A successful graduate of the DofE programme may attend the certificate and badge ceremony. The ceremony is usually attended by the DofE patrons and other important guests. Attendance at the ceremony is included in the participation fee that applies when registering for the DofE programme, so there is no need for any extra payment.
Completion of a level in ORB - a condition for completing the ceremony
You must complete all activities and adventurous journeys and register them in the ORB by the given date (see Dates below). To register for the ceremony, it is necessary to have a status in ORB: Approved by the National Center. It is recommended to contact your Leader before the end of the term so that they complete your entries in the ORB in time.
Certificates and badges
An electronic certificate and a badge will be sent to you via email (filled in the ORB) to all successful backers after completing the given level! If you attend the ceremony, we give you a printed certificate and a real badge right there. We recommend attaching the electronic certificate as an attachment to university applications, internships, job offers or presenting it, for example, on LinkedIn. Your future employer or university will certainly be interested in the fact that you can set your goals correctly and, above all, achieve them purposefully.
Registration for the ceremony
An email with a link to register for the ceremony will be sent to your email, the one listed in ORB (don't forget to check your spam!). Registration for the ceremony takes less time (see Dates), so ideally fill out the application as soon as it arrives.
Timetable of the ceremony
It is imperative to arrive on time and in formal attire and grooming for the ceremony, as each successful graduate will go on stage to receive their certificate and badge. After arriving at the ceremony, you must register at the entrance. Afterwards, sit together with other people from your DofE Centre. After the opening, the moderators will first welcome everyone, distinguished guests will give their speeches, and then the most important part will come, i.e. awarding you, the successful graduates. During the handover of certificates, your DofE bio, which you enclosed when signing up for the ceremony, will be read. You will also have the opportunity to give a speech or demonstrate your skill (you can mention it when signing up for the ceremony). When your name is called, you go to the stage where you shake hands first with one presenter who gives you your certificate and then with another person who presents you with a badge. After that, you remain standing between these two and the photographer takes a picture of you together. After taking a picture, you leave the stage with a feeling of victory and return to your seat. 😊 After the end, there will be a joint photo shoot of all participants and your leaders. We will be happy if you stay after the ceremony for refreshments and if there´s an opportunity to talk informally, both with DofE representatives and, for example, with patrons. The entire official part of the ceremony lasts a maximum of an hour (depending on the number of awardees), the informal part is also no longer than an hour.
We will announce the dates for the next year's Silver-Bronze ceremonies in early October 2022. Watch this website for more information.
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FAQ for participants
How do I complete a level?
All activities and the adventurous journey must be completed and registered in the ORB. In order to be eligible for the ceremony, it is necessary to have the ORB status: Award Office Authorization. It is recommended to contact your leader before the end of the term so that they complete your entries in the ORB in time.
What if I can't complete the level by the required deadline?
No problem, you can attend a ceremony next time.
How do I get the certificate?
You get an electronic certificate once you complete a level. It will come automatically to your email (the one registered in the ORB). You will receive a paper certificate only at the ceremony, or from your manager/coordinator, who can pick it up for you at the ceremony. It can also be sent to your DofE center after the ceremony.
Do I need only the electronic certificate - as proof of the DofE completion?
Yes, that's enough! For this reason, an electronic version is now being sent to you as it can be attached to your CV. Then don't forget to present it on social networks and add it, for example, to LinkedIn.
How do I get the badge?
An electronic badge will arrive together with the electronic certificate via email. The badge can only be received at the ceremony. Don´t worry, if you can´t make it to the ceremony or anything happens to the badge, it can be bought in our e-shop.
Is the ceremony mandatory?
No, participation at the ceremony is not mandatory. However, you will not receive the badge. And that would be a shame.
I want to attend the ceremony, do I have to register for it?
Yes, an application will be sent to your e-mail registered in the ORB! It is necessary to have all activities completed and be in ORB status: Completed.
Why didn't I receive an application for the ceremony?
An invitation to the ceremony was received by all graduates who met the registration deadline. You probably do not have the required status in the ORB: Approval by the National Center or you did not meet the required deadline. P.S. The application for the ceremony goes to the email you have registered in the ORB and don't forget to check your spam.
What happens if I can't log in?
You will not lose the electronic certificate /badge, it will be sent to your email (the one you have registered in the ORB). Unfortunately, it will no longer be possible to participate in the ceremony.
If I don't attend my ceremony, can I go to a ceremony a year later?
Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. In case you miss the deadline to register for the ceremony, it is not possible to participate in any other ceremony. But don't worry, the electronic certificate is in your email and you can always try the next level!
Why should I fill in the short personal info on the ceremony application?
As soon as the moderators call you by name at the ceremony, they read your short personal info from the ceremony application, so it's great if you share with us your experience from pursuing the programme.
Why should I want to perform or give a speech at the ceremony?
Each ceremony is unique, and we would appreciate it if you share your experience "fellow students" (speech) or, on the contrary, demonstrate some skill at the ceremony (singing, playing the piano, acroyoga, ballroom dancing, etc.). It makes the ceremony even more remarkable.
Who can I bring with me?
You can be accompanied by two people. They can be parents, siblings, friends or a date. 😉 The choice is yours!
How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony - the presentation of certificates and badges lasts a maximum of 1 hour (depending on the number of participants), the informal part with refreshments also lasts a maximum of 1 hour. So it is best if you set aside 2 hours for the ceremony.
Can the location/date of the ceremony be changed?
Sadly it is not possible. The ceremony you applied for is just the right one for you!
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FAQ for leaders
What can I do to make my participants finish a level in the ORB?
To complete the level in the ORB, it is necessary your account is in the ORB status: Award Office Authorization within the deadline determined by the National Center. If you have difficulties filling out the ORB, please contact us in time (before the deadline) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it possible to fill in the dates in the ORB after the deadline and my friend can still participate in this year's ceremony?
No, unfortunately this is not possible. The entry can be completed in the ORB after the deadline, however this student will be able to participate in the ceremony next year.
How does my participant register for the ceremony?
Alone! Please don't rush to the ceremony, save your energy. 😉 Each participant receives an application form for the ceremony via email (the email address registered in the ORB). However, you can inform them to await such an email. Sometimes these emails end up in spam. 😊
Why should they add a short personal info in the ceremony application?
This short personal info will be read at the ceremony for each awardee. So it is highly appreciated if this short info is added to your application.
Why would they want to perform or give a speech at the ceremony?
Each ceremony is unique, and we are very pleased if students want to share their experiences from doing the programme (speech) in front of their "fellow students" or demonstrate a skill (singing, playing the piano, acroyoga, ballroom dancing, etc.). If interested, the awardees may add this information to the application. It adds atmosphere to the ceremony😊
Do I have to register as a leader/coordinator for the ceremony?
Yes, if you want to accompany your friends to the ceremony, you must register for the ceremony. You will receive an application via email (the address registered in the ORB).
Can I forward my ceremony application to my peers or colleagues?
No. Each application is unique. Based on an application, certificates are printed.
Why was I not invited to this year's ceremony as a leader/coordinator?
All leaders/coordinators who have this year's graduates registered in the ORB receive an invitation to the ceremony. Don´t worry, any of your colleagues who receives the invitation can take you as their guest. You will definitely not miss the ceremony! P.S. Applications go to the email you have registered in the ORB and don't forget to check your spam.
Can I pick up certificates and badges for those who don't show up at the ceremony?
Yes, you can pick up the certificates and badges after the ceremony for those who do not attend (and are eligible to it).
Can the location/date of the ceremony be changed?
No, unfortunately this is not possible.
Who else can accompany me?
Take one person with you. For example, a leader who doesn't have this year's participants, or a colleague who thinks that DofE is great. The choice is yours!
How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony - the handover of certificates and badges lasts a maximum of 1 hour (depending on the number of graduates), the informal part with refreshments also lasts a maximum of 1 hour. So it is best if you set aside 2 hours for the ceremony.
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