This article is currently up to date for the July 2024 graduation ceremonies. Any changes for the January 2025 ceremonies will be made in semester 1 of the 2024-5 academic year.


In this article:


Booking your tickets

You are encouraged to book your graduation ticket as soon as you receive your invitation. Capacity at our ceremonies is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You must book your place before the booking deadline on Thursday 6 June 2024 at 17.00.

Important to know: graduation tickets and guest tickets are not transferable to another ceremony or another student.



Guest tickets



Royal Festival Hall



Southwark Cathedral



I need to cancel my ticket or a guest ticket


Gown hire

Academic dress and smart dress are compulsory. 

You must hire your academic dress before the deadline of three weeks before your ceremony. 

We reserve the right to refuse admission to those students who do not comply with these requirements.

For more information, please refer to What is the academic dress for ceremonies, and how can I book it?


I need to cancel my gown


Special requirements

To ensure that you and your guests can participate fully in your ceremony, please let us know in advance if there are any special requirements that we need to be aware of. This can be done up to 10 working days before your ceremony.

Important to know: by making an online booking, or submitting a booking form to the office, you and your guests consent to us passing relevant details of an individual’s special requirements to the graduation venue to enable any appropriate adjustments to be made.

What if I owe a debt to King's College London?

You must pay any outstanding debts to the University in full at least 10 working days prior to the relevant Examination Board. If you have any outstanding debts after this time, your award will not be ratified, and you will not be able to graduate. 


Attending your ceremony

You must arrive at the venue sufficiently in advance of your ceremony start time, and you must be seated at least 15 minutes before the start of your ceremony.



Collecting your tickets and gown






What if I'm running late?


Changes to your ceremony


Important to know: The university is unable to help with the reimbursement of flights, accommodation, or any costs associated with attending your graduation ceremony.


  • It’s your responsibility to ensure your accommodation and travel are refundable, and the University will not be liable for any losses incurred. 
  • Any travel and accommodation booked for you and/or your guests to attend the graduation ceremony should be refundable, or otherwise exchangeable, and the University will not be liable for any losses incurred in the rare event that a ceremony has been changed or cancelled.
  • The University will not be liable for any losses incurred if you're not eligible to attend the ceremony due to your award not being conferred before our deadline. We would recommend that you not book travel and accommodation unless you are certain you are eligible.



Changes to ceremony date or time



Ceremony at capacity



Force majeure


Attending a future ceremony

If you’re unable to attend your graduation ceremony, you can defer to the next set of ceremonies once. This can be done directly in the booking task or by contacting the Graduation team. Once you have exceeded the number of authorised deferrals, your record will be marked as ‘graduating in absentia’.

Important to know: if a ceremony has reached full capacity, you will be invited to the next set of ceremonies.




Gross misconduct

King’s College London is committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all members of our community. The University expects all those attending graduation, either as a graduate, guest or member of staff, to act in a manner which reflects these values.

  • Bullying and any form of harassment will not be tolerated under any circumstance. 
  • The University reserves the right to refuse admittance to a ceremony.


Data protection statement

You are reminded that King’s College London graduation ceremonies are regarded as public events. Photo and video image recordings of the ceremony may be purchased or used for publicity purposes.