Tickets and wristbands

Entry into the ceremony and reception is by wristband only.

Booking deadlines

  • If you wish to attend a postgraduate ceremony in April, you will need to book online between 6 January 2020 and 1 March 2020.
  • If you wish to attend an undergraduate ceremony in July, you will need to book online between 27 April 2020 and 21 June 2020.

Failure to book a place by the closing dates means there is no guarantee that a place will be available to you.

Book your place

In order to book a place for you and your guests to attend your ceremony you will need to visit our online ticket booking websitePlease note wristbands are sold to graduands only.

Due to limited space, we can only guarantee two guest tickets or wristbands.  Wristbands with your seat number on are issued to all graduands and to those guests who have reserved seats.  All other guests are issued with a plain wristband.

Entry to the ceremony and reception is by wristband only.

All graduand wristbands are free of charge. All guest wristbands are £25 each. Under 16 wristbands are free but do count as part of your guaranteed two guests.

This charge includes:

  • Parking provision
  • Attendance to the ceremony
  • Attendance at the celebratory reception including drinks and a buffet

Please note: You can't book your place at graduation if you have any outstanding tuition fees. Please check our eligibility guidance for more information.

Mobility and dietary requirements

Disabled, elderly and small children

The route from the University to the Cathedral involves climbing a lot of steps and is very steep. Entrance to the Cathedral is via a series of ramps. If you or a guest in your party are in a wheelchair, have difficulty in negotiating steps or might find the climb from campus to the Cathedral particularly strenuous or difficult, please select the appropriate drop down box when making your booking. We will then provide you with a cathedral car parking permit.

If any member of your party is a blue badge holder, please let the Exams and Graduation team know as we will provide you with a cathedral car parking permit to accompany your blue badge. There are a number of disabled parking bays at the Cathedral which are available for those with a blue badge. This enables us to monitor the amount of parking required each day.

If you have any queries or concerns about access to the Cathedral do please contact the Exams and Graduation team.

Dietary requirements

When making your booking, please select your dietary requirements from the drop down menu. If your dietary requirements are not listed then please select the ‘other’ option and email with your dietary requirements.

Parking permits

If you are coming to graduation by car you will need a parking permit to park in the main university car park. Please make sure you request sufficient parking permits at the time of booking. You will need one permit per car.

There is limited parking at the Cathedral but it is reserved for those who have mobility issues, need wheelchair access or have a small child in their party. If you have requested this for one of the above reasons you will be provided with a parking permit for the Cathedral car park and the main university campus.

If you want to add or remove guests from your booking, book an extra parking permit or change the address the tickets or wristbands will be posted to, students can go back into their account on the online store and change their booking.

This can be done up until Sunday 1 March for postgraduates or Sunday 21 June for undergraduates when the online store will close for graduation bookings.

If you do this, please click update or update details or continue on each page as you move along. If you don’t do this, changes will not be made to your booking.

If you need to change your booking after the closing date, please email

We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets or wristbands available to purchase on the day if your ceremony is already fully booked, as they will only be made available if other guests do not turn up.

If your ceremony is not fully booked, a limited number will be made available on the day on a first-come first-served basis. These can be purchased from the Information Point in the Austin Pearce building from 8am.

Payment will be cash only. Please be aware there will be no facility to purchase tickets or wristbands from inside the Cathedral.

If the ceremony is full, reception only tickets or wristbands will be made available through our online store until the closing date to book additional tickets or wristbands has passed.

Alternatively, there will be a limited number of reception tickets and wristbands available to purchase at the entrance to the reception. Exact money only, no cards.

Tickets and wristbands will be sold at the same price as graduation tickets and wristbands and your guest may use a live streaming ticket to watch the ceremony from the Bellairs Theatre, Ivy Arts Centre.

If you have lost them ahead of your ceremony please contact

If you have lost your tickets or wristbands or left them at home on the day, please collect your robe from the Austin Pearce lecture theatres as normal and make your way to the Cathedral for your ceremony.

When you arrive at the Cathedral, please inform those on the door that you have not got your tickets/wristbands and they will direct you to a helpdesk where replacement tickets or wristbands will be issued. Please do not go to the Cathedral offices as they will be unable to help you.