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Celebration and Graduation Ceremony Guide

What you need to know about your graduation ceremony.

Pre-Ceremony Day

Check your Ulster University email for your personalised celebration and graduation itinerary.

  • If you can't attend

    Deferral requests to the next Graduation period can only be considered in the case of extenuating circumstances.

    Please contact your campus Registry Office if you want to discuss your extenuating circumstances.

  • Celebrating with your classmates

    You can attend the same event as your classmates

    Ceremonies will be arranged by Faculty and School.

    However larger schools may need to be scheduled across two ceremonies. If this is the case, we will endeavour to schedule both ceremonies on the same day.

  • Accessibility Requirements

    If you or one of your guests has any accessibility requirements or additional needs you will have the opportunity to provide details at the time of booking your tickets through the Marston Events booking system. If you wish to update your booking with an accessibility requirement, please contact Marston Events

  • Dietary Requirements

    If you or one of your guests has a dietary requirement you will have the opportunity to provide details at the time of booking your tickets through the Marston Events booking system. If you wish to update your booking with a dietary requirement, please contact Marston Events

  • Guests from overseas

    If your family members need a visa to travel to the UK, they will also need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa to visit you and attend your celebration and graduation ceremony in the UK, unless they are a non-visa national (someone who does not need a visa to come to the UK for a short visit).

  • Book your place at the ceremony

    The booking system will be open from Wednesday 13 March 2024 and will close at midnight on Wednesday 10 April 2024. Unfortunately, late requests once the booking system closes cannot be accepted so be sure to book your place in time.

  • Additional ticket sales

    Additional guest tickets will be on sale from Monday 22 April 2024 to Friday 26 April 2024, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.

  • Eligibility to attend the ceremony

    Students who are due to complete their course in June 2024 will receive an email invitation to book their place at the Summer ceremonies.

    Students who have a first sit/re-sit to take in Summer will no longer be eligible to attend the Summer Graduation ceremonies and will receive a refund for any Photography and Additional tickets purchased through Marston Events and will be invited to the Winter ceremony held in December 2024.

  • E-tickets

    tudents will receive E-Tickets from Marston Events one week before the ceremony. Please check your UU student email account as the E-Tickets will be required to gain access to the venue for your ceremony.

  • Personalised itinerary

    Students will receive a personalised itinerary email to their UU email account one week before the ceremony with important information about the Graduation day. Please check your UU student email account and contact your Campus Registry Office if you have not received this.

Ceremony Day

  • Travelling to your ceremony

    Car parking will be free of charge for up to 5 hours on both the Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry campuses on the days of ceremonies.

    Please note, if you are planning to travel to the Coleraine campus by train, University Station is currently closed while Translink completes upgrades to the rail network. Please disembark at Portrush or Coleraine Station and use onward bus travel. For the most up-to-date information on bus stops and times, visit Translink's journey planner.

    A discounted QR code for parking will be emailed to students for the Belfast ceremonies in the ICC/Waterfront Hall.

  • Check-in 2 hours before

    You must arrive 2 hours before the ceremony to allow adequate time for pre-ceremony activity:

    • Collection of your academic dress (your gown and mortarboard)
    • Photography available 2 hours before your rehearsal
  • Attend the rehearsal

    It’s essential that you attend your rehearsal. If you miss this, you will not be able to attend the ceremony

  • Your guests

    While you are busy getting prepared, guests can relax with a stroll around the venue, grab a coffee in one of the local cafes or take a seat in the designated waiting area.

    Unfortunately, guests cannot accompany students in the academic dress area, however guests are welcome to attend photography.

  • Graduation booklet

    All attendees will receive a Class of 2024 booklet with your name and award(s) listed.

Post Ceremony Activity