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Commemoration Day 2017

Welcome to Imperial College London’s Graduation website. Here you will find all the information you need to help you register and prepare to attend your Graduation ceremony, as well as what to expect on the day.

Commemoration Day 2017

We currently have a tentative date of Wednesday 18 October 2017 for this year’s Commemoration Day ceremonies at the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington. 

Tentative Schedule: 

10.30: The Faculty of Engineering

13.45: The Faculty of Medicine

17.00: The Faculty of Natural Sciences

The date and schedule will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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On Graduation Day

This page contains final information for graduating students and their guests.

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 so that you can collect your gown, visit the graduation photography area and get to the Royal Albert Hall in time for your ceremony.

2. Collect your gown

More information regarding gown collection for October’s Commemoration Day ceremonies will be confirmed in due course.

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 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

If you already have your tickets, the doors open to the Royal Albert Hall 45 minutes before the start of each 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

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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. More details on where your department reception will take place will be confirmed in due course.

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