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Q. What is the deadline for responding to say if I wish to attend the ceremony?

A. The deadline for responding is October 18th, 2019.


Q. What are the dates and times?

A. The St. Augustine ceremonies are on October 24th, 25th and October 26th, 2019. These are faculty specific and the dates and times must be carefully noted. Please see here for dates of Mona, Cave Hill and Open Campus ceremonies.


Q.  What should I wear?

A.   As indicated in our current information; this is a formal ceremony as graduates are required to wear as follows:

Female – white only either dresses or suits with black shoes. (Other colours are not acceptable)

Please ensure that dresses are appropriate for the occasion and should include a strap for fastening/securing of the gown. Very short dresses are inappropriate.

Male – use of formal wear/dark lounge suits.

Gowns are designed to be worn with shirts. You should therefore bring along safety pins to secure gowns to apparel. Assistance in robing will be provided when you assemble for the ceremony.


Q.   How many guests may I bring?

A.   If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive two guest invitations only. An invitation admits only one person (adult or child).


Q.   How long will the ceremony be?

A.   Usually 2 to 2½ hours in duration.


Q.  Will I be served refreshments?

A.   Only bottled water will be available.


Q.   Am I eligible for graduation?

A.   You are required to check with your Faculty. If however your academic record indicates that you have been awarded in the 2018/2019 Academic Year, and you have no outstanding fees payable to The University, then you are eligible to attend Graduation Ceremonies 2019.


Q.   I have a temporary/permanent disability; would special arrangements be made for me to attend?

A.     Yes, we would do our best to accommodate, if you advise the Senior Assistant Registrar/Examinations in good time before the ceremony. Kindly click here – Disability Accommodation Request Form to fill out the relevant form.


Q.   Can someone collect my return cheque for rental of gown?

A.     Individuals collecting cheques on behalf of graduates, should present an authorization letter and any form of valid identification for themselves as well as the graduate.


Q.    When will I receive my guest invitations?

A.     The two invitations will be given to you upon collection of gown and hood for the ceremony.


Q.    I have received my academic regalia but I am now unable to attend the ceremony. What should I do?

A.    If you are unable to attend, you should immediately return the academic regalia and invitations to the Examinations Section where you will be guided accordingly and all necessary arrangements for refund made.


Q.    Is there accommodation in close proximity to the University?

A.     Yes. The graduation website contains a directory of accommodation located in close proximity to the St. Augustine Campus.


Q.   At what time does my ceremony take place?

A.    Please refer here for accurate information on date and time of each Ceremony at the respective Campuses.


Q.    What are the seating arrangements for graduands?

A.    Special seating is reserved for graduands. Please ensure that you sit as assigned.


Q.   Are children allowed to attend the ceremony?

A.    Yes, with proper supervision.  However, due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, it is not desirable to have children under five and in particular, babies in attendance.


Q.   When can I have my official graduation photographs taken?

A.    The designated official photographer will be available as indicated on our website.  Kindly visit here for detailed information.


Q.    If I am unable to attend the ceremony this year, is it possible to defer attendance?

A.    There is no provision for deferral of attendance.


Q.   Can I have my personal photographer take pictures before and during the ceremony?

A.    No, only the designated UWI photographer is allowed to take photographs during the ceremony. Personal photography hinders the process of preparation before the ceremony begins.

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