From this summer onwards, the University will be offering all UK graduates two free guest tickets for their graduation ceremony, in addition to the free ticket a student at the University already receives as a graduating student.
The decision comes after the University had consulted at length with the Students’ Union. The University said: “One of our key aims is to ensure the student experience at Sunderland is the best it can be, which is why we have listened carefully to the views of many students on the overall costs associated with the graduation ceremonies.”
University Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Robert Trimble, said: “Ensuring our students get the best experience and best value in all they do here is paramount. That is why I am very pleased indeed that we have been able to significantly reduce the overall costs on our students’ most important day.”
From summer 2017, all University of Sunderland students studying in the UK will automatically be entitled to two free standard graduation guest tickets, which equates to a saving of £56, in addition to their own free ticket.
Students have never paid for their own graduation ticket, but for the first time the University will now offer two free guest tickets, with the option to purchase further tickets.
Kirsty Paterson, USSU Vice President: Wellbeing and Engagement said: “We are delighted that the University has offered to provide two free guest tickets. It is something we have been campaigning on and I’d like to thank the University for working with us on this and listening to our views, and those of the students.”
The free tickets cover the cost of the Graduation Ceremonies (excluding gown hire and photography). Students and guests will enjoy a day at the Stadium of Light, including the formal ceremony, parking, a programme, pre-ceremony tea and coffee and an after-ceremony buffet.