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Graduation and presentation ceremony


All you need to know to plan your day.




Get ready to graduate and celebrate your success with friends and family! This page will take you through the programme of events, and detail what will happen at before during and after the ceremony. We also offer you some ideas on what to do afterwards with family and friends, as well as information on places to stay in London.

 10.15am       Arrival and registration
 11.15am  Seating
 12.00pm  Graduation ceremony
 1.30pm  Afternoon tea
 3.00pm  Gowns to be returned and day concludes     

Getting to the Guildhall


The graduation and presentation ceremony will take place at the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London. For details on how to reach the venue, see the Guildhall’s location page.

You are welcome to take photographs throughout the day, including during the ceremony. The grounds and local sights also make great backdrops for photos.

The ceremony

10.15am Arrival and registration

We advise you to arrive in good time to register, collect your gown and be photographed. Please contact the Events team on +44 (0)207 337 6286 as soon as possible to advise if you are running late on the day, or unable to attend.

After registration, our staff will direct you to cloakrooms and the West Crypt where you will be able to collect your gown. A limited number of gowns will be available to hire on the day and there will be an additional charge for orders made on the day.

Your guests will be directed to the Old Library and offered refreshments. The Old Library is a good meeting point for those who are travelling to the venue separately from their guests.

11.15am Seating

You will be asked to take your seat in the Great Hall. Your seat number will correspond to your place in the programme.

Guest seating is unallocated and operates on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be seats for everyone who has a ticket, although children under five may be required to sit on laps.

Everyone must be seated by 11.45am.

12.00pm Graduation ceremony

The procession will enter the Great Hall with a fanfare of trumpeters. Speeches will be followed by the presentation of graduate scrolls and prizes, and an address from a student representative.

1.30pm Afternoon tea

You will be invited to celebrate your success with a sparkling reception in the Old Library. There will be live music and afternoon tea will be served.

You will also have the chance to visit the photography studio if you didn’t in the morning.

3.00pm Gowns to be returned and day concludes

After the ceremony

Enjoy London with your loved ones. The Guildhall is within easy reach of West End theatres and many fine restaurants.

For more information about things to do after graduation, see the Visit London website. If you’re planning a celebration meal, you may be interested in checking restaurant reviews on the TimeOut website.