Supported by our booking system, we were able to offer clear instructions for students and staff in
relation to gown sizes, including information on how to take accurate measurements. All payments
made for tickets, gown hire, and purchase were offered on the website via secure payments with all
popular card merchants.
This meant that the day of the graduations could run as smoothly as possible, providing a surplus of
gowns for those booking on the day, and providing assistance in robing to staff and VIPs, posting a
member of the team before a student crosses the stage to ensure presentability.
In order to ensure that the space was utilised effectively, we modelled a digital seating plan to replicate
the available space at the Barbican, this included various layouts to meet different ceremony
requirements for such as VIPs, accessibility, house seats and reserved seating areas.
This seating was to be accessed with clear instructions on tickets as well as capacity limiting
functionality used in the booking system to prevent over subscription of ceremonies.
We were also able to utilise our QR code scanning application which allowed us to check graduates
and guests as they arrived with their e-tickets, a feature sorely missed from the University’s previous
supplier. We actually observed that the original ceremonies became fully booked and students began to
fill the waiting list. As our system is pre-populated, we were then able to re-open the system to only
those that were on the waiting list. This gatekeeping was a feature that the University of Law found
In terms of staff, we also created a suite of officer’s robes to the University, and over 200
new garments were created for the University following audit of existing stock, all made carbon neutral
through our use of Envirothread.
To ensure the smooth running of the event, we provided 25 gowning team members for the larger
ceremonies to ensure queuing times were kept to a minimum.
Most of the ceremonies had 375 graduates each, however, the November ceremonies were much
larger with over 500 per ceremony, which was the biggest that the venue had ever housed for a
University. However we were ultimately able to provide over 55 members of Graduation Attire staff to
cope with the size of the event.
We were even told by the venue themselves, who host many Graduation Events organised by other
organisations, that we were their preferred service supplier. A wonderful compliment and testament to
our dedication to excellent customer service.