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St George’s University of London Graduation

St George’s University of London Graduation


Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education Graduation Ceremony 2017:

Thursday 20th July, Barbican Centre

graduation.jpgYour graduation ceremony is the highlight of the academic year. It is a celebration of your hard work and commitment, so it is important to us to make it a day for you and your family and friends to remember. By following the instructions on the links at the top of this page we hope it will be a very enjoyable day.

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 will take place on Thursday 20th July 2017 at the Barbican Centre . This site includes information on booking guest tickets , photography , and gowns .

Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate students (Physiotherapy, Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Social Care and taught or research based HSCS postgraduate students) have a separate graduation ceremony which is organised by the Joint Faculty.    Students from these programmes should refer to the Joint Faculty graduation website   regarding their graduation ceremony arrangements or email for further information.

On the day


On the day

This year will be the first year that we have run two graduation ceremonies. You need to make sure you know what ceremony you are going to. Unfortunately you will not be able to switch ceremonies.


Morning ceremony (10.00am):


•  Healthcare Science

•  Physician Associates

Afternoon ceremony (2.15pm):

•  UG Biomedical Science

•  All Intercalating students

•  All postgraduate programmes (excluding Physician Associates)


The Barbican will be open to students and guests attending the morning ceremony from 8.00am. Those graduating in the afternoon will be welcome to arrive from 12.15pm. Upon arrival, you must register at the main registration desk situated on the Stalls level (Level -1) to let us know that you have arrived.

We ask you to arrive approximately 2 hours before your ceremony to allow enough time to register and collect your ticket/s then to go to robing and photography. Please be aware that robing and photography can take some time and large queues can build up, so make sure you allow sufficient time before the ceremony begins.

Students or guests arriving late will not be allowed into the Ceremony. It is your responsibility to ensure you have allowed plenty of time to arrive at the Barbican and collect your robes.

Timing of the day (subject to change)

Morning ceremony

  •  8.00am Photography and robing begins for morning ceremony.
  •  9.30am All graduands and guests are requested to be seated in the Barbican Hall.
    Photography and the Registration Desk for collecting tickets will close at 9.30am.
  •  10.00am Ceremony begins and late arrivals will not be permitted to enter.
  •  11.30am (approx.) Ceremony ends, drinks reception begins and photography resumes.
  •  2.30pm Latest time for robes to be returned. Photography ends for morning ceremony.

Afternoon ceremony

  • 12.15pm Photography and robing begins.
  •  1.45pm All graduands and guests are requested to be seated in the Barbican Hall.
    Photography and the Registration Desk for collecting tickets will close at 1.45pm.
  •  2.15pm Ceremony begins and late arrivals will not be permitted to enter.
  •  4.00pm (approx.) Ceremony ends, drinks reception begins and photography resumes.
  •  6.30pm Latest time for robes to be returned. Photography ends.



Ticket Collection

Student tickets will be available for collection from 8:00am for the morning ceremony and from 12.15pm for those graduating in the afternoon. You can collect your tickets from the main registration desk situated on the Stalls level (Level -1). Please note that students must collect their ticket; they cannot be collected by friends or family members. The collection of tickets is the only way that we can be sure that students have arrived. When collecting your tickets, you will need to show photographic ID (for example your SGUL student ID card, passport, or photographic driving licence).
You will be given an envelope with your own ticket, name card and further detailed instructions.  Please keep this envelope safe as you proceed to robing and photography as you will need these during the ceremony.

Robing on the day

Robing will take place on the Mezzanine Level. Robes should be returned to the Mezzanine. Please see the Gown Hire page for more information about robing.


Gowning will open and close as follows:


Morning ceremony – Opens at 8am, last robes must be returned by 2.30pm

Afternoon ceremony – Opens at 12.15pm, last robes must be returned by 7pm.

Photography on the day

Photography will take place in the Fountain Room. Photography will be available both before and after the Ceremonies until approximately 7pm. You will be able to pre-book your photography package before the ceremony- details about how to do this will be sent out with your invitation.

Guests are permitted to take photographs and use their own video cameras during the Ceremony, but are politely asked to avoid disturbing other guests when using this equipment. The use of tripods in the Hall is strictly prohibited.

In the Hall

The auditorium will be open from 09.30am for the morning ceremony, and from 01.45pm in the afternoon, when you and your guests will be invited to take your seats. Graduands MUST sit in the seat you have been allocated. You cannot choose where you sit, nor request to be sat next to friends. All allocations have been made in alphabetical order, according to award and this is the order in which you will be going onto the stage. St George’s staff will check that graduands are properly seated.  However, please help us by sitting in your allocated seat from the offset. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR NAME CARD WITH YOU WHEN YOU SIT DOWN. If you lose it before the ceremony starts, you must return to the main registration desk IMMEDIATELY.

The Ceremony

At the point in the ceremony when your group is next on stage, a member of staff will ask you to leave your seat and proceed to the foot of the steps leading to the stage from the right (as you face the stage).

You will walk up the steps and hand your name card to the member of Registry at the top of the steps.

After your name is announced, you will walk to the centre of the stage and shake hands with both the Principal and the Chair of Council.  You will continue across the stage and down the steps at the other side. You will then be directed either towards doors at the back of the hall or directly back to your seat. This will depend on where you are seated within the auditorium. If you are directed to exit the auditorium, you will be shown to another set of doors where you will re-enter the Hall. Please then return directly to your allocated seat.

Further instructions about this will be given once you are seated in the Hall and before the Ceremony starts.

Please note that out of respect for your fellow graduates, you must remain in the auditorium after your presentation and for the duration of the Ceremony.

At the close of the Ceremony, please rise and remain standing by your seats until the Academic Procession has left the auditorium. Graduates can then leave the auditorium.

Following the ceremony, we warmly invite graduates and their guests to a drinks reception in the Barbican foyers. We suggest you arrange a meeting point for you to reunite with your family and friends, as the Barbican will be very busy, and mobile phone coverage is limited. Graduation is a day to be enjoyed with your family and friends, and it is important for you to be able to find each other!



Further information about bringing children to the ceremony can be found on the FAQ page .


Disabled Visitors

If your guests have any special requirements for the Graduation Ceremony, please contact to inform us, to ensure we can allocate appropriate seating and ensure your guests are able to enjoy the day.
The Barbican have a very comprehensive Access Guide available online , but if you have any questions about your guests’ specific access requirements, please contact .


Make sure you visit the alumni team at their table in the main foyer  where you can update your current contact details and sign up to receive all the benefits available to you as a St George’s graduate. You will also be able to pick up some exclusive St George’s memorabilia and collect your free alumni goodie bag.

Ticket Booking


Ticket booking for the St George’s, University of London Graduation Ceremony 2017 will open on Tuesday 21 st February. Students can book tickets by visiting

You will need your student ID and surname to access the site (listed above). You will also need to enter an email address, which will act as your account log in. Please use an email address you  regularly access,  in case we need to reach you with any urgent information about your tickets. Students who intercalated and had previous attended a graduation will need to set up a new account for the ticket booking site. If you have any problems accessing the site or booking tickets, please contact as a matter of urgency.

You will be  required  to enter a phonetic spelling for your name. This is  essential  to ensure that your name is pronounced correctly during the ceremony. Please note that your  full  name will be read out, so please remember to include a phonetic spelling for any middle names you may have, as well as your first and surname.  This is applicable for all students. Please remember that while it may seem clear to you how your name should be pronounced, it may not be quite so clear to others! 

All graduating students are guaranteed four guest tickets,  providing they book before 12 th  May 2017.  After this date, we will not be able to guarantee  any guest tickets. All guest tickets are priced at £28 (inc. VAT), which covers entry to the ceremony, a commemorative programme, and a drinks reception following the event. Graduate tickets are free.

Students may also request up to four further guest tickets, which will  not  be guaranteed. These tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and  will not be confirmed any earlier than 30 th  June 2017,  once final student numbers are known. We strongly advise that guests do not make expensive travel arrangements on the assumption that they will be successful in attaining additional tickets. While every effort will be made to seat groups together, we cannot guarantee this for all parties booking additional tickets, due to the nature of the ticket allocation process.

If any members of your party have specific access requirements, please inform the graduation team as soon as possible, to ensure that we are able to allocate appropriate seating (e.g. wheelchair accessible/ minimal steps).

If you have children and would like them to attend but feel that they won’t be able to sit through the ceremony, a seating area outside the hall in the lobby area is available with TV’s providing a live stream for your guest and children to watch. Children present in the hall will need to have a ticket unless you judge them small enough to sit on your guest’s lap.


SGULgraduation2012-159.jpg Pre-order your Photographs (optional)

Success Photography is the official photographer for our Graduation Ceremony. Please visit their website to find the latest information on their packages, or to order ahead of the day.
A Success photographer will also be positioned near the stage and where possible will take a photograph of the graduand as they cross the stage which will be available from the Success Photography website after the ceremony.