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Ceremonies

On the day

Please read through the below information so that you know what to expect on the day of your ceremony. Please also visit our Directions & accessibility page for details about access, how to get there and alternative catering.

 

Arriving at the Venue

What to bring

Please remember to bring a form of photographic ID with you. You MUST present this ID in order to collect your tickets on the day of your ceremony. We do not need to see any ID for your guests.

If you are graduating at the Royal Festival Hall, your guests will need to be able to show the email with your guest e-tickets at the entrance to the hall. This email does not have to be printed but can be shown on a phone or tablet. Please forward the email on to your guests as required. 

You may also wish to bring a camera with you, although please ensure that you remain seated to avoid blocking the view of those around you.

Bulky items can be stored in the Royal Festival Hall cloakroom, but please note there is a charge of £1 per item and the cloakroom queues can get  very long.

Meeting your guests at the Royal Festival Hall

We suggest that you arrange to meet your guests on the Southbank Centre Square via Belvedere Road. There is also a meeting point at the information desk by the entrance to the venue. Please refer to the Royal Festival Hall website for further visitor information.

If any of your guests will be late please ensure that you have forwarded them the email or printed the email with their guest ticket seats. We cannot permit entry to the Hall for guests who do not have a ticket.

Ticket collection

Student ticket collection will be available for collection on the day of your ceremony, approximately two hours before your ceremony starts.

Please note that students must collect their own ticket; they cannot be collected by friends or family members. The collection of ticket is the only way that we can be sure that students have arrived. Students must present some form of photo ID, for example a KCL card, passport or photo driving licence when picking up tickets.

If you are graduating at the Royal Festival Hall, your guest tickets will have been emailed to you a few days before the ceremony. If you have not received this email one working day before your ceremony, please contact the graduation team on graduation@kcl.ac.uk.

Tickets for Royal Festival Hall ceremonies can be collected from the ticket desk on Level 1 of the Royal Festival Hall.

If you are graduating at Southwark Cathedral, you will collect your guest tickets at the same time as your student ticket.

Tickets for the Southwark Cathedral ceremonies can be collected from the Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy's Campus. 

Gown collection

Please note that you will need to bring a form of photo ID with you such as your university card, passport or driving licence in order to pick up your gown. Please have your gown booking confirmation email open and ready for inspection.

Gown collection at the Royal Festival Hall

Gowns will be available for collection on the day from the Level 2 Blue Side of the Royal Festival Hall. You must collect your tickets from the ticket desk on Level 1 first. 

Gown collection at Southwark Cathedral

Gowns will be available for collection from the Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy's campus. 

If you wish to store bulky items in the Royal Festival Hall cloakroom, please note that space is limited and there is a charge of £1 per item. We would encourage you not to bring items to store in the cloakroom if at all possible as the queue can get very long.

Photographs

Official graduation photography will be available two hours before your ceremony commences, and will be provided by Tempest Graduation Photography.

Photography locations

Royal Festival Hall ceremonies: In the Clore Ballroom, Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. 

Southwark Cathedral ceremonies: In New Hunt's House, Guy's campus.

Find out more about photography on your ceremony day on our Photography, filming and merchandise page.

Finding your seats

Once you have collected your ticket, gown and had your photographs taken, you will be able to take your seats.

Royal Festival Hall

All presentees sit in the stalls in front of the main stage and you will be presented by School within your course of study. Ushers will guide you from your seat to the stage. As you cross the stage you should pause and shake hands with the Principal/Vice-Principal and the Chair of Council. If for religious reasons you are not able to shake hands, please clasp your hands in front of you as you cross the stage.

Please pay particular attention to your seat number. You will not sit with your guests. It is extremely important that you sit in the seat allocated to you, as presentees sit in the exact order in which their names will be announced. If you are not in the correct seat your name will not be read and you will not be presented. 

Please remain in your seat throughout the ceremony except for when you are presented. 

Southwark Cathedral

Your tickets are marked presentee and guest. You will not sit with your guests during the ceremony. Students will sit to the sides of the cathedral, your seat will be marked with your name, as you come in the main entrance. Guest seating is in to the centre and in the north and south transepts. 

During the ceremony ushers will guide you from your seat to the stage. As you cross the platform you should pause and shake hands with the Principal/Vice-Principal and the Chair of Council. If for religious reasons you are not able to shake hands, please clasp your hands in front of you as you cross the stage.

It is extremely important that you sit in the seat allocated to you, as presentees sit in the exact order in which their names will be announced. If you are not in the correct seat your name will not be read and you will not be presented. 

Please remain in your seat throughout the ceremony except for when you are presented. 

The ceremony

Each ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours. There will be a reception after the ceremony for students and their guests.

Order of ceremony

Procession - music will play and the audience is asked to stand. 

Dean of Southwark Cathedral's Opening Address (Medical/Dental ceremonies only) 

Principal's Opening Address 

Presentation of Jelf Medallists (if any) 

Presentation of Gold and Silver medallists (Medical/Dental ceremonies only) 

Presentation of Students 

Presentation of King's Education Awards (if any) 

Response on behalf of the students 

Graduation Oath (Medical/Dental ceremonies only)

Address by the Dean of Faculty (Medical/Dental ceremonies only)

Presentation of Fellows (if any) 

Chairman of Council's Closing Speech 

National Anthem - the audience is asked to rise for the National Anthem 

Recession - music will play and the audience is asked to remaining standing as the platform party leaves 

Ceremony ends

Graduating with an AKC

Students who are graduating with a King's College London award, and who have completed the Associateship of King's College (AKC), will wear as part of their academic dress a black epitoge embroidered with the university's lion 'Reggie', buttoned to the left shoulder. 

The epitoge, a short streamer of black fabric that matches the fabric of the university's gowns, will be given to you to attach to your gown as you are checked before you cross the stage. The epitoge should be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft along with your gown after the ceremony is over. 

Please note that epitoges cannot be ordered through Ede & Ravenscroft. They are provided by the Graduation Office based on information from the Dean's office. Please contact the Ceremonies & Events Team should you have any queries. 

Photography

Guests are welcome to take photographs/video images during the ceremony but we ask that you remain seated to avoid blocking the view of those around you.

An official photographer will take your photo as you cross the stage. These photographs will be available for purchase immediately after the ceremony, or online after the ceremony. Please refer to our Photography page for further details. 

The reception

Royal Festival Hall:

After the ceremony you and your guests are warmly invited to attend a reception. Please make your way to the foyer areas on Level 4 where light refreshments will be served.

After the ceremony, please return your robes to Ede & Ravenscroft. 

Southwark Cathedral:

After the ceremony you and your guests are warmly invited to attend a reception. Please make your way to the Memorial Garden, Guy's Campus where light refreshments will be served.

After the ceremony, please return your robes to Ede & Ravenscroft. 

Timings

Please see below for details of the timings for the graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall and Southwark Cathedral. 

Royal Festival Hall ceremonies

11AM Ceremony 

08.30   Royal Festival Hall doors open. Ticket collection, gown collection and photography are available.

10.20   Ticket collection closes

10.30   Hall doors open

10.45   All guests and students must be seated

11.00   Ceremony begins

12.30   Ceremony ends, reception begins (approx)

13.15   Reception ends, due to a second ceremony, guests and students from the first ceremony will be asked to leave.

13.15   Gowns to be returned to Ede and Ravenscroft

 

2.30PM Ceremony

12.30   Ticket collection, gown collection and photography are available.

13.50   Ticket collection closes

14.00   Hall doors open

14.15   All guests and students must be seated

14.30   Ceremony begins

16.00   Ceremony ends, reception begins (approx)

16.45   Reception ends and gowns to be returned to Ede and Ravenscroft 

Southwark Cathedral, Dental Ceremony

10.30 – Ticket collection, Student gown collection (Henriette Raphael Function Room) and photography (G3, G4, G8, G12 and foyers New Hunt’s House) opens

13.30 – Cathedral doors open for Ceremony 

14.00 – All students and guests must be seated in Cathedral

14.15 – Ceremony begins

15.30 – Ceremony finishes (approx)

16.00 – Dental Group Photograph, Memorial Arch, Guy’s Campus

16.15 – Student Reception begins (Guy’s Campus)

17.15 – Student Reception ends

17.30 – Student gowns to be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft (Henriette Raphael Function Room) 

Southwark Cathedral, Medical Education Ceremony

08.00 – Ticket collection, Student gown collection (Henriette Raphael Function Room) and photography (G3, G4, G8, G12 and foyers New Hunt’s House) opens

09.30 – Cathedral doors open for Ceremony 1 

10.00 – All students and guests must be seated in Cathedral

10.15 – Ceremony 1

11.30 – Ceremony 1 finishes (approx)

12.00 – Medical Group Photograph Memorial Arch, Guy’s Campus

12.30 – Student Reception 1 begins (Guy’s Campus)

13.15 – Student Reception 1 ends

13.30 – Cathedral doors open for Ceremony 2 

14.00 – All students and guests must be seated in Cathedral

14.15 – Ceremony 2 

15.30 – Ceremony 2 finishes (approx)

16.00 – Student Reception 2 begins (Guy’s Campus)

17.15 – Student Reception ends

17.30 – Student gowns to be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft (Henriette Raphael Function Room) 

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