It's graduation time again in Chester. Here's what you need to know:
When are they?
This season's university's graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday March 11 at Chester Cathedral.
Two ceremonies will be held - the first one for students in the Faculties of Business, Enterprise & Lifelong Learning; Health & Social Care, Education & Children's Services, Arts & Media and the Learning & Teaching Institute, will begin at 10.30am.
The second, for students in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Sciences and Science & Engineering, will begin at 2.30pm.
Where to park
The university encourages people to use Chester's Park and Ride. There are four Park & Ride locations available and are situated close to the major routes into the city centre. Buses will drop you off in Chester city centre with only a short walk to both the Northgate Arena (where you collect your gown and have photos taken) and Chester Cathedral.
Pay & Display - number of long and short stay pay and display car parks throughout the city centre. Northgate area - limited parking but costs are £6 for up to three hours and £15 for three hours and over. There is no parking at the Cathedral.
How to get tickets
Each Graduand/Diplomate will be allocated two guest tickets. You can request extra tickets when you register your attendance, but it isn't guaranteed that you will receive them. Admittance is by ticket only.
If it is not possible to provide you with extra tickets, your friends and family can watch the ceremonies via the internet at www.chester.ac.uk/graduation by clicking on the Graduation Ceremony Video link on the right hand side of the page.
It is also possible for guests to watch your ceremony from the University Chapel or Students’ Union Bar (CH1) on the Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.
If you are no longer able to attend your ceremony, you should contact the Graduation Office on 01244 512911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to collect and return your gown
Gowns can be collected from the Main Sports Hall in the Northgate Arena at the following times:
For Ceremony 1 - collection from 7.30am
For Ceremony 2 - collection from 11am
All gowns must be returned to the Main Sports Hall in the Northgate Arena by 6pm on the day of your ceremony.
Where to go for lunch
You're probably going to be hungry after the ceremony, and there are plenty of spots to grab a bite near the cathedral.
You could try newly opened Ginger Wine Bar & Delicatessen on Upper Northgate Street, a great place to unwind, try out different wines, delicious locally sourced food and listen to live music.
Just across the way is Marmalade, an intimate cafe offering full breakfast and lunch services as well as delicious homemade cakes and great coffee. They are also specialists in gluten free food.
If you're in the mood for a Chinese, consult our list of where to find the best Chinese food in Chester
Likewise, there are great Italian places to try in Chester too - check them out here.
Where to get a cup of coffee
If you just fancy a coffee and a cake, Chester is full of places where you can get just that. Consult our handy guide which tells you all you need to know about finding a good brew in the city centre.
Best place to take a graduation 'selfie'
There are many beautiful sights to see in Chester that would make a stunning backdrop to your graduation selfie. Here are just a few:
The Town Hall steps is a popular choice for students to throw their hats into the air.
Chester Cathedral gardens is admired for its diverse plant species and design, and features a beautiful modern sculpture, The Water of Life.
The Roman Gardens are steeped in history and still weather the scars from when Chester was beseiged in the Civil War.
The Roman Amphitheatre in Chester is the largest stone-built Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, and was the scene of Britain's largest archaeological excavation in 2005.