On the day


Please note this page is still displaying 2019 information

What happens on the day?

We are running two ceremonies on Thursday 18 July 2019. You need to know which ceremony you are attending and it’s not possible to switch. Use our handy table of timings to see where you need to be at what time, you need to make sure you allow enough time to everything before the ceremony starts.

There will be staff on hand and plenty of signage to guide you to where everything is when you arrive.

Where do I need to be and at what time?


10am ceremony

2.30pm ceremony

Graduates and guests arrive for the ceremony



Collect your gown

Collect your name card and guest tickets from the registration desk (level -1)

Buy any extra tickets you may need*

Have your photographs taken

8am – 9.30am

12.30am – 2pm

Once all this is done you can relax and purchase refreshments from the cafes and bar within the Barbican

Auditorium doors open



All graduates and guests to be seat

By 9.50am

By 2.10pm

Ceremony begins and lasts approximately two hours



After the ceremony there will be a ceremony reception with refreshments available that will last approximately one hour.

Final chance for photographs

2.30pm – 4.30pm

4.30pm – 6.30pm

Photography studios close


Return your gown

By 6.30pm at the latest

*Subject to availability. Please visit our Ticket Booking page where the latest ticket information is displayed.

What happens during the ceremony?

The graduation programme given to you on the day will tell you what is happening and who is speaking. There are a few speeches before you are presented on to the stage.

Your name card that you are given also acts as your ticket. You must sit in the seat you are given as you are called to cross the stage in alphabetical order by programme. We advise you to leave your belongings either in the cloakroom or with your guests just in case you don’t return to the same seat you were sat in after you cross the stage.

·         When it is time for you to be presented on stage a member of staff will tell you which way to go, take your name card with you.

·         When you are told to go on stage, you must give your name card to the person standing at the lectern. Wait until your name is read out and then continue to cross the stage to shake the principal’s hand.

·         If you don’t wish to shake hands with the Principal please make yourself known to the staff at the registration desk who will assist you.

·         Continue to walk across the stage and you will be directed by staff back to a seat in the hall (this may not be the seat you were originally sat in).

·         The moment you cross the stage will be photographed and filmed

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