We are planning to resume in-person graduation ceremonies in 2022, subject to there being no further changes in the UK Government guidance around large-scale events.
I was due to attend the ceremonies in January 2022
When will I get my refund?
We hope to have all refunds for guest tickets processed by Friday 14 January 2022. If you have not received the money in your account by Monday 17 January 2022, then please contact the Ceremonies & Events team, by filling in our enquiry form.
Can you transfer my guest tickets to a future ceremony?
The university cannot transfer bookings for future ceremonies and will refund any transactions for guest tickets relating to the postponed ceremonies.
When will I be able to attend a ceremony?
The decision to postpone our ceremonies has only recently been made and discussions with our host venue are starting immediately. We will advise you of the new timeline for when you will be able to attend a replacement ceremony as soon as possible. We aim to contact you in Spring 2022 with an update. Please ensure that your Student Record is up to date with your personal address.
Can I defer a gown hire?
Ede & Ravenscroft are unable to transfer bookings to future events and will be providing refunds to all bookings for academic gowns for our January 2022 ceremonies. You do not need to contact Ede & Ravenscroft to have your booking refunded and you should see this amount refunded to the account used for the original hire. If you have not received a refund by Monday 24 January 2022, please contact Ede & Ravenscroft directly to discuss your case on +44(0) 1223 861 854 or open a case with their customer service team.
Can I reclaim costs for flights or accommodation I've already booked?
The university is unable to help with the reimbursement of flights, accommodation, or any costs associated with attending your graduation ceremony. Please speak to your travel/accommodation provider in the first instance.
I was due to attend a graduation ceremony in July 2020, January 2021 or July 2021. When will my rescheduled ceremony take place?
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone our July 2020, January 2021 and July 2021 graduation ceremonies.
In light of the restrictions in place during this period and the uncertainty around travel we took this decision to ensure the health of our community of students, staff and visitors.
Like you, we were very disappointed that we were unable to celebrate your incredible achievements when your graduation ceremony was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have been working closely with our host venues to ensure that all our graduates have an opportunity to attend a ceremony in London. We are now planning to resume in-person graduation ceremonies throughout 2022. This is, of course, subject to there being no further changes in the guidance around large-scale events.
We will invite all students whose ceremony should have been held in July 2020, January 2021 or July 2021 to a ceremony between mid-May and early September 2022.
Graduation dates with our host venues are booked many years in advance and are calculated according to expected graduating cohort numbers for each faculty. Therefore, it would not be possible for all students from a previous cohort to fit into the schedule determined for January 2022 without other students being excluded.
Our aim is to ensure that you are invited to a ceremony alongside the people you completed your studies with, and further information regarding the specific date you will be invited to will follow at the end of January 2022.
I am due to complete my studies in 2022. When will my graduation ceremony take place?
Subject to there being no further changes in the COVID-19 guidance around large-scale events, we plan to resume our in-person graduation ceremonies in the new year. If you are due to complete your studies in 2022, you will be invited to an in-person graduation ceremony as normal.
- Undergraduate students will be invited to a ceremony in summer 2022
- Postgraduate taught students will be invited to a ceremony in January 2023
- Postgraduate research students will be invited to a ceremony in line with the completion date of their studies
Can I defer my place to a future ceremony?
For students due to attend a ceremony between May and September 2022, including those who have been rescheduled from a previous year due to COVID-19, you may request a deferral to a ceremony in July 2023.
You can request a deferral as part of the online booking process, which will be shared with you in your graduation ceremony invitation email.
I was due to attend a previous graduation ceremony in 2019/20 but deferred my place to July 2020, which was then postponed due to COVID-19. Will I be able to attend a ceremony in 2022?
Yes, if you deferred from a previous graduation ceremony session to a date that was then postponed due to COVID-19, you will be included and invited to a ceremony taking place between mid-May and early September 2022, as above.
I have completed multiple awards in the last few years at King’s; when will my ceremony take place?
If you have completed multiple awards at King’s in the last few years, you may find that you are invited to individual ceremonies on different dates for these awards.
Important to know: We are not able to combine these ceremonies or take requests with regards to your graduation date(s). Faculty allocations for our ceremony dates are released a few months in advance and when you receive your invitation to a ceremony, the first page of the booking task will indicate the award which you are being invited to graduate. You are welcome to attend both ceremonies.
Will I still receive my transcript and degree certificate or award?
All graduates will receive their certificates by post within 3 months of the date of your award. Please ensure your home address is updated on your student record, as this is where the certificate will be sent.
We hope that your certificate will reach you sooner, but please be aware that this window allows for postal delays, international shipping and other unforeseen issues, including those relating to the ongoing pandemic.
For updates and more specific information about degree certificates, please see Your Degree Certificate.
How do I prove I have graduated whilst I wait for my hard copy degree certificate to arrive?
The quickest and simplest way for you to access documents proving your results, is to do so electronically. To find out more about the options available, see our article I need to prove I’ve graduated.
Do I need to attend a ceremony to officially graduate?
Attending a graduation ceremony is not a requirement; you will still graduate and be awarded your degree once all your results have been ratified.
Once this process is complete, you have officially graduated and attending a ceremony is a celebration event to mark your achievement.
How can I ensure I receive updates regarding future graduation ceremonies?
I’m a parent or guest of a graduating student. How can I keep up to date with the latest information regarding what options are available?
We know that graduation ceremonies can be just as important to parents and supporters as they are to our students themselves.
We will contact graduating students with an update as soon as we are able to. We will also keep our information up to date here, so please do check back regularly.
What if I need a visa to attend the ceremony?
We understand that some students will need to apply for another visa in order to attend their graduation. As part of the online booking process, you will be able to request a Visa Assistance Letter to assist the visa application process for yourself or your guests.
You will be able to request a Visa Letter for yourself or your guests as part of the online booking process, which will be shared with you in your graduation ceremony invitation email.
Important to know: Visa Assistance letters produced by the Events team cannot be used to support a visa extension application. For support with this, please check Immigration & visa advice.
Who can I contact with additional questions about graduation ceremonies?
If you’re still looking for more information, please check our related articles to the right, or take a look through our Graduation category for further articles about graduating and broader information about finishing university.
If you’re still not sure or can’t quite find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to log an enquiry with us and we will support you.
If you are studying on one of our online programmes, please do reach out to your dedicated Student Success Advisor directly if you have any queries.
Where can I find the latest information from King’s about coronavirus?
Please visit KCL Coronavirus for the last information and guidance from King’s related the pandemic.