Graduation is a big day. Make the most of it by getting your preparations done in plenty of time.

An invitation and information pack will be sent to all eligible students after Easter, by post and by email, and booking will open in May.


Who is eligible to attend?

  • The following awards are presented at graduation: BA or BSc (with or without Honours), PGCE (Primary or Secondary), PGDip, MA, MSc or MTeach, MPhil, PhD

  • If you achieve an appropriate award, or are expected to achieve an appropriate award, between December 2016 and 19th July 2017, you will be invited to the July graduation ceremonies
  • If you achieve an appropriate award, or are expected to achieve an appropriate award, after July 2017, you will be invited to our next graduation ceremonies, which will be held on 14th February 2018
  • Foundation degree students based at partner colleges are not invited to attend as our partner colleges will hold their own graduation events

How do I book guest tickets?

Tickest are booked online via The Hub (booking will open in May). 

You may purchase a maximum of 2 guest tickets at first, but at the same time you can place a request for extra guest tickets; these will be allocated after booking closes in mid-June and we know how many seats we have left.

Tickets will be colleceted from the Guildhall on the day, when you register for your ceremony.

What if I do not pass my course in time for Graduation?

Should you not complete the course in time to graduate at your expected ceremony then you can obtain refunds on any of your purchases by contacting each of the services involved.

Please do not wait until you have passed your course before obtaining your tickets as the closing date for booking falls before some results have been announced.

Should you complete your course after your expected graduation your certificate will be issued within 6 weeks of when the award is achieved, and you will be invited to the next ceremonies.

I'm an international student – do I need to make special arrangements?

If you require a letter for immigration purposes in order for your guests to attend your graduation ceremony, please contact the Graduation Office by phone or email; we will need to know the names of your guests and their relationship to you, and the address to send the letter to.

If you require a letter to confirm your completion of studies please contact the Student Information Desk (SID) in Commons or email

What do I wear?

You must wear the correct academic robes in order to take part in your ceremony. These may be hired or bought from our official suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft.

Bath Spa robes are dark blue with the exception of PhD robes which are a lighter shade. The hoods are blue with a silver trim and the design of the hood depends on the level of award that you are receiving. The hood is designed to be worn by attaching a loop on the hood to a button on a shirt/blouse, although it can be pinned instead.

Graduation is a formal event, and we advise that you dress to suit the occasion in clothing which will be manageable and comfortable beneath your robes.

On the Day

What time do I need to be there?

You will need to register before your ceremony, collect your guest tickets and put on your academic robes. All of this is done at the Guildhall, across the road from Bath Abbey.

The Guildhall will open at 9am each day, and registration will close 30 minutes before your ceremony. You can also have official photographs taken by Ede & Ravenscroft.

What happens during the ceremony?

Before the ceremony, while guests and students are taking their seats, live music is played.

The ceremony will begin promptly at the advertised time, and it will not be possible to admit late arrivals.

After welcomes from the Registrar, the academic procession enters Bath Abbey.

The Order of Ceremonies is as follows:

• The ceremony is declared open
• Vice-Chancellor’s address
• Presentation of honorary awards
• Presentation of student awards
• Student valedictory address
• The ceremony is declared closed

For the presentation of your award, stewards will direct you to the side of the stage at the appropriate time; your name will be read out by a member of staff from your department, and you will cross the stage to be congratulated in the centre by the Dean of your School. You then leave the stage on the opposite side, and stewards will direct you back to your seat.

At the end of the ceremony, the academic procession will leave first, followed by graduates.

We expect each ceremony to last about one hour.

Can I film the event?

The use of cameras and video recorders during the ceremony is strictly prohibited (this includes mobile phones) as they distract those taking part and spoil the enjoyment of other guests. The University has arranged for 1st Take to make a professional recording of the ceremony; if you would like to order a copy please complete and return the enclosed order form.

You may of course take photographs before and after the ceremony itself.

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