University of Surrey Graduation

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University of Surrey Graduation

University of Surrey Graduation

Welcome to Graduation

University of Surrey holds two graduation ceremonies every year, in April and July.

2017 marks our 50th year anniversary.

Undergraduate Ceremonies


Undergraduate ceremonies will take place between Monday 16th – Friday 20th July 2018 in Guildford Cathedral. Invitations will be e-mailed out to students university and personal accounts in March.

Ticket bookings
Online ticket bookings will open on Monday 23rd April and close on Friday 15th June.

The ceremony schedule will appear below in due course


Postgraduate Ceremonies


The postgraduate ceremonies are 11-13 April 2018. If you are eligible to attend the Postgraduate Ceremonies, you will receive an email invitation in early December.

Online bookings open on Monday 8th January and close on Friday 2nd March.

Please take a look at the following pages for more information. These pages display the most up-to-date information. We recommend you also check our Frequently Asked Questions page

Photography and Merchandise

Before the day


Are you eligible?

If you are eligible to graduate, you will receive an invitation sent to your Surrey email address and personal email address if provided.


You are eligible to graduate if you have been awarded a postgraduate certificate, diploma or higher degree of the University or where the recommendation for the award of a degree is expected to be considered on 28 February 2018. For those being awarded a research degree, the final deadline for submission to the Research Degree Committee is 15 February 2018. If you do not expect to be awarded a higher degree until after these dates, you are not eligible to graduate in April 2018. You will receive similar information when your programme of study has been completed

Debts to the University

Please note that degrees will not be conferred if tuition debts to the University or associated Institution are outstanding by the deadline of Friday 19 January for Postgraduate students.

The name of any student owing tuition fees to the University will not be considered for the award of a degree or diploma, and therefore will not be included in the list of graduands for presentation or officially published in the Gazette of Degree Awards. In order to avoid delays in the banking system, payment by cash or by credit card is strongly recommended.

Once you have paid your debt, the system should take approximately 24 hours to update. Only once the system has processed your payments may you proceed to booking your tickets. Please note: If you attempt to do this too quickly after clearing your debt, you may fail to log into the site.

Registration & ticket purchases

You must register to attend the ceremony – If you wish to attend a ceremony and reception, you must register a place for yourself and any guests. Online bookings open on Monday 8 January. Your must register your and your guests’ attendance by Friday 2 March 2018. Failure to book a place by the closing date means that there will be no guarantee a place will be available to you.

For further information and instructions on registering and booking all tickets please see the ticket site.


Information on local hotels and Bed and Breakfast may be found on the University’s website

or by contacting the local tourist office:

Telephone: 01483 444333

Academic Dress & FAQs

You must order your robes – When you have booked to attend your ceremony and reception, you must go online and hire your robes at the Ede and Ravenscroft website.You must wear academic dress at your ceremony.

The University recommends that robes should only be hired from E&R as they are our approved graduation partner and will provide you with the appropriate academic dress.  If you arrive on the day in incorrect academic dress you may not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Gowns for University of Surrey degrees are black with the exception of Doctorate awards, which are cardinal red. All hoods incorporate a rich, royal blue damask lining with a ribbon trim according to the type of degree:

Subject Trim colour
Arts Red
Clinical Practice
(DClinPrac only)
Engineering Grey
Medicine (MD only) Burnt orange
Laws Purple
Music White brocade
Research Apricot
Science No trim
Teaching Cerise

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate hoods have a rich, royal blue damask lining with a white trim.


We recommend you book your photography package in advance. See the photography document for more information.


Commemorative T-shirts listing, on the back, the names of all graduands will be available to order from Appleseed


Attention: Please take all necessary steps outlined to ensure that your graduation goes smoothly and is a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Before the day On the day
Order tickets for yourself and your guests to attend the ceremony and celebratory reception, by going to the graduation website. Remember to bring your tickets or e-mail confirmation of your booking if you provided an overseas address.
Ensure that you do not have any tuition debts outstanding to the University.


Collect your robes from Austin Pearce Lecture Theatres 1 and 2.


Order your robe online from Ede and

Ravenscroft Ltd


Proceed to the Cathedral marquee at least 30 minutes before your ceremony.
Make provision for visitors with additional requirements, including dietary and mobility by emailing


Take your seat in the Cathedral marquee.
Go online to book photography, purchase frames, and a T-shirt (optional).


Return your robe to the robing room no later than 6pm.

             Enjoy your Graduation!