etc with their guests as you may not return to the same seat after receiving your award.

How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony lasts for approximately one hour.

Will I collect my award certificate at the ceremony?

You will be presented with a certificate, but please be aware that this may not be from the university or awarding body from which you are graduating.

Not all certificates will have been produced by the date of our graduation ceremony and we therefore produce a University Centre Somerset certificate to present to you at the ceremony. Once we receive your official certificate we will forward this to you.

What happens after the ceremony?

After the ceremony you are invited to join us at the McMillan Theatre for a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink. This is not compulsory, it is a gesture from the College.

Are there any restaurants in Bridgwater?

Noted below are a few restaurants which are in close proximity of St Mary's Church that you may wish to try.

To help you with booking a table we are expecting Ceremony 1 to finish at approximately 12pm and Ceremony 2 at 4pm.

The Tudor

St Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3LX. 01278 422093


30 Cornhill, Bridgwater, TA6 3BY. 01278 433600


17 Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, TA6 3PF. 01278 238100

The Old Vicarage

45-51 St Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3EQ. 01278 458891

Green Olive

5 West Quay, Bridgwater, TA6 3HL. 01278 238565

White Feather Coffee Co

The Watergate, 11 West Quay, Bridgwater, TA6 3HW. 01278 256847

The River Parrett Restaurant

11 Salmon Parade, Bridgwater, TA6 5AN.

Plus many others.

Do I have to wear a gown to my Graduation?

Yes, students graduating must wear academic dress. You will not be able to graduate if you are not wearing a gown and mortar board.

How do I hire my gown?

You can hire your gown from Ede and Ravenscroft at Please make sure you do this in advance of the ceremony, the site will close approximately two weeks before the ceremony takes place. Follow the instructions on their website. Prices are shown on the website. You will need your student ID number for this. Your institution name is University Centre Somerset.

How much will it cost to hire a gown?

Prices are shown on the website. Please visit

What do I wear for the ceremony?

The ceremony is a formal occasion and you are requested to dress appropriately. You will find it useful to wear a buttoned shirt/blouse to which the academic hood can be fastened, or alternatively bring some small safety pins to affix the button-loop of the hood to your clothes. Hair pins are also useful to secure your mortar board (hat) in place.

I have hired a gown, but can no longer attend my ceremony. Can I get a refund?

You will need to contact Ede and Ravenscroft directly to find out if you are eligible for a refund, for further details please visit

What should I do if I am running late?

Please contact a member of the Marketing team on 01278 441216 as soon as you think you may not arrive at the ceremony on time. The sooner you inform us, the sooner we can make arrangements.

Please note: if you are running late we cannot guarantee that you will be able to take part in the ceremony.

How do I pre-order my professional photographs?

Photographs have to be pre-ordered with Ede & Ravenscroft, visit their website to make a reservation

If I don’t pre-order photography, can I still have my photo taken on the day?

If you do not make a booking to have your photograph taken before the ceremony, you will still be able to on the day providing there is space and time. Payment will need to be made on the day.

Where will my professional photo be taken?

Ede and Ravenscroft will have their equipment set up in the Church.

When do I have the professional photographs taken?

Photographs need to be taken before the ceremony. We recommend that as soon as you have registered and are dressed in your gown, you should have your photograph taken. There may be a queue, but as you can expect a lot of people have pre-paid for this service, please be patient.

Can my guests take pictures or video during the ceremony?

Yes, your guests are very welcome to take pictures/video during the ceremony, but we would politely ask that those with cameras take care not to obscure the view of other guests.

Will the College be taking photographs?

Members of College staff will be taking photos on the day to use for promotional purposes; these will also be available for you to view and download from Flickr. If on the day you do not want your photograph to be taken please advise a member of staff.

Am I able to invite friends and family along to see me graduate?

Yes, each graduate is able to bring two guests along with them. If you require extra seating, please highlight this on your registration form. Once all responses have been received we will be able to gauge if extra seating is available, if so we will contact you directly.

Do I have to pay for guest tickets?

No we allocate each graduate two guest spaces at no extra charge (plus extras if available).

Where will my guest/s be seated?

Your guests will be seated to the rear of the church; these seats are not allocated and are available on a first come first served basis. If any of your guests are disabled, please advise us by calling the Graduation Team on 01278 441216 and we will reserve seating for them.

Can I or my guests bring children to the ceremony?

Of course, but please note if you are graduating your child/children will not be able to sit with you, they will need to sit in the rear pews and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please can we ask that if your child/children are disruptive during the ceremony that they are taken outside.

Is there a dress code for guests?

There is no dress code. Guests should wear what they feel comfortable in, however as it is a formal occasion we tend to find guests dress smartly.

Contact Information

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ
01278 441216 (Marketing)
01278 445464 (Reception)

St Mary's Church

St Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3EQ
01278 426493

The Tudor Hotel

21 St Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3LX
01278 422093

The McMillan Theatre

Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ
01278 556677