Your Graduation

A Momentous Occasion

Each year, hundreds of our students attend the Higher Education Graduation, a ceremony that exhibits the talent, dedication and innovation of students. 

As the most significant celebration in the academic year, the Higher Education Graduation Awards are held in the iconic Manchester Cathedral, a setting worthy of the momentous occasion of becoming a Higher Education graduate. As student achievements are recognised and celebrated, we also welcome back past students and a number of esteemed guests to impart their experiences and advice to graduands. Our graduates have followed their academic ambitions and achieved success as teachers, nurses, illustrators and entrepreneurs, using the knowledge, skills and qualifications they have gained with us.

Graduation details

The iconic Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral is the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester.

Wednesday 12th October 2022

The Graduation Ceremony takes place between 4.00pm and 7.00pm (timings may be subject to change).

Notable Speakers

As a part of the graduation ceremonies we invite a notable guest to deliver a keynote speech to students. These guests include past students, celebrities or local influential characters. In the past we have been delighted to be joined by:

Gary Neville

English football coach and former player, also co-owner of Salford City Football Club

Chelsea Norris

Radio presenter and charitable foundation organiser

Paul Highton

Ex-Salford City Reds Rugby Player, BBC Commentator and member of the GB Rugby League Academy

Steven Swanborough

Former student and current graphic designer for Rio Olympics and EA Sports

Carly Tait

UK Paralympian in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Silver medalist

Nick Entwistle

Former Art & Design Student and Creative Director of Trunk and Founder of One Minute Briefs and the Bank of Creativity