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Graduation FAQs

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Am I eligible to attend a graduation ceremony?

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

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

If you are not accepting your award and are continuing on your course you must inform both your Faculty Registry and Academic Registry in writing within 7 days of the notification of your results. If we have not heard from you within 7 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 postgraduate, research and overseas students. Only students who register for the July graduation will have their awards conferred at these ceremonies. 
  • November: All students (that haven’t already graduated) who are awarded after April and before the end of October.

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.

When will I receive my degree certificate and diploma supplement? 

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

For legal reasons you cannot receive your degree certificate until your award has been formally 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 at a cost of £15. 

What happens if I cannot attend my graduation ceremony? 

Your certificate will be sent to your correspondence address within 3 weeks of the graduation ceremony. Please allow up to an additional 2 weeks for delivery to a UK address, or up to an additional 3 weeks for delivery to an address outside of the UK before contacting us via to report that your certificate has not been received.

Alternatively you may register to collect your certificate after the graduation if you are not attending the ceremony. Please bring photo identification with you upon collection.

How will my name be printed on my certificate and diploma supplement?

Your name will be printed as recorded on the University’s Student Database. 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 and 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 once your certificate and ceremony brochure has been printed.

Contact Academic Registry:

When do I have to register by?

It is important that you register your attendance for your designated ceremony via NOVA by the deadline given on the website.

  • Registration deadline for April ceremonies: mid-March
  • Registration deadline for July ceremonies:  mid-June
  • Registration deadline for November ceremonies: mid-October

Unfortunately, if you miss that deadline we might not be able to accommodate your late registration. 

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.

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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 10 days before the ceremony.

Where do I collect my tickets and hired gown from?

Tickets and hired gown should be collected from the Old Refectory in Priory Hall on the day of your ceremony. Please bring some photographic ID and your gown hire receipt with you.

Please note: Access to Priory Hall will be restricted to Graduands only. Please arrange to join your guests away from this building to avoid congestion. 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 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. If any additional tickets become available we will announce the availability on the schedule page of our website after the deadline for registration.

All ceremonies will be streamed live on our website and will also be shown live on screens in the Square One area of the Hub, which is on the University Campus opposite the cathedral, for any guests who do not have tickets for the ceremony. 

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 10 years of age. If a child does attend as a guest, please ensure that they are accompanied by another adult as they will not be allowed to sit with a graduand.

Please note: any child regardless of age will require a ticket to comply with fire regulations in the Cathedral.

How long does each ceremony last?

Each ceremony lasts for approximately one hour.