Get ready to graduate
BY University of Reading 10 March 2017
Let us guide you through step-by-step the process of preparing for graduation. See here for a list of key dates and deadlines for students graduating in December 2017.
Step one: Confirm your contact details
We will send your invitation to Graduation to both your 'contact' and 'home' email addresses as they appear in the RISIS web portal.
If you do not receive an email from us, please email the Graduation office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please view the key dates to see when you should be receiving emails.
Please note: If your contact details are incorrect, you will not receive information about Graduation.
Your certificate will not be posted until you have confirmed through the RISISweb portal that we hold a correct address for you.
Step two: Expressing your interest
You should receive an email invitation to express your interest in attending Graduation 2-3 months before a set of ceremonies. Your response will help us create the ceremony schedule.
If you express your interest by the deadline you will be given priority when registering and applying for guest tickets.
Step three: Registration and booking guest tickets
Details of the Graduation ceremony schedule will be published as soon as possible online and will be available to you in early April with your invitation to register for graduation.
You need to register on your RISISweb portal by Friday 3 November.
Book guest tickets
Graduation is a special time for you and your guests. Sadly, the space limitations of our historic Great Hall mean that we can only allow two guests per graduand.
You can apply for guest tickets when you register on the portal and we will endeavour to allocate you tickets. Priority will be given to those who completed pre-registration.
Graduating students do not require a ticket for Graduation and there is no charge for guest tickets. We will confirm your ticket allocation when we email further instructions approximately six weeks before Graduation.
Step four: Organise your graduation robes and official photographs
To see what your robes will be like, please read our description of your Academic Dress.
You will need to hire or buy your academic dress (cap, hood and gown) at least 21 days before your ceremony from Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd either:
- online at www.gownhire.co.uk. (you will receive a £5 hire discount for booking online)
- by calling Ede & Ravenscroft on +44 (0) 1223 861 854. You will not receive the online hire discount if you place your order over the phone
A photography and framing service is provided on the day by Ede & Ravenscroft, who offer both individual and family portraits and a range of certificate and portrait frames.
This service is available at both summer and winter Graduation ceremonies.
You can book indoor and outdoor (summer only) photography in advance by visiting the Ede & Ravenscroft website or calling +44 (0) 1223 861 854. Alternatively, you can arrange it on the day.
Step five: Eligibility to graduate
In order to be eligible for graduation you need to check two things:
- Your results
- You don't have tuition fee debt
You will not be able to graduate and will be automatically deferred to a future graduation ceremony if:
- you appeal against your results
- you do not pass and need to resit
- the Exams Office do not have a result for you