The University of Sussex Graduation Ceremonies are organised by the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) as part of their remit to run the University’s corporate events programme. DARO is also responsible for raising philanthropic income for scholarships and research and for managing the alumni relations programme.
The person responsible for organising the ceremonies is Caroline Lehany who works in conjunction with a range of administrative colleagues to organise all of the University of Sussex graduation ceremonies.
Graduation is the more common word for what is known technically in the University’s Charter & Statutes as ‘conferment’ of degrees. Students who have successfully completed their studies and who are having their awards conferred at a ceremony are known as ‘graduands’. Following their conferment at the ceremony they leave as ‘graduates’.
Graduation is a free service to graduands, but the University does make a standard charge (currently £25) for each guest ticket (free to children under 12 years) to offset the high costs of such events; this includes a free programme and a drinks reception after the ceremony.