Let us guide you through step-by-step the process of preparing for graduation. The list of key dates and deadlines for students graduating in December 2019 is available here.
Step one: Confirm your contact details
We will send your expression of interest email and your formal invitation to both your 'contact' and 'home' email addresses as they appear in the RISIS web portal. Please check by the start of September that your details are showing correctly. If any details change after this date please contact the Graduation office.
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.
Step two: Expressing your interest
You should receive an email invitation to express your interest in attending Graduation 3-4 months before a set of ceremonies. Your response to this will help us create the ceremony schedule.
This is an expression of interest to help with planning purposes only. Your invitation to your specific graduation ceremony will be sent at a later date and will contain a link to the formal graduation registration process, which you will be required to complete.
Please note, if you express your interest by the deadline you will be given priority when completing formal registration and applying for guest tickets.
Step three: Formal registration and booking guest tickets
The ceremony schedule will be published online in mid-October. At this time you will be emailed your invitation to formally register for graduation. Your invitation will state the precise time and date of your ceremony.
You need to register on your RISISweb portal by Sunday 3 November 2019.
Book guest tickets
Graduation is a special time for you and your guests. Unfortunately, due to the space limitations of our historic Great Hall, we can only allow two ticketed guests entry to the Hall 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 successfully completed the expression of interest process prior to formal graduation registration.
Graduating students do not require a ticket for Graduation and there is no charge for guest tickets. We will confirm your guest ticket allocation by Friday 15 November.
Whilst only ticketed guests are able to enter the Great Hall, we do not put any limit on the number of guests that can come to the London Road campus itself. Guests without tickets for the Great Hall can watch the ceremonies live on big screens in the Video Relay Rooms provided on the same campus.
Step four: Organise your graduation robes and official photographs
To understand what type of robes you will be wearing please read our description of your Academic Dress. We advise that you use our preferred supplier Ede and Ravenscroft and you will need to hire or buy your academic dress (cap, hood and gown) at least 21 days before your ceremony either:
- online at www.gownhire.co.uk
- by calling Ede & Ravenscroft on +44 (0) 1223 861 854.
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. Read more about how to get your robes and photographs.
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
The easiest way to check the status of your account and pay any outstanding debts is online via the below link:
You will not be able to graduate and will be automatically deferred to a future graduation ceremony if:
- you have not passed and need to resit
- you have not passed, but have qualified for an exit award, which you have not yet accepted
- you have an open academic misconduct case in the lead up to Graduation
- for any other reason the Exams Office do not have a final result for you by Monday 4 November 2019.
You will be able to attend your planned graduation ceremony and submit an appeal against your result if you consider that you have grounds supported by relevant evidence. However, you will not receive your degree certificate until after the resolution of your appeal.