Graduations are the highlight of the Imperial year, where friends, families and academic staff come together at our South Kensington Campus and the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students.

Two graduation days are held each year. Commemoration Day is held in October, while Postgraduate Graduation takes place in May.

The ceremonies on Commemoration Day and Postgraduate Graduation take place at the Royal Albert Hall, where they have been celebrated for more than 60 years. After the ceremonies graduates and their guests can attend the departmental receptions on the South Kensington Campus thereafter.

Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day takes its name from a visit made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1945 to mark the centenary of the Royal College of Science, the oldest forerunner to Imperial.

Today, more than 2,500 students attend Commemoration Day.

The next Commemoration Day will take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Postgraduate Graduation

Postgraduate Graduation is held in May each year . Each year, over 3500 Master’s and doctoral students graduate from Imperial.

The most recent Postgraduate Graduation took place on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Watch previous ceremonies

Relive past Imperial graduation ceremonies on our YouTube Channel.

Commemoration Day 2018

The Faculty of Medicine ceremony during Commemoration Day 2018
The Faculty of Natural Sciences ceremony during Commemoration Day 2018
The Faculty of Engineering ceremony during Commemoration Day 2018