This page contains important information for graduating students and their guests to help them enjoy the day!

What do I need to do on Graduation Day?

1. Arrive in plenty of time

The Campus will be particularly busy on Graduation day. Please ensure that you arrive with plenty of time to collect your gown and get to the Royal Albert Hall before your ceremony.

We reccommend arriving on campus a minimum of 90 minutes prior to your ceremony.

Here is a campus map to help you find your way on the day!

2. Collect your gown

Gown collection will be located in the Great Hall on campus.  Timings will be confirmed early 2018.

3. Photography

See the photography section for information.

You cannot book your photographer in advance. However you may find it helpful to look at the packages and prices on the Tempest Photography website.  Please leave plenty of time to have your photographs taken as the studios do get very busy. You will need to wear your graduation gown during the photo shoot so please ensure you have collected this before you arrive for photography. Hats will be provided on the day of your graduation for your photos with Tempest.  Wheelchair users can access the photography studios using the lift with access via the South entrance to the Union Quadrangle.


4. Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall reserves the right to search bags brought into the Hall. Therefore we ask that you and your guests are prepared for any bags to be checked. We ask for your assistance in this process by avoiding bringing large bags to graduation and by arriving at the Royal Albert Hall a minimum of  45 minutes before your ceremony.

5. Graduate!

Each graduation ceremony will last around an hour and a half. You’ll hear speeches from the Chair of Council, the President, the Student Union President and your Faculty Dean amongst others.

Then you will be ushered from your seat to join the line of students. Once your name is called, you will process across the stage and shake the Dean’s hand, before returning to your seat.

Watch our helpful guide on how to shake hands at your graduation ceremony.

Please note: Degree certificates are not presented to graduates at the graduation ceremony. Degree certificates are posted to graduates within three months of the award conferral date.

If you have queries regarding your certificate, please contact the Certificates team in Registry by emailing

6. Celebrate!

After each ceremony, there are departmental receptions held on campus where you can celebrate with your graduating class and enjoy drinks and canapés with your family and friends. Check your tickets for the location of your department’s reception on campus.

Please note the receptions last up to 90 minutes each and we recommend that you go straight from your ceremony to your reception on campus.

Remember to sign up with the Alumni Team so that the College can keep in touch with you in the future.

7. Filming

Graduation is a special day and we recognise that not all of your friends and family can attend in person, therefore our graduation ceremonies are professionally filmed and the footage posted on the College’s website after the ceremonies which allows for friends, family and yourself to watch back the ceremonies.  Please note,  footage may also be used by Imperial College, London for media publications and advertising.

All graduands and guests should be aware that they may feature in this footage. By registering to take part in your graduation ceremony and by purchasing guest tickets, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded.

The Imperial College London’s professional photographers will be on campus throughout graduation day taking photographs. If you do not wish your photograph to be taken, please inform the photographer.

Please note he taking of ‘selfies’ during the ceremony, particularly on stage, is strictly prohibited and could result in your removal from the event. Graduands will be filmed as they process across the stage and shake hands with the presiding officers. Any gesture to the camera or inappropriate acts or use of signage is prohibited and the College reserves the right to edit any inappropriate behaviour from the footage before it is made available online.

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