Preparing for graduation day
Class of 2021
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.
What is the Live Video Link and Family Room?
The Live Video Link Room is in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre. You you can watch the ceremony on a live stream.
The Family Room is in Room 1.12 in the Clerici Building and is aimed for children under the age of 5 and an accompanying adult. Adults can watch the ceremony on a live stream whilst there are a range of activities to keep our younger guests entertained.
How and where do I collect my tickets?
The Ticket Desk will be in the Forum of the John Henry Brookes Building.
All tickets will be available for collection on the day, 2 hours before your ceremony. You will need a form of photo ID to collect your tickets.
The ticket deadline has passed. Can I still get guest tickets on the day?
If there are any remaining guest tickets for the ceremony hall, Live Video Link Room or Family Room, they will be available from the Help Desk on the day, 2 hours before your ceremony.
The Help Desk will be in the Forum of the John Henry Brookes Building.
My guests don’t want to sit together. What should I do?
Guest tickets don’t have allocated seat numbers. Once you have given your guests their tickets, they can sit in any seat (except any labelled reserved).
Live ceremony stream - watch your ceremony from any location
Friends and family who are unable to attend your graduation will be able to watch your ceremony online from our live stream page for free!
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.
How much does it cost to hire a gown?
Prices vary but hire begins from £41 for foundation/undergraduate gowns; £46 for masters gowns and up to £54 for PhD gowns. It is usually more expensive to buy a gown than to hire one.
I missed the deadline to order my gown. What should I do?
Don’t worry if you missed the deadline. Ede & Ravenscroft have gowns you can hire on the day. If you have any questions, you can contact them.
When and where can I pick up my gown?
You can pick up your gown (or hire one on the day) in the Clerici Building, 2 hours before your ceremony starts.
Staff from Ede & Ravenscoft will be on hand to help you put your gown on correctly and give you your 'Class of' badge.
Don't forget to have your order number with you.
Gown orders can be cancelled up to 7 days prior to the event. Please contact Ede & Ravenscroft.
What is the dress code for me and my guests?
Graduation is a formal and ceremonial event so we would encourage graduates to dress smartly, or you can wear traditional/religious clothing, and to wear full academic dress. For more information, please see our academic dress requirements.
Guests are also encouraged to dress smartly, although there is no mandatory dress code.
What do the gown colours mean?
Please see 'gown colours' on the academic dress page.
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.
Where are the photography studios on campus?
The photography studios will be on the second floor of the John Henry Brookes Building.
Don't forget to have your order number with you.
Can I have my gown on in my photographs?
You can only pick up your gown 2 hours before your ceremony start time. If you would like your gown to be in your photos, we recommend pre-booking or dropping in after your ceremony.
Photographs taken on the stage at the ceremony
A photograph of every graduate will be taken as they are presented on the stage at their ceremony. These images will be available on our official photographer's website. Graduates who do not want their photograph published must contact the photography company directly. You will find their contact details above.
Oxford Brookes University may have official photographers around campus taking photographs and video footage of the celebrations for publicity purposes. If you do not wish your image to be used for this purpose, please speak to the photographer on the day.
Photography orders can be cancelled up to 7 days prior to the event. Please contact Ede & Ravenscroft.
There is no parking available on campus (except for Blue Badge holders - see below for details on requesting a space).
There is also very limited parking in the Headington area.
We would highly recommend using the reliable and frequent public transport services to get to the Headington Campus.
Blue Badge holders
There is no parking available on campus except for Blue Badge holders.
Before the ceremony: To request a Blue Badge holder space, please provide this information on the registration form before 1 March 2022.
On the day: Blue Badge holder parking is at the Headington Campus. If you have requested a Blue Badge holder space, please come to the Oxford Brookes car park on Gipsy Lane and display the blue badge in your car.
Arriving by car
Park and Ride services
Oxford has five Park and Ride sites, each with fast and frequent bus services to the University and city centre. Thornhill (bus service 400) is the closest Park and Ride site to the Headington Campus.
- Buses depart around every 10 - 15 minutes.
- The car parking facilities at each of the sites are also equipped with CCTV and on-site security personnel.
- All Park and Ride buses are low floor easy access vehicles with spaces for wheelchairs.
- Bus services can get very busy and traffic can be slow during peak hours. Please allow yourself extra time to ensure you arrive in time for your ceremony.
We would highly recommend using the Park and Ride services as parking in Headington and Oxford is extremely limited.
For further information on buses such as fares, timetables and maps, please contact:
Drop off point
There is a drop off point located on Gipsy Lane.
Arriving by train
Oxford Railway Station
This is just over 2 miles away from the Headington Campus and travel time can take up to 30 minutes by taxi or bus. Recommended bus services and pick up points are:
- Arriva 280 from directly outside the train station.
- U1 from Stop R8 or the Thornhill Park and Ride 400 from Stop R7. These pick up points are both a one minute walk from the train station and are in Frideswide Square opposite the Said Business School entrance.
Oxford Parkway Railway Station
This is about 6 miles away from the Headington Campus and travel time can take up to 45 - 60 minutes by taxi or bus.
This can be more complicated when using the bus, as the majority of buses will take you to the city centre, where you will need to change bus service. Find out more and plan your route using the maps on the Oxford Bus Company website.
Arriving by bus from London
The buses stop outside the University. Travel time from London is approximately 100 minutes depending on traffic conditions. You can view information and book your tickets online, see Oxford Tube.
Arriving by air - Heathrow
The bus stops outside the University. Travel time from Heathrow to Brookes is approximately 90 minutes from the Central Bus Station and 80 minutes from Terminal 5. You can view information and book your tickets online at the Airline website.
Arriving by air - Gatwick
The bus stops outside the University. Travel time from Gatwick to Brookes is 120 - 150 minutes depending on traffic conditions. You can view information and book your tickets online at the Airline website.
If you are graduating and need to book accommodation for yourself, family or friends, we have great value accommodation available at Clive Booth. It is walking distance to Headington Campus (10-15 minutes) and has easy access to Oxford city centre.
- Single ensuite bedrooms are located in the Postgraduate Centre, a development which comprises of 6 bedroom apartments, each with a modern shared kitchen/dining area.
- Bed linen, towels, toiletries and a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils are included in the bedroom rate.
- Please note that car parking spaces are only available to Blue Badge holders.
Booking is now open. You can use the promotion code GRAD2021 for 20% off, which is £43.05 per person per night.
Stay within walking distance
If you would like to be within walking distance to the Headington Campus, we would recommend staying at one of the many Bed and Breakfasts located on the Headington and London Road. This can range from a 10-30 minute walk.
Stay in the city centre
There are many more accommodation options in Oxford city centre which is just 2 miles away from the Headington Campus. Many of the buses from the city centre stop directly outside Brookes University on London Road (Stop B2). Find out more and plan your route using the Oxford Bus Company website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the On the day page to find out where everything will be on the day including lift access.
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.