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Graduation Ceremony Details

This page provides further information and guidance about your ceremony timings, location information, what to expect, and other FAQs. We hold graduation ceremonies in the spring and winter each year at The Barbican Centre in London.

Key Facts

Ceremony Dates:
Spring 2023

Venue:
Concert Hall at The Barbican Centre, London

All graduation ceremonies will be live streamed.

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Ceremony details

Student eligibility for each ceremony is determined by the date that your results are agreed and fully published, and the graduation team will contact you to confirm when your ceremony will be.

 

Graduands who successfully complete and pass their programme, course and award with no exemptions, with their results published between 11 September 2022 and 1 March 2023, will automatically be invited to the Spring 2023 graduation ceremonies.

Below details a typical graduation programme from start to finish.

Morning Ceremony

  • 8:00 – 9:30: Arrival, checking in at registration, gowning and photography
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Graduands take their seats
  • 9:30 – 9:45: Guests take their seats
  • 10:00 – 11:30: Ceremony
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Post-ceremony celebratory drinks reception

Afternoon Ceremony

  • 13:00 – 14:30: Arrival, checking in at registration, gowning and photography
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Graduands take their seats
  • 14:30 – 14:45: Guests take their seats
  • 15:00 – 16:30: Ceremony
  • 16:30 – 17:30: Post-ceremony celebratory drinks reception

Each ceremony is unique, however the main formalities are the same:

  • Graduands are allocated seats based on their campus, course and alphabetically by surname, and therefore we ask you to please sit in the seat you have been allocated.
  • When it is time for you to walk across the stage, an Usher will direct you from your seat to form an orderly queue inside the hall.
  • When your name is announced by your Campus Dean or representative, you will walk across the stage, take a short pause and acknowledge the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor, when a photo will be taken. Please note, no certificates are handed out at graduation.
  • An Usher will redirect you back to your seat, where you will remain until the end of the ceremony.

Ceremony information, such as timings, is subject to change and any details listed here should be used purely as a guide.

The ceremonies will be set subject to your course and campus. You cannot choose which ceremony you go to.

Photography will only be available prior to your ceremony, during the allocated time slot. We ask that travel and arrival arrangements are made to allow time for this. Guests are welcome to take photos during the ceremony, however they must not use flash or leave their seat due to health and safety of all attending.

Should you book any travel, accommodation or external activities prior to receiving confirmation of your eligibility, you will be fully liable for any additional charges incurred for cancellations or amendments to your bookings. We strongly recommend if booking prior to confirmation, that your bookings are free to cancel or amend.

The University cannot be held liable for any loss or damage, including but not limited to travel and accommodation costs, which may arise from a graduation ceremony that is cancelled or rearranged due to the coronavirus or Graduand attendance.

To see our previous graduation ceremonies, please visit our YouTube page.

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FAQs

If your query was not answered in the section above please check out our frequently asked questions below.

We host the ceremonies in London as this is the most central location for all students, guests and volunteers who help run the day. The Barbican is also an appropriate sized venue for us to accommodate a larger number of students, additional guests and the formalities such as gowning.

We have hosted a separate ceremony for campuses north of London previously, but this was not well attended and we had more students requesting a London ceremony than a venue nearer where they studied.

All certificates are sent to students in the post before the ceremony – we do not distribute certificates at graduation. If you have any queries relating to your certificate please contact the following departments:

If you are unable to attend your official graduation date and would like to postpone your attendance and transfer to another ceremony, please follow the steps outlined below.

Please send an email to [email protected] providing your full name, student ID, campus, award and contact details.

Subject to capactiy and to the discresion of the Graduation Team, you will be added to the next graduation transfer list.

Please note, transfers will not automatically be actioned and any transfer request needs to be received within three months of the ceremony you were due to attend. Due to the backlog of graduation ceremonies caused by the pandemic, 2022 Graduands will be transferred to the Spring 2023 ceremonies or the next available ceremony in 2023.

Yes, children are welcome to attend the ceremony. Please refer to the ticketing section for further details regarding ticket costs.

Late arrivals will cause disruption to the ceremony and therefore if you arrive later than 9:55 for the morning ceremony and 14:55 for the afternoon ceremony, you may not be able to enter the ceremony. If we are able to allow you late access, you or your guests may be allocated different seats to those shown on your ticket.

Yes, all graduation ceremonies are live streamed and available to watch via our YouTube or on the graduation homepage.

Each ceremony is unique, however the main formalities are the same.

  • Students are allocated seats based on their campus, course and alphabetically by surname, and therefore we ask you please sit in the seat you have been allocated.
  • When it is time for you to walk across the stage, an Usher will direct you from your seat to form an orderly queue inside the auditorium.
  • When your name is announced by your Campus Dean or representative, you will walk across the stage, shake hands with the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor, stopping to pose for a photo before exiting the stage. Please note, no certificates are handed out at graduation.
  • An Usher will redirect you back to your seat, where you will remain until the end of the ceremony.

No. Only your name will be called out when you cross the stage.

When ordering your ticket, there is the option to add your name with phonetic spelling – please use this box to give us the correct pronunciation of your name (e.g. “Sophie” would be “So-fee”) for call-out purposes.

If this is not completed at the stage of booking, your name may not be pronounced correctly.