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Tickets and Seating

Ticket Allocation

Tickets are free of charge and include post-ceremony refreshments. Graduands may apply for up to 4 guest tickets in addition to their own admission ticket. The University can only guarantee that you will be allocated 2 guest tickets. If space allows, additional tickets will be allocated after the booking deadline has passed and the expected attendance has been assessed.

Tickets are not posted to you. You simply collect them from the Registration Desk on the day of your Ceremony. You will be notified by email of your ticket allocation.

Registration, Ticket Collection and Gown Hire will all be signposted, and there will also be staff around to help and guide you to where you need to be.

If you wish to invite friends and family from outside the UK to your graduation ceremony please visit our International webpage to see what they will need to support their visa application.

Seating Arrangement

Graduands are given a reserved seat number in front of the stage. It is important that you sit in the seat reserved for you so that the order of presentation is correct. You will be seated by course in alphabetical order. An usher will direct you to the stage and your name will be announced. You should then walk across the stage and shake hands with the Presiding Officer before returning to your seat.

Guest seating surrounds the graduate seats in the hall.  Need help or advice? Please contact the Graduation Team.

Tickets for Children

Graduation ceremonies are formal, lengthy events and experience has shown that children become bored and restless. However, we appreciate that it is not always possible to make alternative childcare arrangements and exit points are clearly marked should you need to leave the Hall.

Children under the age of 2 do not require tickets and may sit on an adult's lap, not on a seat. Children aged 2 and over require a guest ticket for entry to the ceremony.

Please note that prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the Ceremony.