Information: Winter Graduations

Sunderland AFC looks forward to welcoming students of the University of Sunderland to the Stadium of Light for this winter’s Academic Award Ceremonies.

At Sunderland AFC we are proud of the excellent reputation we have built up over the years for our Hospitality and Events facilities.

The Stadium of Light has one of the North East's largest Hospitality and Events facilities and it provides the perfect venue for a wide range of events.

With a city centre location and on-site parking, the stadium is an ideal venue; conveniently placed for all major road and rail links.

All hospitality suites are purpose-built for comfort and convenience, most of which have outstanding views either across the River Wear or overlooking the pitch, suitable for events with 2 guests up to 1,000 guests.

Our highly experienced staff will also be on hand to ensure that your day runs smoothly.

This year we are able to offer a wide range of features including:

  • Reception areas with pre-ceremony refreshments (included in ticket price)
  • VIP Executive Box upgrade packages with bar stock (extra charge)
  • Gowning
  • Photography
  • Areas to purchase University merchandise
  • Post ceremony refreshments and buffet (included in ticket price, conferees go free)
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • All hospitality bars will be open pre and post ceremony (bars will close during ceremonies and will re-open 5 minutes before the end of each ceremony)
  • Free car parking (1,100 spaces)

Please note the Stadium of Light is now a cashless venue.  Hospitality bars only accept card payments (no cash payments).

For further information, contact our sales team on 0371 911 1555.

Alternatively, contact the Graduations Team at the University:


Telephone: 0191 5152093 / 0191 5152091


Wednesday 1st December 2021

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing 

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing 

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Faculty of Education and Social Science 

School of Education and School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism  

Sunderland Business School (Postgraduate Courses)

Friday 3rd December 2021

Faculty of Technology  

School of Engineering and School of Computer Science 
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism  
School of Law and Tourism

Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism 

Sunderland Business School (Undergraduate Courses) 
Faculty of Arts, Design and Creative Industries  
School of Media and Communications  
School of Art and Design


Access times
Morning Ceremony:
Guests to arrive from 8.30am and graduates to register no later than 9.15am
Afternoon Ceremony: 
Guests and graduates to arrive from 1.15pm to register no later than 2.15pm (if you have booked an Executive Box, arrive by 12 noon)

Main menu
Lasagne al Forno 
Vegan Lasagne al Forno 
Served with Garlic Bread and Chef’s Salad

Assorted Mini Cakes 

Bars open pre and post-ceremony


Make your graduation celebration extra special by upgrading to one of our fantastic Executive Boxes.
Each executive box has its own private balcony overlooking the Stadium bowl

Package Includes:
Executive box which can accommodate up to 10 guests only (including graduate)
Tea/coffee and mini patisseries
Superior buffet menu (see below) with tea and coffee
Fizz and strawberries for each guest
Mini bar stocks available on request (several packages available, additional charges apply and must be paid for in advance)
Hostess service
Personalised door name for graduate


Boxes Buffet (included):

Creamed Vegetable Soup served with herb croutons 
Parcel of English turkey filled with a sage and onion stuffing wrapped in smoked bacon, crisp roast potatoes honeyed root vegetables, chipolata and traditional turkey gravy

Roast pumpkin ravioli smothered with a pesto cream topped with a parmesan, pine nut and roquette salad (v)
Chocolate Dome with Winter berries accompanied with raspberry ripple cream
Tea and Coffee

Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.  Please highlight these when booking with the University of Sunderland


To book your VIP experience, please contact the Graduations Team and the University of Sunderland:

Telephone: 0191 5152093 / 0191 5152091

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