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04 July 2014 10.30am Graduation Ceremony

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

This page is for those students attending the graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 04 July 2014 at 10.30am and 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. 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 from the robe hire company). Open from 7.30am to 10am
Register and collect your tickets at the Graduand Registration Desk located opposite the cloakroom facilities on Level 1.
Open from 7.30am to 10am

Have your photographs taken by professional photographers in the photography studios located on Levels 2 and 3. All photography will be taken before the graduation ceremony so leave plenty of time to do this.

'Tempest Classic Style' studios will be located in the Clore Ballroom (Level 2). If you have booked in for a 'Studio b3' appointment please go to the H Tempest Sales Desk located in the Green Side Foyer, Level 2, where a member of staff will direct you to the studio. More information on photographs can be found on the photography page.

Open from 7.30am to 10am
Graduands take their seats in the auditorium.
By 10am
Guests take their seats in the auditorium By 10.15am
Graduation Ceremony Running time 10.30am to 12.30pm (approx.)
Reception in the Blue Bar and Green Bar, Level 4.

Drinks and canapés served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm (approx.)

Return academic dress to the 'Robe Return' stations outside the reception areas, Level 4.
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. You then go up the stairs, hand your name card to the Dean who reads out your name.

You then walk along the red carpet to the person who is officiating who will shake your hand and share a few words with you. 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.


• Your confirmation letter

• 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 during the ceremony)

*This information was correct as of 30 May 2014. 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 dates for the 2015 Graduation Ceremonies are:

03 & 08 July 2015

24 - 28 August 2015

01 - 04 September 2015

Students will be able to see the provisional dates and times of their ceremony on the second screen of their online application form.