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York Barbican

Friday 27 September 2024 (am)

* * Booking opens on Tuesday 30 July * * 

From To Activity Location
08:30 10:45 Registration TBC
08:30 10:45 Collection of academic dress TBC
08:30 10:45 Photography TBC
10:15   Auditorium doors open TBC
10:30 11:00 Musical programme TBC
11:00 12:30 Ceremony TBC
  13:30 Return of academic dress TBC

This page was last updated 16 April 2024. The final version will be posted 2-3 weeks before to the ceremony.

Arrival and registration

Upon arrival, please head to the Registration desks to collect your tickets, presentation card and souvenir programmes. You will also be given an information sheet with a map of the venue to help you find your way around. A preview of this will be available to view here in the weeks leading to the ceremony.

If you have any questions during the ceremony day, the staff at the Registration and Enquiry desks will be pleased to help you.

Academic Dress

If you have chosen to wear academic dress for your ceremony, you can collect this once you have registered. Collection will be open from 08:30 and all hired items should be returned by 13:30.

For details on Open University academic dress, including how to pre-order from our preferred supplier, please see 'Preparing for your ceremony'.


The photography studios will be open from 08:30. The service will also be available for a short time after the ceremony. Please be advised that there may be queues, so allow yourself plenty of time.

A photograph will also be taken of you when you cross the stage. This photograph will be available to purchase after the ceremony at the venue and online at

For further details on the photography services available on your ceremony day, including how to pre-book, please see ‘Preparing for your ceremony’.

The ceremony

The doors to the auditorium will open at 10:15 and the musical program will start. You and your guests should be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Your ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

Further details about the ceremony proceedings can be found on Your ceremony day’

Venue information


The York Barbican is fully accessible. For full details, please go to

If you or any of your guests have additional seating requirements to be considered for the ceremony, please telephone the Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0)1908 541079 at least 4 weeks before your ceremony date.


The venue has cloakroom facilities on the ground level. 

Please note that large bags, pushchairs, buggies etc. will not be permitted within the auditorium during the ceremony.

First aid

If first aid assistance is required whilst at the venue, please report to a member of venue staff. 

Security & emergencies

Please note it is at the venue’s discretion to enforce any security measures, such as bag searches.

Should the need to evacuate arise, an announcement will be made, and venue staff will provide further instruction.

York Barbican

Paragon St
YO10 4AH

Directions and parking

Contact us

The Ceremonies Centre is open and ready to support you.

Ceremonies Centre
PO Box 123
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
+44 (0) 1908 541079
Mon to Thurs 09:00 - 16:30
Fri 09:00 - 16:00

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