Frequently asked questions
Imperial usually holds two graduation ceremonies each year: Commemoration Day for undergraduates in October and Postgraduate Graduation in May.
Please see some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Eligibility / Certificates
Who is eligible to attend graduation?
Commemoration Day, 19 October 2022
Undergraduate students whose award has been conferred between 1 October 2021 and 1 September 2022, and do not have a Financial Hold (outstanding debts on tuition fees).
In general, students whose awards are conferred after the 1 September will be invited to graduate the following year.
When/how will I receive my certificate?
At Imperial, there is no connection with graduation and receiving your certificate.
Certificates are normally issued three months from when a student is conferred. If you have not received your certificate or have a question, please email email@example.com.
Do I have to attend a ceremony in order to graduate?
No, your degree will still have been conferred by the College following your marks being passed by your department to Registry.
This is not impacted in any way by your attendance or non-attendance at a graduation ceremony, which is entirely optional.
Registration / Tickets
When and how can I register to attend my graduation?
Registration for Commemoration Day 2022 and Graduation Day, 20 October 2022 is now open.
Graduand entry to the ceremony and passes for the department receptions are complimentary but you must register to secure your place.
What if I am unable to attend?
Graduands may choose to attend the ceremony in person, defer their attendance, or graduate in absentia.
Graduands unable to attend their ceremony but would like to do so in future, can choose to defer to a later ceremony. Graduands may only defer once and in most instances, will be invited to the corresponding graduation the following year.
Graduands who are unable/do not wish to attend their ceremony and would not like to attend a future ceremony may graduate in absentia, where they will not be invited to any further in-person ceremony for the same degree.
Graduands can select their preferred option by completing the registration form once it is open.
Can family and friends attend in-person?
Yes. We are pleased to confirm that guest tickets will be available for the graduation ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall and the departmental receptions which take place shortly afterwards, at venues in the South Kensington campus.
Graduands may purchase up to two guest tickets for the ceremony, in addition to two guest passes to the departmental receptions.
Guest passes to the departmental receptions cost £15 each and can be purchased in the registration portal, when you register your attendance to graduation.
Guest tickets to the ceremonies in the Royal Albert Hall cost £24.99 and must be purchased directly through the Royal Albert Hall.
Can I request additional guest tickets?
At this time, we are unable to allocate more than two tickets per graduand.
We are inviting more graduands than ever before and we want to offer everyone an equal opportunity to purchase tickets for their guests. In the event additional tickets become available we will inform graduands registered to attend at a later date, after registration has closed.
The Graduation Team will be unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets.
Do I require a visa to attend?
Please check the UK Government guidance on whether you need a visa to travel to London.
If you or your guest(s) require a visa invitation letter from Imperial College London, this can be requested in the registration portal.
Please note that we will be unable to provide letters to support applications for graduands who are yet to be awarded or registered their attendance.
Obtaining a visa might take several weeks and it is your responsibility to ensure you have completed all legal requirements before you travel.
On the day
What time is my ceremony?
Commemoration Day, Wednesday 19 October 2022
|Faculty of Engineering||10.00 (approx. duration 2.5 hours )|
|Faculty of Medicine||14.00 (approx. duration 2 hours)|
|Faculty of Natural Sciences||17.30 (approx. duration 2 hours)|
Graduation Day, Thursday 20 October 2022
|Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship, and Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication||10.00 (approx. duration 1.5 hours )|
|Imperial College Business School||13.15 (approx. duration 2.5 hours)|
|Faculty of Natural Sciences||17.00 (approx. duration 1.5 hours)|
Times and durations above may be subject to change
Can my friends and family watch my ceremony online?
Yes, we stream all of our Graduation ceremonies live here on our website and on the Imperial College London YouTube channel.
Can I bring my children?
A Guest Ceremony Ticket and Guest Reception passes (if applicable) must be purchased for any child of 2 years of age or older. Tickets are not required for children under two years of age if they do not require their own seat.
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst at the College’s South Kensington Campus and the Royal Albert Hall.
Am I required to wear academic dress?
Yes, academic dress is compulsory for all graduands attending an Imperial College London Graduation. By confirming attendance at graduation, graduands agree to wear official academic robes provided by our robing company Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd.
Please note that mortar boards are not a part of the College’s academic dress, so you will only be required to order a gown and hood.
What is the dress code?
Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and therefore smart dress is required. We also welcome traditional or national dress under your academic attire.
The College reserves the right to refuse admittance to a graduate on Graduation Day should they not be wearing academic dress supplied by Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd (or) are inappropriately dressed.
Will there be post-ceremony department receptions?
Department Receptions are held after the ceremonies at the Royal Albert Hall, at venues at the South Kensington Campus. They are an opportunity for graduands, family and academic staff to come together after the graduation ceremony to further celebrate with drinks and light refreshments.
These receptions begin shortly after your ceremony ends and are expected to last 90 minutes.
Graduand passes to the receptions are complimentary but you must select this option during registration in order to secure your place. Graduands may also purchase up to two guest passes to the department receptions. Please note that these are sold separately to the guest ceremony tickets, which grant access to the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
Will there be professional photography on the day?
Yes, professional photography will be supplied on the day by Tempest Photography, where graduands can take photos in their academic dress with family and friends.
There is no need to book an appointment and you can find information on the available photography packages ahead of the day by visiting the Tempest Photography website and selecting 'Not Graduated Yet?'
Will there be any COVID-19 prevention measures in place?
Imperial College currently adopts COVID 19 health and safety guidance as set out by the UK Government. Please visit College Guidance.
All ceremonies organised by Imperial College will see a return to original capacity at the Royal Albert Hall as well as on campus for activities such as registration, photography, and receptions.
When is my graduation?
Commemoration Day 2022 will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2022.
The College has now secured an additional ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 20 October 2022, for graduands who saw their ceremonies postponed due to the pandemic but were unable to attend a ceremony in March.
The 2023 Graduation dates are still to be confirmed but you can find out more about graduation here,
How do I keep in touch about future in-person ceremonies?
To keep in touch about future in-person ceremonies please make sure your details are update by filling in our ongoing contact and registration form.
You can contact the Graduation team by email. Our office is open from 09.00 until 17.00 Monday to Friday.
We aim to respond to emails within three working days.