Our wonderful campus is the perfect backdrop for celebrating your graduation, offering you the opportunity to join two exclusive events to mark this momentous occasion.  Find out the key information that you need to book graduation tickets for you and your guests. 

To attend any part of the graduation experience you will need to pre-book online. Bookings must be made by a graduand, but you can book up to two guaranteed guest tickets as part of your booking. 

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. 

Undergraduate ceremonies in July 2023

Ticket bookings for our July 2023 ceremonies are now closed.

If you submitted a request for additional guest tickets as part of your booking then we are pleased to be able to offer all graduands the extra tickets requested. These can now be booked online before Friday 23 June 2023.

Book additional guest tickets

Didn't book reception tickets for your guests but don't want them to miss out? There is no need to worry! You can upgrade your guest tickets online now.

Upgrade your guest tickets

Wristbands for graduands 

We are proud to be able to offer graduands (students) free access to both your ceremony and the celebratory reception, but you do need to pre-book online before the deadline as entry is by wristband only. 

Your graduand wristband gives you: 

  • Your own seat at the degree conferment ceremony in Guildford Cathedral 

  • Access to our exclusive vintage circus-themed reception 

  • Delicious afternoon tea with sparkling wine, unlimited refreshments, and complimentary candy floss and pick ‘n’ mix. 

  • Brilliant photo opportunities, live entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere alongside your friends, family, and coursemates. 

You can find out more about the graduation experience on our on-the-day page.  

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. 

Tickets for your friends and family 

You are guaranteed up to two guest tickets for both the ceremony and the reception which must be booked online, but you can request additional tickets when booking if you would like to bring more guests (confirmation of additional tickets will be sent via email shortly after the booking period closes). 

Guest tickets are £25 per person* (free for under 12s) and will give your guests: 

  • Their own seat(s) to watch your big moment in Guildford Cathedral 

  • Their own entry to the exclusive vintage circus-themed reception 

  • Delicious afternoon tea with sparkling wine, unlimited refreshments, and complimentary candy floss and pick ‘n’ mix 

  • Brilliant photo opportunities and live entertainment to help you create wonderful memories and celebrate everything that you have achieved throughout your time at Surrey. 

If your guests would prefer a more informal setting to watch the ceremony or should the Cathedral become full, we are also able to offer tickets to watch the ceremony from our live streaming venue on campus.

We do not recommend bringing children under the age of 12 to the ceremony as they can find it boring.  If you do need to bring a child under 12 we do ask that should they become restless or start crying during the ceremony that you take them out of the ceremony as it can be disruptive to others.

Didn't book reception tickets for your guests? You can request an upgrade online now.

* Ticket prices have been frozen since 2013

Other guest ticket types

You also have the option to bring your guests to just the ceremony (either in the Cathedral or in the live stream venue). These tickets are free, but it means they will miss out the big celebratory reception. 

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 which you can collect on the day when you collect your wristbands

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 book parking before arriving on campus

Grad Ball 2023 

If you are looking for tickets to Grad Ball on Friday 21 July 2023 please visit Tixtu - tickets are on sale now!