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Am I eligible to attend a graduation ceremony?

All students who are registered on the final year of their course will be sent an email to their University email account inviting them to register. If you have not received your invitation to a ceremony and believe you are eligible, please contact us at

You will not be eligible to attend the graduation ceremony this year if your Assessment Board determines that you have not met the requirements of a Coventry University award you intend to enrol on a further stage of your course (e.g. a top-up to honours).

If you are not accepting an award you have been offered and are continuing on your course you must inform both your Faculty Registry and Academic Registry in writing within seven days of the notification of your results. If we have not heard from you within seven days and you do not re-enrol before the enrolment deadline, your award will be conferred at the next appropriate graduation ceremony.

When will I be graduating?
  • April: All students who are awarded after November and before the end of February will graduate in April.
  • July: This graduation is specifically for overseas students, postgraduate students and research students awarded between April and July.

Can I graduate in July if I have a resit assessment?
No. Any students who have an assessment during the resit period will instead be eligible to graduate in November because resit results will not be confirmed until after the July ceremonies.

  • November: All students (that haven’t already graduated) who are awarded after April and before the end of October.
When do I have to register by?

It is important that you register your attendance for your designated ceremony via NOVA by the deadline. Unfortunately, if you miss that deadline we will not be able to accommodate any changes to your registration including your name, your correspondence address or the way you would like to receive your certificate.

  • Registration deadline for April ceremonies: 16 March 2018
  • Registration deadline for July ceremonies:16 June 2018
  • Registration deadline for November ceremonies:16 October 2018
When will I receive my degree certificate and diploma supplement? 

You will receive your degree certificate and diploma supplement at your graduation ceremony.

You cannot receive your degree certificate until your award has been legally conferred at a graduation ceremony. However, if you would like a copy of your academic transcript before the ceremony, you can print your results from SOLAR, or can purchase an academic transcript from the online store for £15. 

What happens if I cannot attend my graduation ceremony? 
  1. You may register to collect your certificate after the graduation from the Student Centre at the collection times below. Please note we are unable to accommodate collections from third parties.

    April certificates: Tuesday 24 April (10:00 - 12:00) and (14:00 - 16:00).

    July certificates: Tuesday 24 July (10:00 - 12:00) and (14:00 - 16:00).

    December certificates: Monday 3 December and Friday 7 December (10:00 - 12:00) and (14:00 - 16:00).

  2. Your certificate will be sent to your correspondence address. Once the deadline for registration has passed it may not be possible to amend the address used to post your certificate. You should allow up to an additional three weeks for delivery to a UK address, or up to six weeks for delivery to an address outside of the UK before contacting us via email: to report that your certificate has not been received.
How will my name appear on my certificate and diploma supplement?

Your name will appear exactly as it is on your student record. If your name is incorrect or you wish to add a middle name you must provide Academic Registry with a copy of your passport or birth certificate together with a driving license, to enable us to correct your name before the deadline for registration.

IMPORTANT: Please take care when registering your name because we are unable to change this in any way after the deadline for registration or once your certificate and ceremony brochure have been printed.

Contact Academic Registry:

I am not sure if I have any outstanding debt to the University: should I check?

Yes. Any student who has a financial obligation to the University will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony nor to receive their certificate, so you should rectify this at least one month before the ceremony.

Contact Finance:
+44 (0) 24 7615 2266

Can I still attend if I have an appeal in progress?

If your appeal is still in progress you will not be able to attend the Award Ceremony, as attendance will indicate agreement with the award.

Contact Academic Registry:


Where is my graduation ceremony?

All ceremonies will take place in Coventry Cathedral.

How do I order my gown? 

Gowns, hoods and hats must be ordered online via the Ede and Ravenscroft website. Note that Ede and Ravencroft have a deadline for ordering gowns of about ten days before the ceremony.

Where do I collect my tickets and hired gown from?

Tickets and hired gown should be collected from the Foundation OnCampus - Main Hall (Priory Street) on the day of your ceremony. Remember to bring some photographic ID and your gown hire receipt with you.

See our campus map on this page for directions.

What happens if I am late for my ceremony? 

If you are delayed for any reason, please telephone the Academic Registry on +44 (0) 24 7765 2200.

  • The ticket desk will close 30 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.
  • The doors to the Cathedral will close 15 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.
How many guests can I bring? 

Students who register to attend their graduation ceremony before the deadline for registration will automatically be allocated 2 guest tickets for their ceremony. We must abide by the Cathedral’s fire regulations which require every guest to be allocated a seat inside the Cathedral. Therefore any child, regardless of age, will require a ticket.

Unfortunately there are no extra tickets available for any of the ceremonies taking place this year. However all ceremonies will be streamed live on our website and shown in the Square One Cinema (inside TheHub) for those guests who do not have tickets.

Are children allowed to attend the ceremony? 

Whilst we do allow well-behaved children to attend, we advise that the ceremony is unsuitable for children under ten years of age.

Please note: any child regardless of age will require a ticket to comply with fire regulations in the Cathedral and must be accompanied by an adult guest as they will not be able to sit with a graduand.

How long does each ceremony last?

Each ceremony lasts for approximately one hour.


In the event that any or all of the Graduation ceremonies have to be cancelled, rescheduled or postponed, Coventry University cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred.

Coventry University graduation ceremonies are considered to be public events. There may be a university photographer present and by attending you give us permission to use any general crowd photos you appear in for marketing purposes.

Coventry University does not accept responsibility and expressly excludes liability to the fullest extent permitted by law for:

  • Any loss or damage to any personal property left unattended during an event organised by the university unless caused by the negligence of the university or its employees; or
  • Death or any personal injury suffered by you at a university event unless caused by the negligence of the university or its employees.