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Frequently Asked Questions - Students

Frequently asked questions regarding the 2022 UCL Graduation Ceremonies.

We are looking forward to our 2022 graduation ceremonies, eligible students will be sent an email directly inviting them to register via Portico. You can find answers to frequently asked questions on this page.

Following the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, your Graduation Ceremony will still be going ahead, but with slight changes to ensure we are respectful of current circumstances. Please note that there might be significant travel disruptions across Central London, so please leave time for this in your journey. You can plan your travel using Transport for London's Journey Planner.


Current and Future graduates

I still have not received my degree certificate. 

Degree certificates are not distributed at the ceremony. Certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 5 months of your award being conferred to your home address on Portico. If you have not received your certificate and transcript, you can request a new one via Student Records. Please see their website for more information. 

I am due to graduate in 2023, should I have heard something? 

Not yet; we aim to provide information on Summer 2023 graduations by the end of March 2023 at the latest. We ask all students to keep their contact details up to date on Portico. 

Eligibility/Registration

Who is eligible to graduate? 

You are eligible for a graduation ceremony in 2022 if your programme completion date is as below and you have not previously attended a graduation: 

Undergraduate students

01 August 2022

Taught Graduate and PGCE students

01 April 2022

Research Graduate students

04 May 2022

Students whose awards were conferred after the dates listed, will be invited to a graduation ceremony in the summer of 2023. 

Late Summer Assessment

Any students that completed late summer assessments in the summer of 2022 are not eligible to attend ceremonies in 2022, as their awards were not officially conferred before 1st August 2022 (undergraduate) or 1st April 2022 (postgraduate). Instead, they will be invited to a ceremony in summer 2023. Please ensure your email address is up to date in Portico to receive information about this.  

Outstanding debt

If you haven’t received an invitation to the 2022 graduation ceremonies but think you should have, you might have an outstanding debt on your account, which will have an impact on your eligibility to attend graduation. Please contact fees@ucl.ac.uk to arrange payment. 

Certificates and transcripts

If you have not received your degree certificate or transcript, please see here

Can I defer this graduation?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow students to attend future ceremonies. The capacity for graduations is limited so it’s important that we prioritise spaces for students from their designated cohort. If we were to allow deferrals, current students who have never graduated, might risk losing their spot. 

Booking your ceremony

How and when can I register and when do I need to register by? 

Registration will open on Wednesday 30th March 2022 and the deadline to submit your registration is Thursday 21st April 2022.

Eligible students will be sent an email directly inviting them to register for their ceremony via Portico. 

If you have forgotten your Portico password, please go to https://myaccount.ucl.ac.uk/ in order to reset it. 

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

These will take place from 30th June - 14th July 2022 for Postgraduates (see exceptions below) and 31st August - 13th September for Undergraduates in the Logan Hall, IOE, 20 Bedford Way. Please note: on the day of your ceremony, you will need to arrive 2 hours before your ceremony start time.

Exceptions for Postgraduates - Graduates of MAPS, Laws or SSEES Faculties will have their ceremony in September 

Exceptions for Undergraduates - MBBS graduates will have their ceremony in July

Do I have to attend the 2022 ceremonies in order to graduate?

Attendance at graduations is purely optional. Your degree will be valid, and degree certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 5 months of your award being conferred, regardless.  

If you’ve lost your degree certificate or never received it, you can contact Student Records to get a new one. Please see their webpage for more information. 

Preparing for the day

How do I book my gown?

You are required to wear academic dress at your graduation ceremony. You can purchase a gown or hire one at a discounted rate through UCL’s recommended supplier J. Wippell. Online bookings open on Monday 25 July and close at 10am on Tuesday 16 August. 

Academic dress can also be hired on the day at full price.

Please watch this video before the day, which explains how to wear your academic dress. 

How do I arrange official graduation photography?

You will have an opportunity to have official graduation photos taken before your ceremony.  

What is the dress code for me and my guests? 

You are required to wear a gown. Under your gown, graduates should wear smart formal wear. We recommend that guests also dress smartly to complement the academic wear worn by graduates and staff. 

Guests

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

You will be able to purchase guest tickets at £35 each for your ceremony. You will be able to purchase at least two tickets with any remaining tickets released for purchase on a first come first served basis.  

To buy guest tickets, you will receive an email with a link to buy guest tickets for your specific ceremony with the confirmation of your ceremony later in the year.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, you can. If they are under 3, they can sit on another guest’s lap without a ticket. If they are over 3, they need their own seat and you must purchase a guest ticket for them. 

What do I do if I or my guests have special requirements?

If you or your guests have special accessibility requirements, please email ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk to inform us of your specific needs, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.  

Travel

What if I need a visa to come?

Please check the UK Government guidance on whether you need a visa to travel to London. If you do require a visa invitation letter from UCL, you must request one as soon as possible via the Portico visa letter application, from which you will then be able to download it. Obtaining a visa might take several weeks and it is your responsibility to ensure you have requested a visa letter from UCL and completed all legal requirements before you travel.  

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.  

When shall I book my flights?

Please only book your flights when your ceremony has been confirmed which will be in May for July ceremonies and July for September ceremonies. Your ceremony time is subject to change and booking your flights early may mean you miss your graduation ceremony.  

What if I am no longer able to travel but have booked on to a ceremony?

If you have any cancellations or changes to your travel plans, please get in touch with us on ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk as soon as possible. We will be able to cancel your ceremony ticket. 

Please include your name, student number, ceremony time and date for guest tickets in your email.    

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 5-10 working days.


Find the Graduations Terms & Conditions here including use of data.