Preparing for graduation day


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

Register for graduation

Register to confirm your place at the ceremony and reserve guest tickets. You must use Student Information to register.

Registration dates

  • Students who are awarded from 5 August 2023 to 18 March 2024 are eligible to attend Spring graduation. Registration opens on 1 February 2024 and closes on 1 May 2024.
  • Students who are awarded from 19 March 2024 to 26 July 2024 are eligible to attend Autumn graduation. Registration opens on 1 April 2024 and closes on 9 August 2024.

If you have not received an email to register but believe you are eligible to attend, please email so they can check.

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 (complimentary). 
    • up to 3 additional tickets for either the On-Campus Video Room and/or the On-Campus Family Room.
  • Any additional tickets are charged at £10.00 each.
  • You don't need a guest ticket for yourself.
  • Friends and family not coming to campus can watch the ceremonies live online.
  • Please register for graduation in Student Information and order your guest tickets as early as possible to be guaranteed a place in your scheduled ceremony.

Additional tickets may be available after the registration closes. Please email to enquire. Any leftover tickets will be available on the day at the Ticket Desk. Additional guest tickets cannot be added prior to registration closing.  

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 able to order a gown when your registration opens:

  • Spring graduation: 1 February 2024 until 1 May 2024
  • Autumn graduation: 1 April 2024 until 9 August 2024

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 after the ceremony in The Forum.

You will be able to order photography when your registration opens:

  • Spring graduation: from 1 February 2024
  • Autumn graduation: from 1 April 2024

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

Plan your travel

 Alert Botley Road closure to through traffic for utility diversion work: 11 April 2023 to the end of October 2024.

Find out more about the closure

Book your accommodation

Access and disability requirements

You can tell us about any requirements you or your guests may need on the day by going to the 'Graduation' link on your Student Information and following the instructions. 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. Go to the 'Graduation' link on your Student Information and follow the instructions on the 'Additional Arrangements’ section.

If you don't have access to your Student Information, please email

Visa support letters

You can request an invitation letter to support a visa application for you or your guests during the registration period. To request a visa support letter, please go to the 'Graduation' link on your Student Information and follow the instructions on the 'Additional Arrangements’ section.

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

If you don't have access to your Student Information, please email

Please note, some students experience an error when completing the form. Follow the steps below if this occurs:

  1. Avoid special characters.
  2. Avoid copying and pasting the name from another source. Instead, please type names directly into the form.
  3. Set the language of your keyboard to English (United Kingdom).


A wide range of food and beverages are available on campus.

On the day

Find out more about graduation day. Read our information about where to go and what to do on the day.