As you may have already seen in previous articles, the Graduate ball planning is firmly under way and there are a whole host of things that I know people will be extremely excited about! The Venue has now been confirmed and it will be held at the City Cruise Terminal down the waterfront.
Ticket prices, the theme, the headline act, are all things that are yet to be confirmed but we have some exciting possibilities in the pipeline. There will be an array of entertainment on the night and I’m sure it will be an incredibly special evening for all the guests that will be attending.
I remember my Grad Ball just last summer, and the entire day is a special one. A day you should be sharing with your very best mates, reflecting on the experiences you have all been through together during your time at University, I certainly won’t forget it for a long time.
Something that is currently being thought about by the Graduate ball team is the whole experience around dining at the ball with your friends. We feel that getting some further student consultation on the issue would be a great way for us to determine what route we should take with the dining option. The ticket prices are in no way confirmed, and we are only going by estimates at the moment. Some are the options would be as follows.
For the dining option that has happened in the past, putting on a 3 course meal for students will see a ticket price cost of roughly £70 – £75. Have you dined in the past, if so what did you think of it? What do you think about the dinner option in general at balls?
An alternative to this would be a VIP flying food style, with this you would see a canapé style of food being served by waiters who would constantly just go around and guests could pick up any food they wish off the platters. The price of this ticket would be approximately £60.
Another alternative would be to have no food at the actual event, but for the Union to talk to local restaurants to put on deals for people attending the event. That way guests could have far more choice around what they would like to eat together before the big partying begins. The ticket price for this would be around £35 – £45.
So what are your thoughts on these potential options? Please take 2 minutes to fill in the survey below so we can gather some data around what students want to see at the Grad ball. Please also feel free to leave plenty of comments for the team to take on board, what act would you like to see? What kind of stories have you heard from previous Grad Balls that have worked well in the past or around the country? It is important we get as many students contributing as possible; after all, it is your Union, your graduate ball and your special evening.