On the day

Information about where to go and what to do on your graduation day.

John Henry Brookes Building

1 - Check in and pick up tickets

  • Arrive about 2 hours before ceremony start time.
  • The Ticket Desk opens 2 hours before the ceremony.
  • Extra guest tickets (if there are any) will be available from the Help Desk 2 hours before the ceremony.
  • The Ticket Desk and Help Desk are in the Forum of the John Henry Brookes Building.

2 - Photography

  • Head here if you have pre-booked your photography package or if you have plenty of time before the ceremony.

There will be souvenirs and merchandise available before and after the ceremony from the Forum in the John Henry Brookes Building.

There will also be a range of catering outlets open throughout the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Live Video Link is in the Lecture Theatre of the John Henry Brookes Building. Doors will open 30 minutes before the ceremony start time. 

Clerici Building

Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall

3 - Gown pick up

  • After you have collected your tickets, you can pick up your gown.
  • Make sure you have your gown order number.
  • Staff from Ede & Ravenscroft will be on hand to help you.
  • Gown Collection is on the ground floor of the Clerici Building.

4 - Graduation ceremony

  • The Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall is on the ground floor of the Clerici Building.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before. Guests and graduates need to be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony start time.
  • Guest tickets do not have allocated seat numbers so guests can sit in any seat that isn’t already taken or reserved.
  • The ceremony will last up to an hour. 

The Family Room is in room 1.12 in the Clerici Building. Doors will open 30 minutes before the ceremony start time.

Please note, there will be flash photography taken throughout the graduation ceremonies as students cross the stage. 

John Henry Brookes Building

5 - Food and drinks

  • We're delighted to be able to offer a variety of catering options to our graduates and their families before and after their graduation ceremonies.
  • There are several outlets where you can purchase food and drinks whilst you are on campus.  
  • Our cafes will be open and serving Fairtrade hot drinks with a selection of milk and plant-based alternatives, with Cafe Central and Clerici Cafe offering picnic boxes to be enjoyed on campus or in one of Oxford's beautiful open spaces.
  • The Forum Bar will be serving prosecco and bucks fizz from 9.00am – 7.00pm. 
  • Table bookings are now open for afternoon tea or a two or three-course meal in Taylor’s Yard.
  • Menus are now available and will include vegan options. 
  • If you have any special dietary requirements, please list them on the bookings form.

6 - Gown drop off

  • Drop off your gown with Ede & Ravenscoft when you leave. This will be on the way out of the John Henry Brookes Building.
  • If you didn’t have time for photos before the ceremony, photography studios will still be open on the second floor of the John Henry Brookes Building.


How we will keep each other safe at Graduation

Our campuses have been fully risk-assessed for the graduation ceremonies. We ask that all staff, students, and visitors abide by the following guidelines while visiting our campuses.

  • Graduates can bring a maximum of two guests into the Graduation Ceremony, and up to three for the Family Room or Live Viewing Room
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations which will be available around campus and wash your hands regularly
  • Take care to keep each other safe in crowded spaces
  • Consider the needs of those around you and be respectful towards them at all times
  • Please do not visit our campus if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, or have had a positive test result
  • Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated, if you are able to, keeps you and others safer.

We kindly ask our graduates, their guests and visitors to follow the latest government advice for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including Covid-19, or a positive test result for Covid-19.