Graduation Ceremonies


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 virtual graduation ceremonies and 2022 in-person celebration events.

Given the uncertainties around the pandemic and the UK Government restrictions, UCL decided to postpone in-person graduation ceremonies in 2020 and 2021, instead inviting students to a virtual ceremony. We hope that students who graduated in these virtual ceremonies will be able to join us for a very special in-person event in March 2022. Frequently asked questions are on this page.

When and where are the in-person graduation ceremonies taking place? 

These will be taking place from 7–17 March at the International Convention Centre Auditorium at the ExCel Centre in East London. Details of how to get to the ICC Auditorium are on the ExCel website. You’ll be able to see the exact dates and times for the different Faculty ceremonies when you register for your ceremony.  

How do I register for these and what is the deadline? 

Those of you who had virtual graduations in 2020 and 2021 should have been sent an email with details of how to register. The deadline to register is 6 December 2021. If you think you should have received one of these emails but didn’t, please contact ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk.  

You are eligible to attend these events if:

  • You are an undergraduate student with a conferred award on your student record by 01 August 2021.
  • You are a Taught Postgraduate Graduate student with a conferred award on your student record by 01 April 2021. Those who have an award conferred on their student record after 01 April 2021 will be invited to attend the graduation ceremonies in the following year.
  • You are a PGCE student with an award on you student record by 01 April 2021. PGCE students with an award conferred on their student record after 01 April 2021 will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony in the following year.

Postgraduate Research Students

Postgraduate Research students will be invited based on their award date and when the award is issued. To be eligible to attend the events in March your degree must be awarded on, or before, 28 April 2021. Research Graduates with an award conferred on their student record after 28 April 2021 will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony in the following year. If you have any queries, please contact the Research Degrees team. 

Can I register for more than one ceremony? 

No – please register for one ceremony only. All bookings are verified and any multiple bookings will result in ALL bookings being cancelled.    

What happens once I’ve registered? 

After you’ve registered you should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite – if you do not receive this within 24 hours please contact the Graduation team on ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk. The details on this booking are provisional and you’ll be sent a further email confirming the date and time of your ceremony in mid-December. 

What arrangements are there to celebrate with my friends/family/Department? 

Each Faculty will be putting on their own events throughout the celebration period. Your ticket for the ceremony will give you access to these, but please note there may be a separate registration process for some of them. When you’re registering for your ticket on Eventbrite you will see a list of Faculty events being put on, so you can make sure not to book into a ceremony that clashes! 

When will I be able to buy tickets for my friends and family? How many can I buy? 

You’ll be able to buy at least three guest tickets. These will go on sale in January and we’ll be in touch with details on how to purchase them as soon as they’re available. Your own ticket is free.  


Can I bring my children?

Yes, you can. You don't need to purchase a ticket for children, but they will be required to sit on your guest's lap. 

How much will guest tickets cost?

Guest tickets will be £35 each.

Will I be able to book my gown and official graduation photography? 

It wouldn’t be a graduation celebration without these! Academic dress is compulsory for UCL’s graduation ceremonies. Information on how to book your academic dress will be sent to you in January, along with details of official graduation photography packages. 

What if I need a visa to come?

We are able to provide a visa invitation letter for those who need it. Please email ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk if this is something you require and we will provide details of how to apply for this. 

What if my family need a visa?

We can only provide invitation letters for our students/graduates, we cannot write invitations to family and friends who also want to attend. Details on how you can write your own invitation and apply for guest visas, are available on the UCL visitor visa page.

Do I have to book into a particular ceremony for the celebration events?

You will be sent a link to an Eventbrite for your particular Faculty and you can book into any ceremony listed on that page, unless otherwise directed (i.e. some students are clearly asked on the Eventbrite listing to select from a more specific choice of ceremonies, but most can select any). 

Who is eligible to attend the March celebration events?

All those who were invited to a virtual graduation ceremony will be invited to the March in-person celebration events. 

I entered the wrong information on Eventbrite, can I change it once I've got my ticket?

You should be able to change your details on Eventbrite. Guidance on how to do so is available on the Eventbrite help pages

I booked one ceremony but have changed my plans and want to change to another ceremony?

Up until the registration deadline of the 6th December at 12pm, you are able to rebook into another ceremony, provided it has not sold out. Please do ensure you cancel your original ticket as those that hold multiple tickets after the registration deadline risk having all their tickets cancelled and not being able to attend graduation. Guidance on how to do so is available on the Eventbrite help pages

I can’t make the celebrations in March – is anything else happening? 

If you can’t attend the graduation celebrations in March, we have also arranged some ‘Non-ceremony Portrait Photography Sessions’. Photographs can be taken on your own, with a group of family/friends or with a group of other UCL graduands. Details of how to book these can be found on the email sent to eligible students about registering for in-person celebrations. if you haven't received this information please contact the Graduation team on ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk.

Can I attend both the virtual ceremony in 2020/2021 and the 2022 celebration event?

Yes. The virtual ceremonies were a recognition of your achievements and a celebration with your faculty and peers in 2020/2021. Details regarding the in-person 2022 celebrations should have been sent to you if you are eligible (see above).

Do I have to attend the 2022 celebration event?

Attendance at these events is purely optional. Your degree will be valid, and you will receive your degree certificate and transcript in the post. Degree certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 3 months from the date of conferral of your award to your home address on Portico, however, due to the current climate this might take slightly longer.  Please make sure that your home address details are up-to-date on Portico.

I attended a virtual graduation in 2020/2021 but I still have not received my certificate. 

Degree certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 3 months from the date of conferral of your award to your home address on Portico, however, due to the current climate this might take slightly longer.  Please contact Student Records if you have not received your certificate and transcript.

Do I need to physically attend a graduation ceremony to access alumni services?

No, once you have completed your studies you will automatically become a member of the UCL Alumni community - a global network of over 300,000 UCL graduates. You will then have access to a wide range of services and benefits, including three years of continued access to UCL Careers services, alumni mentoring on the Alumni Online Community, and free access to a fantastic range of academic e-journals. For further information on everything available to our alumni community, visit the UCL Alumni webpages.

I am due to graduate in 2022, should I have heard something?

Not yet, we’ll be in contact early in the new year with details of the plans for those who are due to graduate in 2022.

Contact us

If your questions have not been answered in our FAQs or the other pages of the website, you can contact the Graduation Ceremonies team by emailing ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk. Please remember to quote your student number (for example: 12345678) when emailing. Be assured that we are doing our best to answer all of your emails within 3 working days.