It’s time to start preparing for the big day! 

Get ready for graduation

2. Purchase your guest ceremony tickets

Your family and friends can celebrate with you in the Royal Albert Hall!

Registered graduands can purchase a maximum of 2 guest tickets for the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Guest tickets cost £24.99 per ticket. Graduands can purchase ceremony tickets as part of the registration process.

E-tickets for entry to the Royal Albert Hall will be emailed approximately 2 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Get ready for Graduation part two

Graduation Departmental Reception

4. Departmental reception passes

Departmental receptions are an opportunity for graduands, their guests, and members of the department to gather on the day and celebrate their achievements together.
Guest passes will be £15 per guest and graduands can purchase a maximum of two guest passes as part of the registration process.

Registration Portal Help

Register to attend graduation day

Registration for Graduation Day 2024 will open in due course and we will communicate with eligible graduands in advance of the registration portal opening. 

You will need your 8 digit CID number, date of birth and a credit/debit card to hand (to purchase guest ceremony tickets, departmental reception passes and hire academic dress). We recommend completing this at the same time as registering for your ceremony.

To access the registration portal, you will need to enter your CID and Date of birth in the format: CIDNUMBER/DDMMYYYY (e.g. 01234567/05121991). Please make sure to include any preceding 0s so that your CID number is 8 digits long.

If you or your guests require a visa you will also require passport details. Please visit our visas information page for further details.

Resend my confirmation email

Graduands can have their registration email resent to them by returning to the registration portal and on the dropdown menu of the Register button in the top right hand corner of the screen, select 'Resend my confirmation email'. Enter your email address when prompted, and your confirmation will be sent to you shortly.

Did not receive a confirmation email

When you register for Graduation Day, you will receive a confirmation email from shortly afterwards. If you don't receive your confirmation email 10 minutes after you complete registration, refresh your inbox and check your 'Spam' or 'Junk' folder.

You can check you have entered the correct email address by returning to the registration form by selecting 'Modify my registration' (see below).

If you are still having issues, contact the Graduation Team at

Exiting the form early

If you have not received a confirmation email, your registration is not complete. Either try sending yourself a confirmation email (see above) to see if you have completed registration, re-enter the form by selecting 'Modify my registration' to complete the registration form (again), or contact the Graduation Team for assistance using

Amending my attendance or change my details

If you need to change any information in your registration, the deadline is 13.00 (GMT) Tuesday 5 March 2024.

To update your registration details, return to the registration portal and on the dropdown menu of the Register button in the top right hand corner of the screen, select 'Modify my registration'. Enter your email address when prompted. You will receive an email containing the link to your form where you can update your details.

Alternatively you can use the link in your confirmation email.

If you need to change your registration details after 13.00 (GMT) Tuesday 5 March 2024 contact the Graduation Team using

If your circumstances change after registration has closed and you can no longer attend graduation, please let us know by filling in this request form. (This form will only be available after registration closes.)

Please note that if you have deferred your graduation once before, you cannot defer again. If exceptional circumstances are preventing you from attending, please contact the Graduation Team at Examples of an exceptional circumstance is a bereavement or serious illness.

* The College reserves the right to close registration before this time if event capacity is reached.

Guidance for purchasing guest ceremony tickets

How will I get my e-tickets?

You will be emailed your e-tickets approximately two weeks before your graduation ceremony.

Please note the confirmation email you receive after registering is not your e-ticket.

E-tickets from will contain:

  • Your registration details. You will need to show this to the Graduation Team before you can collect your gown and head to the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Gown collection details.
  • Your ticket for the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Your Departmental Reception pass (if selected during registration).

If you bought Departmental Reception passes for your guests, these will be sent separately from

If you bought guest ceremony tickets, these will be sent separately from

What is the difference between guest ceremony tickets and guest Departmental Reception passes?

Guest ceremony tickets grant guests access to the graduation ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. These can be purchased via the Royal Albert Hall webpage link included in your confirmation email after registering. For further details refer to step two of the registration process. You will receive a confirmation email from the Royal Albert Hall shortly after paying as proof of purchase. E-tickets will be sent approximately two weeks before the ceremony. You do not need to purchase your own ticket to the ceremony, only those for any guests you wish to attend.

Departmental Reception passes are different, and grant access to the Departmental Receptions held at venues across the South Kensington campus. Departmental Reception passes are purchased separately from ceremony tickets, as part of step four of registration. You should receive a confirmation email from Imperial College London shortly after payment, as proof of purchase. Graduand passes are complimentary, but graduands do need to register for these through the link in step four. Guest passes cost £15 per person, and are initially limited to two per graduand. These must also be purchased in step four. Guest Departmental Reception passes will be sent approximately two weeks before the ceremony.

Can I buy extra tickets?

All Graduands are initially able to buy two guest ceremony tickets and two guest Departmental Reception passes, which can be purchased during the registration period.

If there are tickets remaining after this initial sale, we will notify all registered graduands by email of a second purchasing window, during which the remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I get a refund for guest ceremony tickets or guest Departmental Reception passes?

You can use this request form to request a refund for any purchased guest ceremony tickets or Departmental Reception passes. All refunds must be requested by 13:00 (BST) on Friday 12 April 2024, as stated in the Terms & Conditions.

Accessibility at the Royal Albert Hall

Any guests’ special requirements for the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall – including wheelchair access and sight or sound facilities – should be made by calling the Royal Albert Hall Box Office directly on +44 (0)20 7589 8212 (open 09.00 – 21.00 UK time daily).

The Royal Albert Hall website also provides information about the services and facilities available to make your visit as comfortable as possible. 

Visit the Royal Albert Hall website to read more