Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to attend a graduation ceremony?

This information is only relevant to students who may be eligible for an award from Coventry University London. Only students who have completed their full course of studies, passed all their assessments, and discharged all financial responsibilities to Coventry University London by the specified dates are eligible to attend Graduation.


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When do I need to register for my graduation ceremony?

You will be sent an invitation by the Graduation Team at Coventry University London in advance of your ceremony date. This will be sent in plenty of time for you to make your travel arrangements.

The deadline for registering will be indicated in this invitation. You must register for yourself and your guests before the deadline to be allowed to attend. 

Please note: Your final award and grade will not be confirmed until after registration for the ceremony has closed, so you must make a decision as to whether you will attend before your results are published.


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. For more information please contact the Registry team on registry@culc.coventry.ac.uk.


What happens if I am not able to attend the ceremony; can I attend a future ceremony?

If you do not wish to attend a ceremony when you receive your invite, you cannot defer to the next set of ceremonies. You are only permitted to attend the ceremony that you have been invited to.

If your plans change and you can no longer attend your ceremony, it is imperative that you inform the Graduation Team by emailing graduation@culc.coventry.ac.uk.


How do I extend my visa to attend the ceremony?

If your student visa has expired, you will require a visa to visit London. Please read this document to discover how to apply for a visitor visa for yourself and/or any guests attending the ceremony.

Please contact visahelp@culc.coventry.ac.uk for all questions about visas.


What should I wear?

The dress code for graduation is formal.


Do I need to get a gown?

All students must wear a gown to participate in the ceremony. Gowns can be rented or purchased from the Ede & Ravenscroft website.


Where do I collect my tickets?

All tickets will be available for collection from the registration desk at the Guildhall on the day of Graduation.

Please bring your student ID with you – you will need it to collect your tickets!


What happens if I am late to my ceremony?

It is compulsory for all students to arrive on time for their ceremony.  The ticket desk will close 60 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.

Any arrivals after this time will not be allowed to take part in the ceremony.


How many guests am I allowed to invite?

Each graduand is guaranteed two guest tickets, provided these are purchased by the registration deadline. This is to ensure that all graduands can bring the same number of guests to the ceremony and to make the process fair for everyone.

Additional guest tickets may be released prior to the ceremony, dependent on guest numbers. Students will be alerted to this via email.

Graduating students' tickets are FREE of charge. Guest Tickets are £25 (inc VAT) per ticket. You will be able to purchase your guest tickets on the Ede & Ravenscroft website.


Where should I meet my guests at the Graduation venue?

If you and your guests are travelling to the ceremony separately, it would be best to meet outside the venue. Please ask guests to meet you at the Guildhall Art Gallery entrance on Gresham Street.


Will I be allowed to sit with my guests?

No. Seats for graduands are allocated and labelled at the front of the Great Hall; guests are seated at the back of the hall. Graduands must sit in their allocated seats.


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 2 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.


Can I bring luggage with me?

For security reasons please only bring small bags with you since larger bags and holdalls will not be permitted.