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My Graduation Ceremony

Where is Summer Graduation 2022 being held?

Our Summer Graduation is being held on our Uxbridge campus.

Both registration (where students confirm attendance and collect guest tickets), and the ceremony will be held within the IAC.

When do I need to arrive?

Graduation is held on Campus in Uxbridge. You will need to register at the IAC, so we can confirm your attendance and you can be directed to collect your gown and attend photography. We ask that you register 2 hours before the ceremony start time.

If you arrive less than 45 minutes before your ceremony, you will be too late to sit in the ceremony and process with your peers, although we will arrange for you to participate in the ceremony.

All tickets (student & guests) are to be collected in person by the student at Registration on the day of the ceremony. The doors to the theatre will be open an hour before the ceremony starts. Guests will not be permitted to enter the theatre after the ceremony has started.

What will happen during my ceremony?

When you register with the Graduation Team on the day of your ceremony (in the IAC) you will be given a ticket with your name, student ID and seat number. You will need to be in your seat 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to begin.

You should remain in your assigned seat when you enter the theatre as pre-ceremony checks, including ticket checks, will be completed by Marshals. This is to ensure that you cross the stage and receive your degree in the correct order and at the appropriate time. Once the ceremony has started, graduating students will be prompted by the Marshals when it is time to receive their award.

Students will walk across the stage, and doff to the Presiding Officers and leave the stage at the opposite side.

Ceremonies last for an average of 90 minutes however some larger ceremonies may last up to two hours. Food and drink (apart from bottled water) are not permitted in the IAC.

Is my classification read out when I cross the stage or classification listed in the printed programme?

No. Your own classification will remain private.

A students classification is not read out when students cross the stage or included within printed in the programme. 

Your name will appear, in full, in the graduation programme under the award you have received. Names are listed under the award and programme type in alphabetical order with no classifications given.

Names will be printed in the programme for all eligible awards, whether attending graduation or not. If you would like your name to be removed please email awards-alumni@brunel.ac.uk with a subject heading of 'Removal from Printed Programme'.


When do I get my certificate?

On the day you'll receive a congratulatory letter, you will then receive your certificate in the post.

If you have received your certificate before Graduation you will still cross the stage but will be handed a congratulatory letter.

Can I leave the theatre after I have crossed the stage? 

No. However, if graduating students or any of their guests need to temporarily leave the theatre for any reason, they should obtain a re-admittance pass as they leave the theatre – staff will be on duty at the exit portals to advise.

What should I do if I can't shake hands with the Presiding Officer?

Depending on current Health and Safety guidelines, the ceremony may not involve any hand shaking, instead students will doff (tip) their caps to the  Presiding Officers.

If hand shaking is taking place and you do not wish to shake hands with the Presiding Officers when you cross the stage please carry a Graduation Programme (available at Registration) in your right hand. This way the Presiding Officers will doff (tip) their mortar board (hat) to you instead of offering you their hand to shake.

What should I do if I have additional requirements during the ceremony?

Please detail any additional requirements due to disability you may have in the appropriate section of the eVision Invitation Task. You will then be contacted by a member of the Graduation Team closer to the time of your ceremony to talk through your concerns and confirm any arrangements that can be made.

What is the 'Graduation Programme'?

The Graduation Programme contains a running order for your ceremony, a list of all students (please see here for attendance eligibility) and includes information about the honorary graduates and fellows.

Names of all those who have successfully completed their programme of study will be printed in the official Graduation programme, provided they have been awarded by 24 June 2022.

These programmes are given out for free at the registration desks.

If you do not wish to be included in the printed programme please email awards-alumni@brunel.ac.uk

Where can I purchase Graduation memorabilia?

The Union of Brunel Students offer a fantastic range of memorabilia to commemorate your Graduation.

The Union Shop can be found here -  https://brunelstudents.com/shop/

Receiving your certificate

In most cases, your certificate will be issued to you during the ceremony. If you are not attending your ceremony you must complete the certificate task found in the 'my Course'>'Award' section of eVision, detailing how you wish to receive your certificate. Certificates are not dispatched automatically and only by completing the eVision task will your certificate be produced.

If you have any problems logging in to your eVision account then please contact our student centre via email; student.centre@brunel.ac.uk or by phone on; +44 (0)1895 268268 and they will be able to assist you.

Where awards are agreed much earlier than June, you may choose to receive your degree certificate prior to graduation. You can request collection or postal delivery of your certificate via the 'my Course'>'Award' section of eVision. The date this will be available will be shown on your results page. If you have already received your certificate, you will be given a letter of congratulations when you cross the stage at your ceremony.

Please note that if you do not arrive for graduation, we will not be able to post your certificate until August 2022.

Cancellation policy for events beyond our control

Although we are planning to hold this event in person, Government guidelines and social restrictions at the time may force us to cancel or change the planned event – please take this into account if you or your guests are planning to travel to the event as the University cannot be held liable for any cancellations and expenses you may incur.

The University will not be liable to you in any manner whatsoever for any failure or delay, or for the consequences of any failure or delay, in performance of any contract with you if it is due to any event beyond our reasonable control including, but not limited to:

  • strikes, lockouts or other industrial action or disputes (whether involving our workforce or any other party);
  • acts of God;
  • pandemic, quarantine or widespread illness (whether affecting our staff and/or student body or otherwise);
  • governmental requisitioning, emergency planning or provision;
  • war, protests, fire, flood, storm, tempest, explosion;
  • an actual, suspected or threatened act of terrorism;
  • riot;
  • civil commotion;
  • national emergencies;
  • breakdown of plant or machinery;
  • actions or defaults of placement providers; or
  • default of suppliers or sub-contractors

The contract between you and us is governed by English Law. You and Brunel both agree that the English and Welsh courts have jurisdiction over any disputes that may arise under this contract. However, if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are a resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

This contract is between you and Brunel, and no other third party shall be entitled to make any claim in connection with it by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

Each of the provisions above is separate and severable. Accordingly, if any court or body or authority of competent jurisdiction finds any such provision to be illegal, unlawful, void or unenforceable this will not affect the remainder of those provisions which will continue in full force and effect.

Please note that the ability to participate and view the celebration live stream on the day will depend upon a number of factors beyond the University’s control, such as the user’s browser, system and bandwidth. It is therefore impossible to guarantee that the streaming will be viewable to all.

We will update the website when further information becomes available, so be sure to check back here regularly.