Preparing for graduation day

Class of 2021

Follow our step-by-step guide to make sure you are prepared for the big day!

Register for graduation

Smiling graduate

Complete the registration form by 1 March 2022 to confirm your place at your graduation ceremony.

Please follow the instructions to register for graduation which can be found on the Class of 2021 page.

Order guest tickets

After you have registered your place, you can order guest tickets.

  • Each graduate is allowed a maximum of 5 guest tickets (2 guests tickets in the ceremony hall and up to 3 additional tickets for either the Family Room or Live Video Link Room.
  • Tickets are free.
  • You don't need a guest ticket for yourself.
  • Please register for graduation and order your guest tickets as early as possible to be guaranteed a place in your scheduled ceremony.

Hire a gown

Graduation is a ceremonial event and we encourage all of our graduates to wear full academic dress (a gown, hood and mortar board). It's not compulsory but most graduates do and it is one of the things that makes graduation such a special day!

You will be emailed a link to order a gown on 14 March 2022.

If you're unable to pre-book a gown, you can hire one on the day of your graduation.

Graduates and staff should read the academic dress requirements for the ceremony.

Graduate putting on a gown

Book your photography

Graduates taking a selfie

Photographers can take an individual portrait of you, as well as photographs with family members and friends. When you order your gown, you will also be offered available photography options for your ceremony as a part of your order.

A photograph will also be taken by our official photographers, Ede & Ravenscroft, as you shake hands with the Vice Chancellor once your name is announced on stage. You will have an opportunity to purchase this photograph if you wish after the ceremony.

You will be emailed a link to order photography on 14 March 2022.

If you're unable to pre-book, you can visit a photography studio on the day of your graduation. 

Plan your travel

Book your accommodation

Access and disability requirements

You can tell us about any requirements you or your guests may need on the day by completing this section of the graduation registration form. This could be anything from requesting blue badge holder parking to a wheelchair space, etc. Once we have received your request, we will be in touch shortly via email.

If you require this information in an alternative format, please email the Graduation Team on

Please visit the On the day page to find out where everything will be on the day including lift access.

Important - seating requirements in the ceremony hall

The ceremony will be in the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall in the Clerici Building and the majority of guest seating is tiered. Please let us know if you would need guest seating on the flat area of the hall.

Visa support letters

If you or one of your guests needs to apply for a visa to attend graduation, you can request a visa support letter. Please use your graduation registration form to make the request.

Your letter can take up to one week to arrive via email.