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Staff Attendance at UCL Graduation Ceremonies

It is with pleasure that we invite all academic staff to attend UCL's 2016 Graduation Ceremonies and represent their department as part of the Academic Procession. It is very special to both our graduands and their guests to share this memorable occasion with the staff who have supported them throughout their time at UCL. On their behalf we do encourage you to participate in these important UCL events.

When are the 2016 Graduation Ceremonies?

We will be holding a total of 27 graduation ceremonies this year. There will be six ceremonies held from 06 - 08 July 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall. The other 21 ceremonies will take place from 20 August 2016 - 09 September 2016 (weekdays only) in our bespoke venues which will be erected in Bedford Square Garden.

The provisional ceremony schedule for staff to reference can be viewed on the link below:

2016 Provisional Ceremony Schedule - for Staff Reference ONLY

Although we hope not to change the schedule, it is provisional until we confirm all details in May 2016 (after the graduand ticket application deadlien on 26 April 2016).

For more information about the venues and access please see our Access and Venue pages.

Confirming Your Attendance

If you wish to attend please complete the online form which can be found on your Portico homepage: You will need your username and password to access to Portico. Once you have opened your Portico homepage please click on the link "Graduation Ceremonies - Staff Application".

The application process is interactive. If you have attended the graduation ceremonies in the last two years your details will have been stored and should automatically populate the appropriate fields. The whole process should only take a minute or two and you will receive an acknowledgement of your submission by email.

The deadline to confirm your attendance and request academic dress (if required) is 4pm Friday 20 May 2016.

If you have any queries or problems completing the application form please contact Kate Jones on 0207 679 3568 or at


There will be a reception following the graduation ceremony and all members of staff attending the ceremony as part of the Academic Procession will be given access to this.

For ceremonies in July the receptions will take place in the Blue Bar and Green Bar at the Royal Festival Hall. Staff will be issued with a wristband for admission to the reception areas when they arrive at the Green Room. Further details will be sent about this once staff confirm their attendance at these ceremonies.

Receptions for the August and September ceremonies will again be held within Bedford Square Garden in our Reception structure adjacent to the Ceremony structure. Further details will be sent about this once staff confirm their attendance at these ceremonies.

Professional Services Staff Attendance

Please do not complete the online application if you are a member of Professional Services. The online application should only be used by members of academic staff wishing to attend the graduation ceremonies as part of the academic procession.

If you are a member of staff who would like to inquire about a seat in the auditorium please email Kate Jones at These seats will be subject to availability and won't be confirmed until late May 2016.

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 2016 Graduation Ceremonies are:

Wednesday 06 - Friday 08 July 2016

Tuesday 30 August - Friday 02 September 2016

Monday 05 - Friday 09 September 2016

The dates and times will be confirmed in late May.

Please see the Tickets page for more information.