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Graduation Ceremonies - 06, 07 and 08 July 2016 at 10.30am

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

This page is for those students attending the graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall on 06, 07 and 08 July 2016 at 10.30am. It 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.

There are two important things you need to do before your ceremony actually begins, collect your academic dress and Register. You must do both of these things 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.

Suggested Schedule

Collect academic robes from J. Wippell & Co. Ltd located on Level 2, Blue Side Foyer (ensure that you have ordered these in advance). Open from 7.30am

Level 1

Graduands must collect their tickets and register at the Registration Desk on

Open from 7.30am to 10am
Have your photograph taken by the professional photographers in studios. Remember to book ‘Studio b3’ in advance Open from 7.30am to 10am
Graduands take their seats in the auditorium.
To be seated by 10am
Guests take their seats in the auditorium To be seated by 10.15am
Graduation Ceremony Running time 10.30am to 12.30pm (approx.)

Reception in the Blue and Green Bars on Level 4 and Balcony Bar on Level 5

Make your way to your reception where refreshments will be served for approximately 1 hour immediately after the ceremony

Return academic dress (robe) to J. Wippell & Co. Ltd. Robe Return point located Level 2, Green Side Foyer Return by 5.30pm

Ticket Collection and Registration

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.

Your Big Moment!

The ceremony lasts for around two hours. 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 Provost/Vice-Provost 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.

When you reach the bottom of the stage you will be told when it is your turn to go onto the stage. The Graduand Presenter will read your name as you go up the stairs 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 stairs 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!

You can now make your way to the reception with your guests to enjoy some well deserved celebrations with drinks and canapés.


  • Student I.D or another form of photo I.D
  • E-mail confirming your academic dress (robe) hire order
  • Hair grips for securing mortar board
  • Safety pins for securing your hood
  • Water

*This information was correct as of 23 May 2016. Please check for updates nearer the ceremony day.

Your UCL Graduation Ceremony


Congratulations! 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 provisional dates for the 2017 Graduation Ceremonies will be announced in mid-February 2017. Students will be able to see the provisional date and time of their ceremony on the online application form when the application process opens in mid-February 2017.

The graduation ceremonies are arranged so that students graduate with their Faculty and programme of study. Please note that the date of the 2016 ceremonies is not an indication of when they will be held in 2017 and you should not book flights, accommodation, or make any travel arrangements until you have received confirmation of your specific graduation date in May 2017.

Please see the Tickets page for more information.