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FAQs: On the day

3 December 2019

Graduation is being held at the Barbican on Silk street, London, EC2Y 8DS.

Find out how to get here.

Where do I register and collect my gown?

Registration and gown collection happens at the Barbican venue. For this reason please ensure you allow yourself enough time to prepare for the ceremony


Registration and gown collection opens 2 hours before your ceremony starts.


Please note: Registration and gown collection will close 45 minutes before your ceremony starts.

It is likely that there will be some extra security at the Barbican so please arrive early.


  • Collecting your gown

To collect your gown you will need your Ede & Ravenscroft booking reference number, which you would have received via the confirmation email.


The gown collection area will be signposted in the venue or ask a member of staff to assist you.


You will need to present your booking reference number to the Ede & Ravenscroft staff in order to collect your gown.


  • Registration

Please bring your graduation ticket confirmation email and valid photographic ID e.g. passport or driving license.


Is there parking available?

Parking is available but is limited. For parking options and any queries regarding disabled parking, please visit The Barbican.


Please visit The Barbican visitor information on travelling to the venue.


We advise that you regularly check Transport for London for updates on travel issues.

Do I need to bring ID?

Please bring your graduation confirmation email and valid photographic ID e.g. passport or driving licence.

What happens if I get there late?

If you arrive late or sit in the wrong seat we cannot guarantee that you will be admitted into the venue and/or will be able to go up on stage with the other graduates from your course to receive your degree.


If the presentation of awards part of your ceremony has finished, you will not be able to go up on stage.

Where will I and my guests be seated?

Graduands and their guests will not be seated together. Graduands will be seated in the front stalls.


Upon registration at the venue graduands will be issued with another ticket that will have your seat number on.


Your guests will be seated behind the graduands and in the balconies. Ushers will show you to your seats.

Can I buy extra tickets?

Each graduand can only be guaranteed four additional guest tickets.


If you wish to be put on a waiting list for additional guest tickets, please email from your student email account, your full name, course and and number of extra guest tickets to graduation@rave.ac.uk.


Please note: Unfortunately, we can by no means guarantee additional tickets will be available for purchase on or nearer to the day.

How long does the ceremony last?

Approximately 1.5 hours but times do vary.

What happens during the ceremony?

All guests and graduands are seated in the hall at the start of the ceremony. Ushers will direct you from your seat onto the stage.


You will each have a name card that you must hand to the member of staff on the platform.


Graduands are presented individually by name and will progress alphabetically by last name within their course.


When your name is announced you walk to the centre of the stage to shake hands with Andy Cook (Acting Vice-Chancellor), Andrew Summers (Chair of the Board of Governors), and other dignitaries.


You then cross to the exit at the far side of the stage where you will be ushered back to your seat, which might not be the same one you had before. For this reason it is important that you leave your belongings with your guests.

What happens after the ceremony?

After the ceremony you will be directed out of the hall where light refreshments will be served and the Alumni and Employability team will be there to discuss progression opportunities.


If you did not have the chance to take your graduation photographs before the ceremony you may take them now.


You can return your gown to the Ede & Ravenscroft staff when you are finished.

Will my classification be read out?

No, and it will not be printed in the programme. The only exception will be for those graduands receiving firsts or distinctions.

What should my name card say?

Your name card should have your first name and last name printed on it. We will always call out your full legal name as we have it on our records. This will also be the name printed in the programme.

Will I be sent any more information about my ceremony?

When you purchase your tickets online you will receive an digital ticket that you will need to print and bring along to the ceremony.


All information regarding the ceremony should be provided in this FAQs list.


If you have any further questions regarding your ceremony, please contact the Graduation team.

My question has not been answered by the FAQs, what can I do?

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