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Ceremonies that begin at 10.45am

To make the most of your day it helps to have a plan!

This page is designed to help you to understand exactly how your graduation day will work so you know what to expect and what you need to do.

The way your day is organised differs depending on your ceremony start time. This page is for those whose ceremony begins at 10.45am.


There are two important things you need to do before your ceremony actually begins, collect your academic dress and Register. You must do this by 10am.

We advise you to arrive early to ensure you are able to get everything done in good time. We are unable to accept latecomers once the ceremony has begun.

Collect academic robes from J. Wippell & Co. Ltd who will be located in the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House (ensure that you have ordered these in advance from the robe hire company). For more information visit our robes page.
Open from 7.45am - 10am

Collect your tickets and register at the Registration Desk located in the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House.

Any student arriving after registration has closed regrettably will not be presented and their name will be removed from the dean’s calling list. Please ensure you plan your day for these timings to avoid disappointment.

Open from 7.45am - 10am
Have your photographs taken by the professional photographers in the Beveridge Hall or Torrington Room. Remember to book 'Studio b3' in advance. For more information look at our photography page.
Open from 7.45am - 10am
Graduands take their seats in the ceremony venue in Bedford Square Garden.
By 10.15am
Guests take their seats in the ceremony venue in Bedford Square Garden. By 10.30am
Graduation Ceremony Running time 10.45am - 12.15pm (approx.)

Make your way into the reception venue where drinks and canapés will be served for approx.1 hour immediately after your ceremony.

Academic Robe Return

Return robes following your reception by 5.30pm

(Graduands attending a ceremony on the 04 September 2015 your robes must be returned by 4pm)


Tickets can only be collected by the Graduand on the day of their ceremony.

When you collect your tickets you will be given a briefing on what you need to do during the ceremony but see below for a sneak preview! All Graduands must register to be able to take part in the ceremony. If you have not registered by 10am we will assume that you are not attending and your name will be removed from the list of graduands.


The ceremony lasts for around an hour and a half. It starts with a DVD presentation from the Alumni Network which is immediately followed by the entrance of the platform party. Once the platform party is on stage everyone takes their seat and the Presiding Officer makes an opening address. This is followed by the presentation of graduands.

The seat you were allocated is the order you process onto the stage (which is why it is so important that you stay in your allocated seat!). You will be told when you stand up and make your way down towards the stage. You do not take your hat with you as they are not worn on stage. You do however need the name card you were given at registration which is very important.

You will be told when it is your turn to go onto the stage. The Graduand Presenter will read out your name and you then walk along the red carpet to the person who is officiating who will shake your hand. You exit the stage down the opposite ramp to those you came up and then make your way around the back of the hall to your original seat. There will be members of the graduation ceremonies team to help you find your way.

Once all the graduands have been presented there is a closing speech and you are asked to join the academic procession on its way out of the hall. You are now a graduate of UCL and can enjoy some well deserved celebrations with drinks, canapés and live music.


• Student I.D or another form of photo I.D

• Payment confirmation e-mail confirming your gown hire order

• Hair grips for securing mortar board

• Safety pins for securing your hood

• Water

• If you have new shoes, ensure you have worn them before the ceremony to avoid blisters (bring plasters just in case)

• Camera (please no flash photography or filming in the ceremony venue during the ceremony)

Your UCL Graduation Ceremony



Your graduation ceremony is a celebration of your achievement. It is a time to get together with family, friends and colleagues to acknowledge your success before moving on to the next phase of your career.

The best way to get the most from your day is to plan!

Pick up a programme!

Make sure you and your guests pick up a copy.