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Graduation How to book

Find out how to book your attendance for your graduation, including booking your free-of-charge Graduand ticket, guest tickets, gowning and photography.

Key Facts

  • Online portal for ticket, gowning and photography bookings
  • Ticketing and gowning for November has now closed
  • Ceremony transfer option available to 2023
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Next Steps

If you are eligible to attend a graduation ceremony you will receive an email from the Graduation Team with a link to the Graduation Attire booking portal. This will direct you to an external booking portal, where you will need to log in using your Student ID number (a unique six-digit number) and surname to create an account. Please note, the email address used to create your account will be where your booking confirmation receipt and your e-tickets will be sent to.

To avoid missing any important information, including booking details, please keep an eye on both your personal and ULaw email accounts (including spam and junk folders) as tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and places are subject to availability, and may become fully booked before the closure of ticket sales.

We do not automatically allocate every student a ticket to attend, so you will need to book your ticket via the booking portal to attend the graduation ceremony. If you have not done so before the deadline or ‘sell-out’ of tickets, you will unfortunately not be able to attend the ceremony as student seating is limited.

Once ticket bookings have reached capacity, you will be put on a waiting list and allocated tickets if they become available after the booking portal closes.

If you are unable to book online via the portal, please contact [email protected].

Guest tickets will be available to purchase via the booking portal during the same ticketing window as Graduand tickets. For further information about guest tickets, please see our ticket section.

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 capacity 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. 

You are also able to cancel your Graduate ticket by emailing [email protected] However please note, we may not be able to refund you for any guest tickets, your gown hire or photography, but may be able to transfer all purchases to the next ceremony.

Please note, refunds are only available during the ticketing window. No refunds will be actioned after this date. For specific cut-off dates please refer to the information in your graduation emails. To request a refund, please contact Graduation Attire directly via the Live Chat function, 01234 988880 or [email protected].

Please click here for full terms and conditions.

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FAQs

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

If you have not booked your student ticket via the portal before the deadline, you will not be able to attend the ceremony, as student seating is limited. You are able to request to transfer to the next graduation ceremony. If you have successfully booked your student ticket and require guest tickets only, you may have the opportunity to book these if any are available for a second release of tickets.

No - your ceremony is pre-allocated by campus and you cannot choose which ceremony you go to.

To update your personal details on ELITE, please sign into your ELITE profile (click ‘My Organisations’; click ‘Student Support’), or please contact your campus Student Services for further assistance, as supporting documents may be required to change your name officially.

Please note, this must be actioned at least two weeks prior to the cut-off date for eligibility, otherwise your name will be printed in the programme and called out at graduation as previously recorded.

If you are an international student coming from abroad, you or your family members may need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa to attend your graduation. Depending on whether you are visa nationals or non-visa nationals, you will need to follow a different process. Please visit HERE to see if you need a Standard Visitor visa before entering the UK.

How to apply for a Standard Visitor visa

If you are from a visa national country, you must apply for a Standard Visitor visa before travelling to the UK. You can find further information on how to apply in your country HERE. The visa application fee is £95 in local currency and you will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • Passport.
  • 2 UK passport sized colour photographs.
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your visit (we recommend you have sufficient funds for at least 3 months even if your visit is shorter).
  • Proof that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit (for e.g. your return flight details).
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for e.g. hotel reservation).
  • Your graduation ceremony invitation email.

For more information please visit HERE.

Non-visa nationals

If you are from a non-visa national country, you do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but can request entry as a visitor when you arrive. You should still carry all of the documents listed above in case you are asked to show them to the Immigration Officer.

Visas for your family members to attend graduation

Visa nationals

Your family members will also need to come to the UK as visitors. The process if they are visa nationals is the same as above and they will need to submit the following documents with their application:

  • Passport.
  • 2 UK passport sized colour photographs.
  • Evidence that they have sufficient funds for their visit (we recommend they have sufficient funds for at least 3 months even if their visit is shorter).
  • Proof that they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit (for e.g. their return flight details).
  • Evidence of their relationship to you (for e.g. a birth or marriage certificate).
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for e.g. hotel reservation).
  • Your graduation ceremony invitation email.
  • An invitation letter from you. You can download an example letter of invitation HERE.
  • Copies of your current passport and visa.

Non-visa nationals

If your family members are non-visa nationals, they do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but should carry these documents in case they are asked to show them to the Immigration Officer.

For more information, please refer to the International Students section on ATTICUS under Graduation in the University of Law Association through ELITE.

If you have not received an email confirmation of your booking, your tickets have not been booked. You will need to contact the Graduation Team ([email protected]). However, if tickets have sold out you will not be able to attend the ceremony.

Key word definitions

  • Graduand: Student who is graduating.
  • Graduate: Student who has graduated.
  • Academic dress: Official graduating attire wore during the ceremony such as a gown/robe, hood and hat, bonnet or mortarboard.
  • Graduation ceremony: Celebratory event in which a student's degree is conferred.
  • Alumni: Student who has graduated from the same university as you.