Ceremony start times

The time of your ceremony will be clearly shown in your invitation email. Each ceremony will last about an hour and a half. Announcements will be made when you and your guests need to take your seats in the ceremony hall. Doors will close 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony, so make sure that you and your guests are seated by then.

Our venues

Our ceremonies are held at the Royal Festival Hall on London's Southbank. The venue will be clearly shown on your invitation email. You should aim to arrive one and a half hours before your ceremony begins.

The venue is easily accessible by public transport and is located within the congestion charging zone. Parking is very limited, so we recommend that you and your guests travel to the venue by public transport where possible.

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road

Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Road

Plan your journey with Transport for London.

Collecting your tickets and gown

One of the first things that you will need to do when you arrive at the venue is to register with us and collect your ticket(s).

Visit us at the registration desks on Level 1 with a copy of your confirmation email, and we will give you your tickets and answer any queries you might have.

Note: confirmation emails are sent out to students approximately 5 working days before the ceremony.

If there is a queue at the registration desks, feel free to collect your gown first and register with us afterwards. Visit the gown collection area with a copy of your gown order confirmation. When the ceremony is over, you will need to return your gown to the same place by 5pm, unless you have made other arrangements.

During your ceremony

When everyone is called into the ceremony hall, take your seat promptly and make sure that you are sitting in the place that has been allocated to you. Do not change seats and, when called to the platform, do not change your position in the line-up, as graduands will be presented in a predetermined order.

Guests will sit in a separate area, in the rear stalls and balcony of the auditorium. 

The ceremony begins with the entrance of the Academic Procession (whose members will include the Vice-Chancellor and senior academics from your faculty), and you will need to stand during this opening part.

As the ceremony progresses, you will be called to the platform to be presented to the Vice-Chancellor, Chairman of the Court of Governors, Honorary Guests, and academic staff.

At the end of the ceremony, you will need to stand as the Academic Procession leaves the auditorium. The auditorium doors will open when the procession has left the hall.

Note: You do not receive your award certificate at the ceremony - see our Results and awards page for details of when you will receive your certificate.

Reception after the ceremony

After your ceremony, there will be a drinks reception for you and your guests.


You may bring your own camera or video camera to the ceremony, but please be considerate of those sitting around you if photographing or filming during the event. Professional photographs and a film of the ceremony will be available to purchase after the ceremony.

Tempest are the official photographers for the ceremonies and will be present at each event. You can get your photos taken on the day and can then either buy the prints straight away at the ceremony or buy them online after the event. The cost of the prints varies depending on the package you want to buy - for more details, visit our Graduation photography and souvenirs page.