Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about your graduation? Browse through the information below to find out more about your day - you can find links to each section or view our top 10 frequently asked questions below. These FAQs will be updated regularly as more details are confirmed.

Registration  Guest tickets  Special requirements  Gown hire and photography   Certificates and transcripts    

Top Graduation FAQs

When are Summer 2024 graduation ceremonies?

Summer graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2024 will be taking place from Monday, 8 July to Friday, 19 July 2024. The full list of dates and times of each ceremony will be released when registration opens on 15 April, and we'll email you with further instructions on how to register.   

Where are the graduation ceremonies being held?

The graduation ceremonies are hosted every year at the Whitworth Hall (No. 50 on the campus map).

How do I know if I’m potentially eligible to attend?

If you are in your final year of your programme and due to complete and be fully awarded this summer, then you will be identified as potentially eligible to attend the ceremony. We will be sending confirmation emails to all students with confirmed attendance on Thursday, 4 July 2024.  

How much will it cost to attend?

There is no cost for your ceremony. Your entrance is free and includes a maximum of two free guest tickets.

Graduation is a formal event and all Graduands must wear the gown, hood and mortarboard/cap appropriate for their level of award. The University has appointed Ede & Ravenscroft as our preferred gown supplier.

The cost of online gown hire from Ede & Ravenscroft is £42 for a Bachelor and Masters gown and £56 for a Doctoral gown.

If you forget to pre-order your gown, the hire cost on the day will be higher than the prices above.

If you hire or purchase your gown from another source, you must ensure that it is the correct colour, design and style for your level of award. If it is not, you will not be permitted to attend your ceremony.

Optional and additional costs include professional photography, parking, food and drinks on campus etc. 

How and when will I be able to register to attend?

The instruction on how to register will be emailed to your university and personal email address we currently hold on your student record when registration opens on Monday, 15 April 2024.

GMBA students will be emailed before close of business Friday, 19 April 2024. Please note that registration is different for GMBA, and instructions will be included in this email. 

Please make sure we have the right contact details for you and keep an eye on your inbox. 

How do I get confirmation of registration?

We do not send out confirmation that you have registered, however, you can log in tothe Student System and check your registration status at any time. 

Formal confirmation, once registration has closed on Friday 28 June 2024, will be sent with your ticket allocation in an email on Thursday, 4 July. You should bring the email with you on the day of your ceremony to pick up your tickets and seat number. 

I’m not attending the ceremony - do I need to do anything?

Yes. It is equally important that you register to say you are not attending (either graduating in abesentia, or deferring your ceremony) via the registration process in the Student System. If you complete the registration by the deadline (Friday, 28 June 2024) your degree will be posted to your Home address after the final ceremonies. Please allow until 31 August 2024 for the delivery of your certificate before contacting the graduation team. If you do not register to say you are not attending, your certificate will not be automatically posted to you. You will have 12 months from the date registration closes on Friday, 28 June 2024 to request a physical copy of your certificateThis can be requested by contacting Student Services on 

How do I hire my gown?

All gown hire should be arranged via Ede & Ravenscroft, the University’s official gown supplier. Please see Graduation Services | Ede & Ravenscroft ( for booking and all related information. 

Please order your gown by  Monday, 24 June 2024.

How many tickets can I have?

You are guaranteed a maximum of 2 guest tickets (government guidelines allowing); these must be requested through the Student Systemwhen you register your intention to graduate at a ceremony. The deadline to do this is Friday, 28 June 2024.  

You will receive an email confirming your registration on Thursday, 4 July 2024. You will need to show this email at the registration desk, University Place (37 on the campus map) when collecting your tickets on the day of your ceremony. 

No further tickets will be allocated prior to the ceremonies. In the event that there are any additional tickets available for your ceremony, these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis on the day when registration opens for your ceremony. Please do not rely on this and do not make arrangements on the assumption that more than 2 guests will be seated in the Whitworth Hall. 

(Please Note: there are separate instructions for Global MBA Students to register for their guest tickets.)  

You cannot collect tickets or register more than 2 hours before your assigned ceremony. 

When will I receive my tickets?

Tickets for guests will be issued on the day of the ceremony to you when you register your attendance and receive your seat number. Please note, when registering on the day, you will receive your seat number and a maximum of 2 x guest tickets.

When will I receive my certificate?

If you are attending your ceremony, you will receive your certificate on stage during your ceremony.

If you are not attending, you will still need to respond to your invitiation to complete registration through the system. Here you can update your home adress to receive your certificate by post.

If I am due to graduate, when can I have my transcript?

From the day of your graduation ceremony, you will be able to access your digital transcript online free of charge. For new users of Digitary, please register here. You will not be able to register for Digitary access until the day of your graduation. 

When will my student IT account close? 

IT accounts of 2024 Summer graduates will expire at the end of the day on Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

How do I access my Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)?

Graduated students will be able to access their HEAR online via Digitarybut this will not be fully available for all students after the end of graduation. 

Information about how to access your HEAR or academic transcript is available on the Student Support website. 

For specific queries about your HEAR or your academic transcript, please contact or 

I don't wish to have my name printed in the official programme:

Should you not wish to have your name printed on the the official graduation programme please notify us in time and on or before  Friday, 28 June 2024, you will need to email to notify us and clearly head the email and include the subject line 'Remove my name from the official graduation programme for July 2024'.