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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:

  • Dates for our Autumn 2024 ceremonies to be published in due course. 

Venue:
Concert Hall at The Barbican Centre, London

All graduation ceremonies will be live streamed.

Disclaimer: All Graduation information provided (dates, times, location and eligibility criteria etc.) is subject to change. Please do not rely on the above information prior to the publication of the confirmed ceremony details for your campus. The University will not be liable for any costs incurred due to any changes or cancellations to travel, accomodation or external bookings. Please click here for full terms and conditions. 

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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.

 

Eligibility: You will receive an invitation to graduate if you meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Successful completion and passing of all elements of your course, programme or degree
  • You have no exemptions or exit awards
  • You have no outstanding fees, debts or payments after 26 February 2024
  • Your final results are published between 11 September 2023 and 01 March 2024

For further information and guidance, please  contact [email protected] providing your full name, student ID and date of birth. The graduation team will not be able to assist with any questions relating to eligibility. 

Monday, 13 May 2024.
10:00 – 11:45

  • Berlin, GISMA
  • Hong Kong
  • London Moorgate

Monday, 13 May 2024.
15:00 – 16:45

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Exeter
  • Leeds
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield

Tuesday, 14 May 2024.
10:00 – 11:45

  • Bloomsbury
  • Guildford
  • Reading
  • Online:
    • LLB
    • PgCert
    • LPC

Tuesday, 14 May 2024.
15:00 – 16:45

  • Chester
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Norwich
  • Southampton
  • Online:
    • GDL
    • PgDL
    • LLM
    • MA
    • MSc

Disclaimer: All graduation information provided (dates, times, location and eligibility criteria etc.) is subject to change. Please do not rely on the above information prior to the publication of the confirmed ceremony details for your campus. The University will not be liable for any costs incurred due to any changes or cancellations to travel, accommodation or external bookings. Please click here for full terms and conditions. 

Eligibility: You will receive an invitation to graduate if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Successful completion and passing of all elements of your course, programme or degree
  • You have no exemptions or exit awards
  • You have no outstanding fees, debts or payments after 02 September 2024
  • Your final results are published between 02 March 2024 and 10 September 2024.

For further information and guidance, please contact [email protected] providing your full name, student ID and date of birth. The graduation team will not be able to assist with any questions relating to eligibility.

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 – 11:45: Ceremony
  • 11:45 – 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 – 16:45: Ceremony
  • 16:45 – 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 (but not limited to) dates, timings and location etc. 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 and official graduation invitation email, 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 rearranged or cancelled due to Graduand attendance or force majeure. Please note, changes or the need to postpone may be actioned last minute.

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 click here and complete the 'graduation transfer request form'.

Subject to capacity and to the discretion 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.

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 than those shown on your ticket and you may be called across the stage separate from your cohort.

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.

If you think your name could be mispronounced, there is a section on the booking portal titled "On Stage Name Pronunciation" where you will be able to provide written phonetic spelling of how to pronounce your name - e.g. "Sophie" would be "So-Fee".

Alternatively click here and select your campus to submit a voice recording of the pronunciation.

If this is not completed in time, your name may not be pronounced correctly.