Graduation ceremony

In view of the rapidly evolving situation with the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within the UK, and the Trust’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community, it is with regret that we are postponing the Trust’s graduation ceremony on Saturday 21 March 2020.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this decision causes but after careful consideration we feel it is important to minimise the risk to our students, their guests, and our staff.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, we are not able to confirm a rescheduled date for the graduation ceremony at this stage. All ceremony attendees will be kept updated on developments as soon as we are able to confirm.

If you have any questions, please contact us at  

Graduation 2016

Graduation ceremonies mark a significant achievement and the culmination of a great deal of work.  For a student it is a chance to share the occasion with relatives and friends. It is also a chance to meet former colleagues and members of staff in a sociable environment before and after the formal ceremony.

To ensure that you get the most from your graduation day please read the information below carefully.

Our Graduation Ceremonies is for UEL and University of Essex accredited courses only.

You are only eligible to attend the Graduation Ceremony if you have received formal confirmation of your award.

You are not eligible to attend the Graduation Ceremony if:

i) you have not received formal confirmation of your award

ii) you have any outstanding course or library fees.

Please contact your Course Administrator if you are not clear about your eligibility to attend before booking your tickets.

Q:     How do I book my place?

A:     Bookings should be made through your MyTAP portal 

Q:     I have an outstanding debt on course fees, what should I do?

A:     If you have an outstanding debt, please contact student finance to check and settle any money owed. You can contact them on Tel: 020 8938 2259

Q:        I did not attend my graduation last year, can I attend this year's?

A:         If you were unable to attend your ceremony last year, you may be able to do so this year. Please contact the graduation team on 

Q:        Do I have to wear an academic robe?

A:         Yes, wearing a robe is mandatory. You will not be able to take part in the ceremony if you do not have one. 

Q:        Do I have to pay for my ticket?

A:         There is no charge for graduand tickets. 

Q:        How many guests am I allowed to bring?

A:         You are allowed to bring as many guests as you wish. 

Q:        How much are tickets?

A:         Guest tickets are £15 each. There are no concessions and no group discounts. Under fives are free and do not require a guest ticket.

 Q:        Will I be seated with my guests?

A:         No, you will be seated with your fellow graduands at the front of the hall, directly before the stage. Guests will be seated in another part of the hall, though seats are unallocated. 

Q:        Can I bring children?

A:         Children are welcome to attend the Graduation Ceremony. However, please bear in mind that this is a formal and sometimes lengthy event, and if you do wish to bring young children, please ensure that there is a responsible adult accompanying them who is willing to leave the hall if necessary, to avoid any disruption to the ceremony.

Q:        Can I buy extra tickets on the day?

A:         There may be extra tickets available to purchase on the day, but we cannot guarantee this.

Q:        I’ve bought a guest ticket(s) that I no longer need, can I have a refund?

A:         We appreciate that for reasons beyond your control you or your guest(s) may discover that you are unable to attend the ceremony. In order for us to provide you with a full refund we need to have a request in writing to No refunds will be given after Friday 6th March 2020 and unfortunately we cannot issue refunds on the day.

Q:        Will I receive my award certificate at the ceremony?

A:         No, your certificate will be posted to you. 

Q:        What time do I have to arrive?

A:         Please start to arrive by 9.30am, giving yourself enough for registration, picking up your gown and visiting the photography studio. All graduating students MUST arrive by 10.30am

Q:        What time do guests have to arrive?

A:         Guests must arrive by 10.30am to be sure all are seated in the auditorium by 11am. 

Q:        What will happen if I arrive late to the ceremony?

A:         If you arrive late to the ceremony there is a chance you will not be able to take part in the ceremony. We will try our best to include you in the proceedings, but we cannot guarantee this. 

Q:        How long will the ceremony last?

A:         The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Q:        What happens after the ceremony?
A:         Immediately after the ceremony you and your guests are invited to attend a drinks reception.  There will also be additional opportunities for having your official photographs taken at this time as well.

Q:        Is there parking available at the venue?

A:         No, there is no available parking at the venue, but there is pay and display parking in the surrounding area. 

Q:        Is the venue easily accessible by public transport?

A:         Yes, the venue is situated centrally in London, within walking distance of 4 underground stations. Please refer to the venue information above for more information. 

Q:        Does the venue have disabled access?

A:         Yes, the venue has disabled access. Please make us aware if you or a guest will need disabled access and assistance.

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