How many tickets do I get?
You are automatically allocated your own graduand ticket plus two guest tickets. You should collect your tickets on the day of your Degree Congregation from the Avon Room in University Centre (building R23 on the Campus Map (PDF - 397KB)).
All graduand and guest tickets are free of charge.
These tickets are guaranteed once you have confirmed your attendance and completed your programme of study.
Your College may have arranged its own graduation celebration on the day of your Degree Congregation. Please do not confuse any tickets associated with these events with the actual Degree Congregation tickets.
Collecting your tickets
You should collect your tickets (both your own ticket and your two guest tickets) on the day of your Degree Congregation from the Ticket Desk in the Avon Room (building R23 on the Campus Map (PDF - 397KB)). We do not post tickets to you.
The Ticket Desk is open at the following times:
8.15am for a 10.30am Degree Congregation
11.30am for a 1.45pm Degree Congregation
2.15pm for a 4.30pm Degree Congregation
Given the high demand for places at Degree Congregations additional tickets are often extremely limited. Should we have any additional tickets, these will be made available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of your Degree Congregation, from the Ticket Desk in the Avon Room (building R23 on the Campus Map (PDF - 397KB)).
We politely ask graduands and their guests to not contact Congregations and Awards to request additional tickets, as we are unable to do so. In the interest of fairness to all of our graduands and their guests additional tickets are only available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of your Degree Congregation, when the Ticket Desk opens for your Degree Congregation.
To give an indication of the number of additional tickets available for each Degree Congregation, we will update this website with details on 26 June 2013.
Are our seats reserved?
Your graduand seat is reserved. You will be assigned the seat number that corresponds to the order in which you appear in the congregation programme.
Guest seating is allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and there will be seats for everyone with a ticket.
What if my guests do not get additional tickets?
If you are unable to get additional tickets for your Degree Congregation, your extra guests can watch the Degree Congregation in one of our Television Screening Rooms. No tickets are required for these venues - seats are available on a first-come first-served basis. The Television Screening Rooms will be signposted from the Great Hall.
Each guest, including all children, entering the Great Hall must be in possession of a guest ticket irrespective of age. To ensure the safety of all guests, in no circumstances can a child be seated on a guest’s lap, nor can we allocate additional tickets for children attending a Degree Congregation.
A number of television screening rooms are available to guests, with a venue specifically designated for children available in Staff House (building R24 on the campus map (PDF - 397KB)). This venue includes catering and toilet facilities nearby. Degree Congregations are not considered appropriate for babies and young children, therefore we advise graduands to take advantage of the alternative venues across campus to maximize your enjoyment of the day.
Visa to attend the ceremony
Please read our visitor visa guide if you or your guests need a visa to attend your Degree Congregation.
In support of your application, the University can produce a letter that states that you have been invited to attend a Degree Congregation, and that you are able to bring two guests with you to the ceremony. We are unable to issue named invitations to your guests.
You can get a copy of the letter you need by submitting a query online to Enquiry Services.