Graduation day checklist: Everything you need to do before the big day


Girl in graduation cap

It’s almost here. Graduation day.

You’ve worked so hard to get here (pulling endless all-nighters in the process), and you deserve to celebrate your achievements.

It’s due to be one of the proudest moments of your life.

So, to make sure your big day runs smoothly, we’ve put together a checklist of the most important things to do before you officially become a graduate.


1) Register to graduate

This is definitely a good starting point.

By the time you read this, you’ll probably have registered already, but here's your reminder just in case. The clock is ticking!

You need to let your university know whether you’ll actually be attending on the day, otherwise they’ll assume you want to graduate “in absentia”.


2) Pay off your university debts

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about your student loan or anything drastic like that.

However, it would be a shame to not be able to graduate, all because you didn’t pay off a library fine. Time to settle up!


3) Order your robes

Most universities require you to do this by contacting Ede & Ravenscroft, but there may be some variances.

Check with your university about exactly how to order, and where to pick your gown up.

Remember to take your measurements as carefully and precisely as you can. You’ll be in a fair few photos so it’s important to get the right size!


4) Book your guest tickets

Want people to come and watch you graduate?

You can usually order a limited amount of tickets, but if you’re fortunate, there might be some left over. Set a reminder to check if there’s been a second allocation if you need more.

For those who can’t be there on the day, there’s usually a live link posted online. Some universities even stream the graduation ceremony in areas near the venue, like outside in a marquee. If this is the case, you can celebrate with more friends and family afterwards.


5) Pre-book photos

You’ll want to remember this day forever, and you KNOW you want a photo in the traditional cap and gown with your degree in hand.

Pre-booking in advance ensures you don’t have to stress on the day, and it’ll make your family happy as well.


6) Tell the university how to say your name

If your name is one that people often struggle with, many universities ask you to contact them.

Does John Smith have to do this? No. Is that fair? Probably not. But the last thing you want is a messy pronunciation ruining your special moment.


7) Arrange accommodation

Moved out of student accommodation already? Or perhaps your family and friends are in town and need somewhere to stay?

Don’t stress. Liberty Living offers affordable summer accommodation that’s close to university across 19 UK cities. You can check availability here.


8) Run through the day in your mind

Have you read the emails about the location thoroughly?

Do you know what to do once you get there?

Is your phone charged so you can take lots of pics?

Have you thought about your walk? (Yes, we all walk every day - but on a stage, in front of lots of people?!)

The intention isn’t to make you nervous, just to make sure you’re prepared.


9) Plan an outfit

You’ll have your robes on, but what about the clothes under that?

Try to dress as smartly as possible, in a suit or dress. This is a formal occasion after all, and one that’ll be on camera forevermore!

Getting your hair done, wearing special jewellery and finding the perfect shoes are things you might want to consider too.

On a personal note, I went to the University of Liverpool, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more like a local “Scouse” girl as when I hurried down the high-street with my hair in rollers as part of my graduation prep. Classic Liverpool.

Pro tip: Bring hair grips. You’ll want to keep your cap firmly on your head (except later of course, when you throw it in the air!). Just don’t safety pin your hired robe - this isn’t actually allowed…


10) Make a dinner reservation

If you’re planning to celebrate all your hard work (and why not?), make a dinner reservation in advance so that there’s space at your favourite place. And make it a fancy one! Let’s face it, your parents are probably paying, and you deserve it!

Just don’t forget your ID so you can enjoy some champagne!


Congratulations to all past and current residents of Liberty Living student accommodation who are graduating this year!

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