Graduation Ceremonies key information

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Read below to find out more about Graduation Ceremonies at Goldsmiths

December 2018 graduation ceremonies

Winter graduation ceremonies at Goldsmiths will take place on Monday 17, Tuesday 18, and Wednesday 19 December 2018. On each date there will be two graduation ceremonies.

You will graduate alongside fellow students from your department. Ceremonies will be held in the Great Hall on campus followed by a marquee reception on College Green for you and your guests.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Goldsmiths in December. 

Ceremony dates and times

The ceremony date and time for each department will be published at the end of August 2018.

Guest tickets

Each graduand has the option to purchase up to two guest tickets at a of cost £25/ticket. Booking will open in October 2018.

Tickets to watch a live screening of your ceremony on campus, which includes access to the post-ceremony reception, will be available to buy on the day, priced at £15/ticket. These cannot be pre-ordered.

Tickets cannot be purchased on behalf of another graduate.

Graduands must collect their guest tickets on the day of their ceremony in person from RHB 154. We will not release tickets to anyone other than the graduand who purchased them. We do not post or email tickets under any circumstances.  

Guests may be allocated seats in the Great Hall balconies or on the stage.

If you or any of your guests have mobility issues, or is a child under the age of 12, please advise the Graduation Team in advance so that suitable seats can be allocated.

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.

If your final academic results mean you are required to resit part of your course you will be ineligible to attend a graduation ceremony.

Academic robe hire

 

All graduands are required to wear academic robes to their graduation ceremony. These should be booked in advance.

Robes can be hired via the Ede and Ravenscroft online booking system. The cost of your robe hire is dependent on your level of study. Full details are available on the Robe Hire website. Booking will open in October 2018.

Robe hire costs are set by Ede & Ravenscroft, the official university robe hire company. All students across the country pay the same price.

If you are graduating and have not hired academic robes in advance, you must do so on the day after registering your attendance. On the day hires will be subject to an additional surcharge. Ede & Ravenscroft will be located in RHB 142/143.

Photography

Goldsmiths employs Tempest a professional photography company to take formal photographs of you, your family, friends and supporters in your academic robes. 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 your graduation day photography.

A temporary photo studio will be set up in the refectory of the Richard Hoggart Building. You can be photographed as soon as you've got your academic robes on, either before or after your ceremony.

In addition, the Goldsmiths Communications team will attend your graduation ceremony and reception to capture images for our website, our social media channels, and for publicity material.

Parking

We are unable to arrange or offer parking for graduands or guests due to the limited availability of parking spaces on campus.  

The only exception is if you or one of your guests has mobility issues or holds a blue badge. You should contact the Graduation Team using the subject line “Graduation parking request” at the time of booking your ceremony tickets.

Limited parking spaces are available on some streets surrounding the campus however these are seldom available, particularly on graduation days.

The university will not be held responsible for penalty charge notices issued to vehicles incorrectly or improperly parked on or near the campus.

Heavy traffic congestion in the New Cross area is commonplace.

Goldsmiths strongly advises that you and your guests make your way to the university using public transport, wherever possible, on your graduation day to avoid arriving late. Late-comers and their guests will not be permitted entry to the ceremonies.

Student Centre services

Our Student Centre is based in room 117 of the Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) and can offer advice and guidance on a wide variety of issues. 

The Wellbeing and Learning Support team offer an appointment-based service. To book an appointment please call the Student Centre on +44 (0)20 7919 7050 or visit in person on the day you would like to meet with the team. 

All enquiries with the Student Centre are dealt with confidentially. No conversation or enquiries will be discussed with any other person outside of the department without you having given your permission for such a disclosure. 

If you require a visa letter to attend your graduation ceremony please contact Student Services.

 

Hotels and Accommodation

There are several hotels in the local area.

The Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath offers a discounted rate for Goldsmiths graduates staying during ceremony week. 

Bookings can be made via their website www.Clarendonhotel.com 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.