Education Honorary Degree Ceremony

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The event celebrates alumni achievement in education by recognising those who entered the profession after obtaining their Certificate in Education at Goldsmiths prior to 1981

The award of an Honorary Degree marks extraordinary lifetime achievements and contributions to the community and teaching profession.

Booking for the Education Honorary Degree Ceremony closed at 2pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018. We are now unable to offer refunds and consideration for receiving the Honorary Bachelor of Education (HonBEd) has closed. Under no circumstances will Goldsmiths be able to consider new registrations of interest or exceptional circumstance after this date.

Booking for additional guest tickets closed at 5pm on Monday, 3 December 2018. Please note that all additional guest tickets holders will be seated in the balcony in the Great Hall.

Read below to find out how to book, eligibility for the award and other key information.

 

Eligibility for the Honorary Bachelor of Education

The Honorary Bachelor of Education (HonBEd) is offered to those who completed a Certificate in Education from Goldsmiths prior to 1981.

The award is intended to recognise those who entered the teaching profession without having the opportunity to receive a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), which later became mandatory. Those who obtained the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) at Goldsmiths or elsewhere are not eligible for the award. Neither are those who went on to obtain the Masters of Education (M.Ed).

Those who obtained other degrees at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Goldsmiths or any university are not eligible for the award.

This is an honorary degree provided at the discretion of Goldsmiths and as part of a wider celebration of our teaching alumni from this period. It is not a formal qualification and must not be presented as such.

Please note that only those who register to collect their award in person are eligible – awards will not be made in absentia.

Date and Format

The ceremony will be held at 2pm on Thursday, 20 December 2018.

It is essential that you leave plenty of time before the ceremony commences, especially if you are collecting robes, as late-comers and their guests may not be permitted entry to the Great Hall until an appropriate time in the proceedings. We recommend you arrive at 1pm. Please note the campus will be open from 12pm.

The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall in the Richard Hoggart Building (main building) on campus followed by a marquee reception on the College Green at approximately 3.30pm. The event closes at around 5pm.

Tickets and Guests

Booking for the Education Honorary Degree Ceremony closed on Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 2pm. We are unable to offer refunds and consideration for receiving the Honorary Bachelor of Education (HonBEd) has closed.

Tickets cost £25 and you may purchase one additional guest ticket, at the same price.

Included in the price of your ticket will be a souvenir programme of the day along with entry to our post-ceremony reception where you will receive a glass of prosecco to toast your achievement and a selection of canapés.

Tickets must be collected in person on the day of the ceremony. We do not post or email tickets under any circumstances.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of four can sit on the lap of an adult and will not require their own ticket. Tickets must be purchased for children aged five and over.

Additional guest tickets

Booking for additional guest tickets closed at 5pm on Monday, 3 December 2018. Please note that all additional guest tickets holders will be seated in the balcony in the Great Hall. Tickets cost £25.

*Please note that any personal arrangements made by you for this event, including travel, accommodation or hospitality are at your own risk and will not be refunded or compensated under any circumstances.

Accessibility

If any of your guests have mobility issues or is a child under the age of 12, please advise the Development and Alumni Office at alumni (@gold.ac.uk) when you book your tickets so that suitable seats can be allocated.

Academic Robe Hire

As booking is closed, you are unable to hire a robe in advance or request a refund on your rob hire.

There will be a limited number of robes available to hire on the day of the ceremony, which means we cannot guarantee that you will be able to hire a robe. Please note that academic robe is optional and the hire charge is £45 payable to Ede & Ravenscroft.

Getting Here

Goldsmiths strongly advises that you and your guests make your way to the University using public transport*, wherever possible, on the day to avoid arriving late.

Please note that late-comers and their guests may not be permitted entry to the Great Hall until an appropriate time in the proceedings.

Please remember to check the services available via the Transport for London website

*Please note that any personal arrangements made by you for this event, including travel, accommodation or hospitality are at your own risk and will not be refunded or compensated under any circumstances.

Parking

Goldsmiths is unable to arrange or offer parking due to the limited availability of parking spaces on campus.

The only exception is if you or one of your guests holds a blue badge or has mobility issues. At the time of booking your ceremony tickets, please contact the Development and Alumni Office at alumni (@gold.ac.uk) to put in your request. 

Limited parking spaces are available on some streets surrounding the campus; however, these are seldom available and the University will not be held responsible for penalty charge notices issued to vehicles incorrectly or improperly parked on or near the campus. The nearest car parks are managed by Lewisham Council.

Heavy traffic congestion in the New Cross area is commonplace.

Hotels and Accommodation

There are several hotels* in the local area, including:

 

The Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath offers a discounted rate during ceremony week. Bookings can be made via their website or over the telephone on 02083184321. Please use the promotional code UNINC18 when booking.

Note: the rate only applies to the book now & pay later – bed and breakfast rate and the Blackheath break - 'Dinner & Breakfast Inclusive' and cannot be given in conjunction with any other discount.

*Please note that any personal arrangements made by you for this event, including travel, accommodation or hospitality are at your own risk and will not be refunded or compensated under any circumstances.

Photography

Goldsmiths employs Tempest, a professional photography company to take formal photographs of you, your family and friends in your academic robe. There is no charge for photographs to be taken; however, if you wish to purchase the photographs payment should be made directly to Tempest. Download a sample list of their 2018 prices (PDF).

There is no need to pre-book photography. A temporary photo studio will be set up in the Richard Hoggart Building (main building). You can be photographed as soon as you've got your academic robe on, either before or after your ceremony.

In addition, the Goldsmiths Communications Team will attend your ceremony and reception to capture images for our website, our social media channels and for publicity material. Our photography and recording policies are available online.

Who to contact

For questions about booking your tickets and robe hire, please contact Ede & Ravenscroft directly via their call centre: 01223 861 854.

If you have any other questions regarding the event, or unable to book your tickets via Ede & Ravenscroft, please contact the Development and Alumni Office at alumni (@gold.ac.uk) or 020 7896 2619.

On the day of the event, members of the Development and Alumni Office will be available to answer questions about your membership of the alumni community. You will also be able to find them at a stand inside the marquee.