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Graduations 2022 – Preparing for your day

Image of graduation letters at the front of the ceremony

Your graduation day is an opportunity for you to celebrate the incredible accomplishments that you have all worked so hard to achieve. Explore below all you need to know about your graduation day, from what to do before the special day to the venue and what to expect on the day.

Essential planning

Travel – Remember to account for the time you’ll need to get to your ceremony, collect your tickets, pick up your gown and have any photographs taken. Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to ensure it runs smoothly.

Accommodation – When planning travel, if overnight accommodation is needed please remember to book this in advance too.

Visa assistance for your graduation ceremony – If you are unsure as to whether or not you or your guests require a visa, please see the UK Visa and Immigration website for a full list of countries that require a visa to enter the United Kingdom. See Student Services Online for more information on visas and graduation.

What should I bring with me?

Photo ID – Most importantly, remember to bring a form of photo ID with you. This can be your King’s student card, passport or photo driving licence. You will need ID in order to collect your tickets and book in on the day of your graduation ceremony.

Proof of tickets – If you have booked any guest tickets you will need to show the email with your guest e-tickets at the venue. This email does not have to be printed and can be shown on a phone or tablet.

A camera or phone – Be ready to capture the moment and memories with your friends and family (but remember to put phones into silent mode for the ceremony!)

Collecting your tickets and gown

You must bring photo ID on the day to collect your tickets and gown. Collect your ticket first and then show your student ticket and booking confirmation to collect your gown.

The ticket desk closes 40 minutes before your ceremony, so make sure to collect all tickets in time to ensure your place in the ceremony.

Photography and Filming

Official photography on the day of your ceremony will be provided by Tempest Graduation Photography between 8.30 and 17.30. We recommend that photographs are taken prior to your ceremony and there is no need to book a photography slot in advance. 

The ceremony will be filmed by Galaxy Video and will be live streamed on the day of the event here. You can purchase a DVD in advance or on the day. 

Essentials information for your guests

Additional guest tickets – If additional guest tickets are available for your ceremony they will be available on the ticket collection desk to be paid for on the day at £30 per ticket. Please pay for any additional guest tickets you require at the Ticket Desk when collecting your graduate ticket.

Can my guests take photos and videos during the ceremony? – Your guests are welcome to take photographs and videos during the graduation ceremony, but we ask that they please remain seated to avoid blocking the view of those around them.

Where should I meet my guests? – We suggest having a prearranged area to meet your guests, there will also be meeting points by the information desks at each venue. More information for each venue will follow with your invitation and final details email.

A photo of the Alumni stand at a graduation ceremony

Make sure to visit the Alumni team

The alumni team will be there on the day to welcome you to your King’s global alumni community. As a memento of the day, you can download a free personalised graduation video of you walking across the stage! Share yours on social media – Twitter (@KCLalumni) and Instagram (@kclalumni) using the hashtag #ForeverKings.

Make sure you visit the alumni stall at your ceremony to take your graduation snaps with exciting props, use their Instagrammable photo booth and get your free Reggie pin badge too! Remember to please update your details and access professional and social networking opportunities, exclusive benefits and events by signing up to King’s Connect.

Find out more about your ceremony venue

See below for further information on your ceremony venue, from travelling on the day to nearby restaurants and information on accessibility.

Royal Festival Hall as a graduation ceremony venue

The Barbican as a graduation ceremony venue

Southwark Cathedral as a graduation ceremony venue

Further information and questions

Should you have any queries regarding graduating and your graduation, please visit Student Services Online