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Graduation FAQs:


Where are the ceremonies held?
The ceremonies will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.

What is the duration of the ceremonies?
Each ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at least an hour prior to your ceremony to provide adequate time to robes and have professional photography taken before the ceremony. You will need to enter the venue via the Level 1 doors only. Please be aware you will be need to check in via a QR code with Royal Festival Hall staff prior to entry.

What precautionary COVID-19 measures are being put into place?
We will be closely following the guidelines set out by the venue to ensure the safety of all our guests. This will involve the recommendation of mask wearing whilst inside the building, check in on the NHS app upon arrival and spaced ceremony times to allow for little crossover between cohorts. Clear guidance will be provided to graduates in an attendance email sent prior to the ceremonies and our website will be updated regularly.

I have guests who will be coming from outside the UK, can I receive a letter to assist with their Visa application?
The email invitation is the only official document from the University. Please print off your invitation and bring it, along with a personal letter to your embassy or consulate. Please contact your embassy for further information.

I do NOT want to attend graduation; should I inform you?
If you do not wish to attend your graduation ceremony, you need do nothing. If you have not already received it, Registry will post your certificate to your home or permanent address. For all further enquiries regarding certificates, email registry@roehampton.ac.uk.

Can I attend graduation at a later date?
If you are not able to attend your graduation ceremony, you can defer.
To defer your graduation ceremony you must complete the online deferral form to request this.

What are the prices of the tickets?
As a graduate, your student ticket is free. The price of a guest ticket is £35 per adult and £16 per child aged sixteen and under. We have a limited availability of box seats available at £40 per ticket. Children aged one and under do not require a ticket but will not be allocated to a seat. Tickets include entrance to a reception following the ceremony. The prices reflect the full cost to hold ceremonies in a Central London location and enables us to offer free tickets to all students.

Where can I purchase my tickets?
Tickets for the ceremonies are not yet open. Invitations will be sent out soon.

When will I receive my tickets?
Tickets will be provided in an e-ticket format. You will need to bring this with you on the day to gain access to the auditorium.

Can provisions be made for graduates or guests with individual requirements / disabilities?
If you or one of your guests have any special requirements for seating or your presentation, you should inform the Alumni Development Office as soon as possible by calling 020 8392 3344 or emailing graduation@roehampton.ac.uk. If we are not made aware of any special requirements in advance, we may be unable to meet them on the day.

When will I receive my certificate?
Your certificate will not be presented to you at the ceremony. Certificates are dispatched by Registry (registry@roehampton.ac.uk) on a monthly basis following the awards boards. It is therefore very important that your permanent address is kept up to date at all times of the year through the Student Portal.

I have already received my Award Certificate in the post. Do I need to bring it with me for my ceremony?
No, you are not required to bring your certificate with you to your graduation ceremony.

Where will I and my guests be seated during the ceremony?
All students and guests will be given specific seat numbers. Students are seated separately from their guest(s).
Students, please present your e-ticket to the steward of your assigned row. You must sit in the seat number you have been allocated to unless you are asked to change by a steward.

How do I get there?
Please visit the Southbank Centre website for specific information. The closest station is London Waterloo.

Am I able to leave early?
We ask that you do not leave the ceremony before the end unless there is an emergency. After the ceremony you may choose whether or not to attend the reception.

Are children allowed to attend the ceremony?

No one above the age of one will be admitted to the ceremony without a ticket. Children under one are admitted free of charge but will not be allocated a seat. They will be expected to sit on the lap of their parent/carer.

How do I hire/purchase academic gowns?
To hire or purchase robes, you must use the university’s official external robing company, Ede and Ravenscroft, contactable on 01223 861854. Graduation is a formal occasion. Please dress appropriately.

Will there be official photographers?
Yes, official photographers will be available to take individual photographs before and/or after each ceremony. Please visit the Ede and Ravenscroft website or phone them on 01223861854. An official photographer will take photographs of each student crossing the stage, which will available to purchase after the ceremony.

Can I take my own photographs during the ceremony?
Yes, but please be reminded that students or parents moving out of their seats to take video films and photographs is not permitted during the ceremonies.

Do I have to pre-book official photography or can I book on the day?
If you do not pre-order you may still have your photograph taken as it is possible to order and pay on the day of your graduation ceremony.

Can I purchase any merchandise?
If you wish to purchase personalised merchandise, please visit the Campus Clothing store.

Will there be parking available?
Please visit Southbank Centre’s parking page for more information.

Do you have any Careers assistance once we have left the University of Roehampton?

Yes! No matter when you graduated, the University of Roehampton is here to provide you with a careers service. Please visit our careers site or call 020 8392 3573 for further advice.

I am interested in doing a postgraduate degree, are there any discounts?

There are many Alumni Services and Benefits that you can take advantage of, one of which is a reduction in fees if you choose to continue with your studies at the University of Roehampton.

These benefits include a 20% Discount on tuition fees for postgraduate study, up to 50% of 'Languages for All' Classes and a 10% Discount on Online Courses.

Is there an Alumni Department who will keep in touch with me after I graduate?

Yes! Here at the University of Roehampton we are proud to say that we strive to build lifelong partnerships with our students. When you graduate you automatically become part of our global alumni community which allows you to easily maintain close contact with the University.

As a former Roehampton student, you can use our website to update your details, register for events and much more. There will also be opportunities for you to get involved and give back to the University.

If you require any further information, please contact the Alumni Development Office on 020 8392 3344 or email graduation@roehampton.ac.uk.
We hope you enjoy your day!