Graduating whilst at Sandhurst

#1
Quick question I hope someone can help me out with.

I will be on the Sept 2013 CC at RMAS but my university holds its graduation ceremony on the 20th or 21st Sept. Would it be possible for me to leave for a day so early on into the CC? Or would I need to wait until term finishes?

Many thanks for any advice.
 
#2
You can write a letter to the old college commander when you get there, but I would not hold out much hope. As a rule the only thing you can get out for in the first five weeks is a funeral, one chap I know missed his sisters wedding.
 
#5
Unless things have changed since I was there then no...

On the pay side, assuming you pass the course you will graduate, therefore you start the term as a graduate.

S_R
 
#6
You still graduate, even if you don't turn up on the day. To be honest, I wouldn't bother. Waste of money, time and effort and time far better spent doing something far more productive
Like phys! And Assault Courses and Drill and more phys!

You'll have a far better day than your peers in their mortarboards and gowns. And it will be longer too so you'll be even more productive.

Let your Colour and PC know you are 'graduating' that day. They may sort you out a little treat.
 
#7
[video=youtube;y3cn7GxESK0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3cn7GxESK0[/video]
Unlikely
 
#8
[video=youtube;39p0UZhDc4A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39p0UZhDc4A[/video]
likely (but with better technique... probably).
 
#9
[video=youtube;T0cn0hs7AbY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0cn0hs7AbY[/video]
Could even look like this...
 
#11
I had the day off to attend my graduation. As somebody previously suggested, I had to write to the college commander. Whether I actually turned up for the ceremony, or spent the day in the boozer is a different matter...
 
#12
Graduation Day is really for Mums and Dads. But mainly Mums.

If you don't get time off for it, here's a thought: Which University you at, i.e. does it host the Graduation Ceremony on its own campus, or does it take place elsewhere? If the former, then it'll likely have its own photographic unit, which then in turn will likely have a few bits and pieces of the ridiculous garments and headgear germane to the proceedings. If you contact them they'll tog you up, and help you out with a set of photos for your Mum, provided you turn up there when you get chance. For a small consideration, obviously. If the latter, you could contact the host establishment in the same regard. It'd be nice for your Mum.

Apart from the photos there's really **** all else to Graduation Day anyhow.
 
#13
Apart from the photos there's really **** all else to Graduation Day anyhow.
What do you mean? There's spending hours sitting in uncomfortable chairs whilst the Vice Chancellor makes a speech about how great he is, and then there's the experience of being charged upwards of £100 for a few dried-out sandwiches, some bake-off sausage rolls and a bottle of warm and rancid sparkling wine.

You then promise to stay in touch with all your university friends, both the 75% you'll never hear from again, and the other 25% who you'll grow apart from over the coming ten years or so, as you realise you had nothing in common apart from youth and thirst.
 
#14
Weeks 1 - 5?

His grad is on the 20 or 21 sept... he'll have barely unpacked and been issued his kit!

More likely days events...
[video=youtube;4RJMaMlz1Ug]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RJMaMlz1Ug[/video]
 
#15
You can always go to the graduation ceremony next year
 
#16
To sum-up for the OP, (who seems to be flappig a bit at something that's a year away....)

1) In between your tutors/lecturers marking your last exam (or piece of coursework) and the Graduation Ceremony, your status is "Graduand". This means everything has been marked, your grade is known and you're just waiting for "Prize Day". This is a legit thing, and lots of people have gotten new jobs while in this phase.

2) When you get nearer to Prize Day, you'll get a letter from your Uni where they confirm whether you're attending the prize day that year (and confirming how your name is pronounced if it's odd or foreign; the Chancellor doesn't want to look foolish), or if you're deffering for another time, or just want to get the Certificate in the post. If you (or you mum, or your g/f) really want to see you spend the day dressed like a teacher from Hogwarts, do try deffering.

(Edited to add, many uni's let you wear a formal uniform under the grad-robes, you might cut a bit more of a dash with your Service Dress amongst a sea of polyester interview suits from ASDA. Is there a period of leave between ending term-3 at RMAS, and joining one's unit? Does that line up with the expected prize day in 2014? - if your Uni is any cop, that will be scheduled already!)

3) If you are really concerned that people won't take you seriously while waiting for "Prize day", or before the Cert gets through the post, the adminstrators in your School or Faculty can write an official letter stating that you've "Fulfilled all requirements for the Degree of XXX, in the subject of YYY", and that they "intend to confer the degree on you on the 39th of Jellember " It'll have the University seal on it, and the administrator who signed it will confirm it's bona-fide if anyone rings up and asks.
 
#17
I have just got back from my PCCBC for January 2013 and we were told there was no chance of being allowed off camp in weeks 1-5 for weddings, graduations, birthdays e.t.c. The only thing that would be considered is family illness/funerals. It was made very clear that if you expect to have commitments in weeks 1-5 then you should defer entry!
 
#18
Jesus ******* wept.............
 
#19
I have just got back from my PCCBC for January 2013 and we were told there was no chance of being allowed off camp in weeks 1-5 for weddings, graduations, birthdays e.t.c. The only thing that would be considered is family illness/funerals. It was made very clear that if you expect to have commitments in weeks 1-5 then you should defer entry!
It's only a Uni grad party... it will be superceded soon enough by the RMAS grad party.
 

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