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5 things you should know if you’re graduating this summer

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Your final semester as a student can be an intense time, but as well as focusing on your studies it’s important to make plans for your future after graduation.

The summer may seem a long way off, but trust us it’s coming up fast, and everyone who’s hoping to graduate this year needs to start thinking about your next steps now.

To help you achieve your post-graduation goals, here are five things to do now:

1. When you need to register your attendance
The final schedule of ceremonies will be finalised in the first week of April, which will include the date and time of your ceremony. Registration is due to open on 11 April in My Manchester, and we will email all students that week with further instructions on the steps you need to complete.  

Even if you’re not planning on attending your ceremony, you’ll still need to complete the registration form to let us know so we can get your certificate to you. The deadline for registration is Monday, 3 July.

Please note: Global MBA students will receive separate communication by email providing information for you to register to attend. 

2. How to book your robes/academic dress
You’ll need to wear official academic dress – a graduation gown, hood and cap – to your ceremony. You’ll be able to book these online through Ede and Ravenscroft or call them on +44 (0)1223 861854. We suggest you book your robes as soon as you’ve registered your attendance to get in ticked off your list.

The deadline to book your academic dress is by Monday, 26 June 2023.

3. How to book your guest tickets
All graduands are entitled to a maximum of two guest tickets each, which will be collected on the day when you sign in at the registration desk on arrival. Guest tickets are booked through My Manchester as you register your attendance.

On the day, if there’s extra space we’ll usually allow additional guests to enter the hall, however this is not guaranteed. Don’t worry though, guests without ticket will be able to watch the ceremony live-streamed on campus (Lecture Theatre A, University Place), and friends and family at home will be able to join the stream too on YouTube!

4. What to expect on the day
There’s a lot going on during the day of your ceremony, and we want it to go as smoothly as possible for you and your guests.

We recommend you take a look through the Graduation website to familarise yourself with all the information on preparing to graduate and the order of the day so you know what to expect and where you need to be. The website will be up-to-date with the latest information

5. How to connect with your careers team
With graduation a few months away, now is a great time to connect with the Careers service if you haven’t already to consider your options after you graduate.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest career opportunities and events on the Careers website, and follow on Twitter – plus don’t forget you can get support from the Careers service for up to two years after you graduate!

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