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Bringing guests

Information about bringing guests to graduation.

If you are graduating in person you may invite guests to attend the Ceremony. The Senate House has limited capacity and adheres to Health and Safety regulations, which necessitates a very tight quota on guest numbers. Admittance is by ticket only and we are able to issue each graduand with 2 guest tickets, free of charge.

Individual sessions are usually 30-40 minutes in length, although they can run up to an hour during General Admissions. Guests are asked to remain seated until the end of their admitted session. There is only limited shelter for those queuing to enter the Senate House; we would therefore suggest that visitors bring umbrellas in poor weather.

Photography is NOT permitted inside the Senate House and mobile phones and pagers must be switched off or muted.

Photography and Illustration Service staff are present in the Senate House yard to take photographs of you and your guests after the ceremony has taken place. Portraits are arranged at their sales stand - advanced booking is not necessary.

The dress code for guests is expected to be formal/smart due to the nature of the ceremony. No denim, logo tops or hoodies, or flip-flops etc.

Limited guest accommodation can be provided, single rooms only. For availability, please book online at

Contact details

Praelector's Secretary