In this article:
- Attending your ceremony
- Booking tickets
- Keeping up to date with ceremony news
- Proving your graduated status
- Further support
What date will my ceremony take place?
- If you have completed your studies or you’re expecting to complete your studies between January and July, you will be eligible for the July ceremonies.
- If you have completed between August and December you are eligible for the January ceremonies.
When will I receive my invitation?
- Invitations will be sent in mid-May for July ceremonies.
- Invitations will be sent in mid-November for January ceremonies.
If you have not received anything from us in the relevant period for your ceremony, please get in touch with us through our contact form.
What are the dates for graduation ceremonies in January 2023?
All these ceremonies will be held at the Royal Festival Hall.
Dickson Poon School of Law
- Thursday 12 January, 10:30
- Postgraduate departments in Consumer Law, Economics for Competition Law, European Union Law, Public Procurement Regulation in the EU, UK EU and US Copyright Law, Masters of Law, International Tax Law LLM, PGDip in Bar Practice & Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
- Thursday 12 January, 17:30
- Laws Research, Postgraduate departments in EU Competition Law, Global Ethics and Human Values, Medical Ethics and Law, Mental Health
- All undergraduate students
- Distance Learners and King’s Online students
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
- Wednesday 11 January, 14:00
- Department of Digital Humanities only
- Tuesday 17 January, 10:30
- Department of History only
- Tuesday 17 January, 14:00
- Departments of English, French, German, Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Modern Languages
- Tuesday 24 January, 14:00
- Departments of Classics, CMCI, Music, Philosophy, Film Studies, Theology & Religious Studies, Comparative Literature and Liberal Arts, Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA)
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
- Monday 16 January, 17:30
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
- Monday 16 January, 10:30:
- Undergraduate departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Bioscience Education, Genetics, Neuroscience Education, Physiology, Physiotherapy and Biomedical Engineering
- Postgraduate departments of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, Population Health & Environmental Sciences, Clinical Education and Medical Education, King's Online
- Monday 23 January, 14:00:
- Undergraduate departments of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Pharmacy
- Postgraduate departments of Basic & Medical Biosciences, Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, Immunology & Microbial Sciences and Life Course
- All Intercalating students
Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences
- Wednesday 11 January, 10:30:
- Departments of Engineering & Maths
- Thursday 12 January, 17:30:
- Departments of Informatics, Chemistry & Physics, King's Online
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Palliative Care
- Monday 23 January, 10:30:
- All courses except Midwifery
- Monday 23 January, 17:30:
- Midwifery only
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
- Monday 16 January, 14:00:
- School of Global Affairs
- Tuesday 17 January, 10:30:
- School of Politics & Economics
- Monday 23 January, 17:30:
- School of Education, Communication & Society
- Tuesday 24 January, 10:30:
- School of Security Studies, King's Online
Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience
- Wednesday 11 January, 14:00:
- Division of Neuroscience & Distance Learning
- Monday 16 January, 17:30:
- Division of Psychology & Systems Sciences
- Tuesday 17 January, 14:00:
- Division of Academic Psychiatry only
King’s Business School
- Wednesday 11 January, 10:30:
- Economics & Finance, Finance Analytics, Accounting Accountability & Financial Management, Banking and Finance, Finance Asset Pricing, Finance Corporate Finance, Accounting, Accounting & Finance
- Thursday 12 January, 14:00:
- Management Studies Research, Digital Marketing, Strategic Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis, International Marketing, International Management, Public Policy and Management, Executive Management, Business Management, Economics and Management, King's Online
Can I defer my place to a future ceremony?
All students will have the opportunity to defer to a ceremony in the following session.
Can I reclaim costs for flights or accommodation if I am unable to attend a ceremony?
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. We would advise all attendees to ensure cancellation is available on any bookings.
How can I book my place at a ceremony?
Bookings for graduation are made via Student Records. Students will be sent an invitation in mid-November for January ceremonies or in mid-May for July ceremonies with a link to book. We understand that occasionally students encounter issues in getting access to Student Records after finishing their studies. Access can be restored; please refer to details on keeping up to date.
Important to know:
- If you wish to book a place at your ceremony, we would encourage you to ensure you can access Student Records as soon as possible, rather than wait until bookings open.
- Unfortunately, our booking closing deadline cannot be extended, so if you encounter issues with accessing Student Records and miss the deadline, we will not be able to accept a late booking request.
For full details on ceremony tickets, please refer to How do I book tickets for my graduation ceremony?
What happens if the ceremony I have been invited to reaches capacity before I manage to book my ticket?
Tickets to our ceremonies will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If a ceremony reaches capacity, your invitation may be transferred to another ceremony for the same faculty or deferred to the next ceremony period.
Important to know: It will not be possible to alter the date of your ceremony for any reason, other than the ceremony you were originally invited to having reached capacity.
What can I do if I receive my invitation and my ceremony is not when I expect it to be?
How many guest tickets will I be able to book?
- For ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall, you will be able to book a maximum of 3 guest tickets for your ceremony.
- For ceremonies at Southwark Cathedral you will be able to book a maximum of 2 guest tickets for your ceremony.
We may be able to offer additional guest tickets if the venue has capacity, but we won’t be able to confirm this until later in the booking period.
Our priority is to ensure that all graduates have the opportunity to attend an in-person ceremony, which is why guest tickets are capped in the first instance.
Important to know: We won’t be able to consider requests for additional tickets however, we will provide more information towards the end of the booking period.
I need a visa to attend my ceremony; what do I do?
We understand that some students will need to apply for another visa in order to attend their ceremony.
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. This 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 Visa assistance for your graduation ceremony.
How do I organise gown hire?
Information on how to hire your gown will be sent to any student who books a place at a graduation ceremony as part of your booking confirmation; you cannot book your gown until you have booked your ceremony place.
For detail on booking a ceremony gown, please refer to What is the academic dress for ceremonies, and how can I book it?
How can I ensure I have access to my student record?
Please ensure that you have updated your Student Record with a personal email address, as this will be how we contact you regarding future updates.
If you experience any difficulties in accessing Student Records, please refer to our troubleshooting guidance in I need help accessing my student record.
The email address listed on Student Records will be the one at which we contact you going forward, so please ensure this is up to date if you wish to continue receiving communications regarding your re-arranged ceremony.
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 keep information up to date in this article, so please do check back regularly.
Will I still receive my degree certificate?
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.
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. Attending a ceremony is a celebration event to mark your achievement.
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.