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Accessibility and Support requirements

We will do our best to accommodate the accessibility and support requirements of any person wishing to attend graduation.

AUB Staff and Student Ambassadors will be on hand to help assist and direct guests around the venue. There will also be First Aiders based at the venue throughout the event.

Please let us know if you or one of your guests has an accessibility or support requirement so we can make suitable arrangements to accommodate them ahead of time. You can let us know when you register for graduation and/or book your guest ticket(s).

A member of the Graduation Team will email you directly to follow up on your request and follow up with a call if requested. You'll need to submit all accessibility and support requirements by 31 May 2023. If we don't hear from you by this time, we can't guarantee that we’ll be able to accommodate you/your guest on the day.

We have a limited number of parking spaces at the Pavilion Theatre available for Blue Badge holders. Much of the car park is flat and there are no steps to negotiate.

Please let us know in the registration form if you/your guest requires a Blue Badge reserved parking space. We will follow up with you directly for your Blue Badge number and expiry date and provide your parking permit in your ticket pack.

For graduands – Please be aware that there are a few steep steps to negotiate up into the Ballroom for gowning and onto the stage when your name is called and then to descend at the opposite end of the stage. There are also several stairs upon exiting the theatre onto the terraces outside after the ceremony. If this presents a problem for you, please let us know in advance so we can propose an alternative route and/or offer an escort if required.

The Pavilion Theatre is an accessible venue (read more here). Entry to the building is via a ramp and semi-automatic doors. Wheelchair access is possible to most public areas within the Pavilion. Most audience seating is located on the ground floor. There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available. There is a lift from the ground floor down to the lower terraces exit. There is a small, reserved seating section at the front of the theatre for guests who may require assistance. Please notify us when registering any guests requiring accessibility assistance.

The Beach Marquee will host the post-ceremony reception. It is about a 15-minute walk from the Pavilion to the Marquee along the beachfront promenade (See map). The Marquee has a solid floor and ramps. It is a standing reception, although there will be some limited seating available and any guests with a green reserved seating card may show this to Marquee staff and request a chair.

Both the Pavilion Theatre and the Beach Marquee where the post-ceremony reception will take place have wheelchair accessible washroom facilities. At the Pavilion, the accessible washroom is in the main foyer on the ground floor.

Our Wellbeing team here at AUB are on hand to support you in the lead up and throughout the event. They will work closely with the graduation team to ensure the day is as stress free and enjoyable as possible. We want everyone to have a fantastic graduation experience, so if you have any concerns, need support or wish to speak to the Wellbeing team about the graduation day, then please email us and we can discuss how we can best support you.

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AUB's graduation ceremony is a great time to celebrate your achievements with your family and friends
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Graduation FAQs

We've answered some questions you might have about our graduation ceremonies
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Costs – planning ahead

Please be aware there are some additional costs associated with participating in Graduation. We appreciate that students are often on...
Students at their graduation celebrating on Bournemouth beach

Guest tickets

Each graduand is entitled to bring a maximum of two guests to attend their ceremony. These guest tickets can be purchased for £25 each...
People in graduation dress gathering on Bournemouth's pier approach.

Gown hire and photography

Once you receive your invite to register for graduation, you may book your gown, hood and cap. We recommend hiring these directly...
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Venue and live video stream

Graduation ceremonies will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre which is in the town centre. A Video live stream will also be...
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Graduation terms and conditions

Please read this section carefully as your registration and (if applicable) purchase of guest tickets for your graduation ceremony is...
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Graduation day

Graduation Day is a milestone event and most guests and graduands choose to wear smart attire to commemorate the importance of the day.
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Filming and photography

We'll have our in-house photographers circling throughout the event capturing those special moments of your day.
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We've collected photos and videos of the AUB graduation ceremonies from over the years, which are free for you to download and enjoy