Graduation ceremony

We are delighted to be able to welcome our 2022 graduands and their family and friends to this year's Graduation Ceremony, on Saturday 7th May 2022, at the People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, in Mile End.

Despite the huge success of our online ceremonies last year, we are thrilled to be able to, once again, provide an in-person event this year, in order to celebrate your significant achievements and the culmination of a great deal of hard work.

Graduation 2016


Saturday 7th May 2022


9.30am Registration and arrival of graduands and guests; gowning and photography

11.30am Ceremony

1.30pm (approx) Reception

The People’s Palace

Queen Mary University Of London

Mile End Rd


E1 4NS

For directions on how to reach the venue and for information about visitors with disabilities please follow the link:

Gown Hire

All graduands are required to wear an academic gown if they wish to take part in the formal ceremony and be presented on stage. You can hire your gown from our appointed gown hire company, Ede and Ravenscroft, before the ceremony.

The Graduation Ceremony is a formal occasion and therefore smart dress is recommended. We welcome graduands who wish to wear traditional or national dress.

Please order your gown online at Ede and Ravenscroft or call +44 (0)1223 734 759.

Please note, this ceremony is for graduating students from both UEL and the University of Essex accredited courses. When hiring your gown, you will be asked to select the appropriate gown for your awarding university. If you are unsure which university you are attached to or have any questions, please contact us on +44 (0) 7874 885997


Ede and Ravenscroft are also the official photographers for the event and will be present throughout the day.

Full details about the various different packages available can be found on their website and can be purchased along with your gown hire.

There is no charge for graduands to attend. Please log-in to your MyTap account, where you will find full details and instructions on how to confirm your attendance and purchase guest tickets.

Please note if we have not heard of you by 5th May 2022 we will assume you do not wish to attend. We may not be able to make provision for you at a later stage should you change your mind.

If you do not wish to participate in the formal part of the ceremony but would like to support your fellow graduands from the audience, please let us know by emailing us at

Guest tickets cost £15 per person. There is currently a limit of 2 guest tickets per student, bookable through MyTap.

Children are welcome to attend the Ceremony, but do require a guest ticket (other than under 2’s and babies that can sit on laps). 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. Please note that children and other guests do NOT sit with graduands during the ceremony.

If you do not wish to bring any guests, we still require you to fill out the online booking form in MyTap in order to confirm your attendance

If you or any of your guests have any special requirements, please be sure to notify us when you make your booking, or as soon as possible afterwards, so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for you.

Contact us at or on +44 (0) 7874 885997

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 monies owed. You can contact them on or telephone +44 (0)7783 659750

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: It is currently limited to 2 guest tickets per graduand. Under 2’s are free and do not require a guest ticket. If, once everyone is registered, there is still some availability, there may be an opportunity to purchase additional tickets. Please contact us at before 30th April 2022 if you would like additional tickets.

Q: How much are tickets?

A: Guest tickets are £15 each. There are no concessions and no group discounts. Under 2's 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 will not be any extra tickets available to purchase on the day, please contact us in advance if you wish to enquire about additional tickets

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 Saturday 23rd April 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 in Mile End in east London, within walking distance of 2 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.

Tickets and bookings

  • Graduands must confirm their attendance by 5th May 2022. After this date, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to include you in the ceremony.
  • Guest tickets will be issued on the day and can be collected from the registration desk upon arrival
  • Graduands are responsible for ordering their academic robes directly from Ede and Ravenscroft. Graduands are not allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not wearing the appropriate robe.


  • Refunds for guest tickets must be requested in writing up until 14 working days before the ceremony. Refunds will not be issued if they are received after this period, there are no exceptions to the rule and no refunds can be issued on the day. Refunds will be processed when the ceremony is over.

Attending the ceremony

  • All graduands should, once seated, remain in the hall for the duration of the ceremony. Failure to do so may result in you missing your award on stage. If you do have to leave the hall for any reason, please ensure you inform one of the members of Trust staff within the hall.
  • We reserve the right to ask any guest to leave the hall if they are making unnecessary noise which is disruptive to the proceedings or to other guests.
  • If you arrive late, there is a strong possibility that you may miss your ceremony.
  • All graduands must agree to make us aware of any special needs that they or their guests may have as soon as possible in order for us to make the necessary seating arrangements. Failure to do so before the day of the ceremony may result in the individual(s) missing the ceremony.

Photography and video

  • Graduands who attend our Graduation Ceremony give their consent to the recording and transmission of their images (still and moving) and those of their guests for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s publicity purposes.

Contact us:

+44 (0)7874 885997

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