Manchester blog: Your guide to preparing for your child's graduation

Monday 21 May 2018 by Jessica Mendoza Your guide to preparing for your child's graduation...


Practical matters

You must book accommodation. This is a crucial component of successful graduation day for you and your graduate. It’s a day of celebration, a glass or two of prosecco is definitely necessary – perhaps even a Bucks Fizz breakfast. The last thing you want to do is feel cautious about the long drive back home. After three, long, sleepless years, your child deserves a nice dinner, a large alcoholic drink and a warm comfy SACO bed. After all, they made it!

If you’re travelling by car, please be sure to check the parking arrangements with SACO before you leave. SACO Manchester offers 12 car parking spaces on site and they are priced at £10.00 per night including VAT – pretty cheap and convenient, just call up.

Most universities have a limit on how many guests each student can bring, but that doesn’t mean the family can’t come along for the day. There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester to keep everyone busy during the ceremony, for tips on where to go check out our blog ways to celebrate your graduation in Manchester. And, lucky for you, SACO Manchester can offer you a two bedroom apartment so there’s no excuse not to bring the whole clan along!


The ceremony

Formal wear is expected from both students and guests; you’ll have the pictures forever, so it’s worth making an effort. Although most graduations are in summer, check the weather and always bring a light jacket – just in case. This is the UK after all. If you’re not sure what to wear, don’t panic, take the time to go shopping in Manchester Arndale. You’re guaranteed to find something more than fitting there.

Make sure you get to the ceremony at least an hour beforehand so that your graduate has time to collect their robe without feeling rushed. Luckily, SACO Manchester is only a seven minute drive away from Manchester Metropolitan University and only a 15 minute drive away from The University of Manchester.

Don’t hold back with your claps, whoops and whistles whilst your graduate collects their degree certificate. Hearing all those cheers when they make the walk up to receive their degree will make everything 10 times more enjoyable.


How to behave

Just enjoy spending the day with your family. Take a lot of photos, make some special memories and remember serious events don’t call for serious photos – get them to jump in the air with their degrees in hand. Lots of smiles, kisses and hugs - your graduate did it and deserves the spotlight.

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