This guide contains the key information you need to know to get the best out of your graduation day. Congratulations and enjoy your day!

Order of ceremonies

9:30 Faculty of Medicine

13:00 Faculty of Natural Sciences

16:15 Faculty of Engineering

20:00 Deferrals from all Faculties including Centres, Postgraduate and Undergraduate Deferrals

Three steps to a successful day

Step three - arrive at the Royal Albert Hall

Arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in plenty of time for your ceremony. You should arrive at the Royal Albert Hall at least 45 minutes before the ceremony commences.

Don't forget...

• Your gown order confirmation
• Your CID number
• Photographic ID
• Registration confirmation email (includes a QR code to register, access the Royal Albert Hall for your ceremony and enter your departmental reception if you have registered to attend as well as your gown booking reference)
• Safety pin to hold your hood in place
• To arrive in your allocated registration slot

Please arrive at Imperial at least 90 minutes before your ceremony to ensure that you have enough time to collect your gown and your envelope. You will not be able to participate in the ceremony without your gown and QR code. Late arrivals might be refused entry to the hall.


Registration QR Code

Your registration confirmation email contains a QR code for you to complete registration on the day of your ceremony and to use as your ticket to enter the Royal Albert Hall. The QR code will be sent two weeks before your ceremony and can be found within the body of the email and the attachment. If you have purchased passes to your departmental reception, you can use this QR code to enter the reception as well. The email address to search your mailbox for the e-tickets is:

Royal Albert Hall e-ticket for guests

Guest e-tickets are sent by email two weeks before Graduation Day. The team at door 12 at the Royal Albert Hall can help with questions about e-tickets. The email address to search your mailbox for the guest e-tickets is:

Arrive for your ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

You should arrive at the Royal Albert Hall with your e-ticket and gown at least 45 minutes before your ceremony starts. Please note the Royal Albert Hall reserves the right to search bags, so please be prepared for your bags to be checked when you enter the Hall. To avoid delays, please do not bring large bags to graduation.

Ceremony guidance

Dress code

Graduation is a formal occasion. You should be dressed smartly and you are welcome to wear traditional or national dress. Shorts, jeans and trainers are not appropriate for graduands or guests.

Attend your department’s reception

Passes for department receptions are purchased in advance. Department receptions will start shortly after your ceremony ends and will take place across the South Kensington Campus. Please note that you cannot purchase departmental reception passes on Graduation Day. Find your departmental reception venue!

Important information

Out of respect to all graduands and for the enjoyment of all of our guests, we ask that you remain in the hall until the entire ceremony has concluded. Use of mobile phones and flash photography Flash photography and selfies on stage inside the Royal Albert Hall is not permitted.

Ceremony live streaming

Family and friends who can’t attend your ceremony can watch you graduate on our live-stream on our website:

Arriving late

If you arrive after registration has closed for your ceremony, please make your way to the Information Desk in the Junior Common Room, Sherfield Building, and a member of the team will be able to assist.

After your ceremony


Photography will be available in level 0, Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus between 07.00–22.00. You can visit photography at any time throughout the day, so remember to leave enough time to get to your ceremony or department reception.  Please return your gowns to the Huxley Building foyer, by 22.00. 

Photo opportunities

There are plenty of photo opportunities around the campus on the day, which can be used as perfect backdrops for your own personal photographic memories, including:

Photo opportunityLocation
Graduation flower wall College Main Entrance
Imperial College Letters Dalby Court
Queens Tower Queens Lawn
Queens Tower Lions Queens Lawn
Imperial College Mascots outside the Royal Albert Hall


Find the perfect Imperial souvenir

Imperial merchandise will be available to buy on Level 2 of the Sherfield Building from 08.00 until 17.00 and at the Royal Albert Hall by Door 6.

Make the most out of being an Imperial alumnus

As an alumnus, you can access a wide range of exclusive services and benefits, including careers support and networking opportunities, membership of Imperial libraries and the chance to keep in touch at events around the world. Visit the alumni stands in the level one foyer, Sherfield Building on Graduation Day to collect your graduation pin.

Share your day

Use #OurImperial to share your photos and memories of your graduation.