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Higher Education Graduation Ceremony


About the event

The Hopwood Hall College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony, held at Rochdale Town Hall, awards students studying for higher level qualifications in: Electrical Engineering, Education & Training, Early Years, Animal Management, Sports Development and Games Development.

Leaders from the community such as Mayor of Rochdale, Billy Sheerin, local MPs, and education providers from around the area also join us in celebrating the success of our learners.

How to confirm your attendance, order gown and guest tickets:

To confirm your attendance please visit the Higher Education Graduation portal at where you can book your graduate ticket, your guest tickets, and hire your cap and gown. The cost to hire the cap and gown is £35 and includes an 8x6 official photograph.

Guest tickets are FREE and you can book up to 4 tickets. Please note that we advise that the ceremony may not be appropriate for very young children to attend.

To order your cap and gown you will need the following details: name, student number, course award, height, head size, email address and debit or credit card. Please ensure you register and pay online no later than 11pm on 26th September.

Pictured: 2018 Higher Education Graduation Ceremony.

Official photographs

Every gown hire includes the cost of one portrait photograph supplied with an 8” x 6” colour print in presentation mount.

Additional copies may be ordered with the official photographer on the day at £20 per pack which includes one 10x8 print, one 8x6 print and one 7x5 print. There will be a further opportunity for photographs of you and your family after the ceremony, you can request these on the day from the event photographer.

Please note that additional photography packs must be paid for on the evening. It is also worth noting that the appointed photographer is unable to accept payments by card so please remember to bring cash.

Arrival time

We advise you and your guests to arrive at our Rochdale campus from 3.45pm onwards but no later than 4.30pm to allow enough time to collect your robes and have your photograph taken.

Riverside Restaurant

Should you wish to meet family or friends to celebrate following the ceremony you can book a 3-course meal at our Riverside Restaurant, based at the Rochdale campus, for £15.00 per person. Please email to book a table or visit for more information.

Congratulations on your success and we hope that you and your guests enjoy a splendid evening.