Graduation Ceremonies key information


Read below to find out more about Graduation Ceremonies at Goldsmiths

July 2018 graduation ceremonies

Summer graduation ceremonies at Goldsmiths will take place on Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, and Friday 20 July 2018. On each date there will be a 10:30am ceremony and a 2:30pm ceremony.

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 July. 

Ceremony dates and times (by department)

Graduation ceremony dates and times (by department)

You will graduate alongside fellow students from your department.

Each department has been allocated a ceremony date and time. There will be two ceremonies each day in the Great Hall on campus followed by a marquee reception on College Green for you and your guests.


Wednesday 18 July 10:30am

Media and Communications



Wednesday 18 July 2:30pm



Visual Cultures


Thursday 19 July 10:30am


English and Comparative Literature

Theatre and Performance


Thursday 19 July 2:30pm



Politics and International Relations


Friday 20 July 10:30am


Institute of Management Studies



Friday 20 July 2:30pm

Educational Studies

Social Therapeutic and Community Studies

Guest tickets

Each graduand had the option to purchase up to two guest tickets at a of cost £25/ticket. Bookings for summer graduation ceremonies closed at midday (12:00) on Friday 8 June.

Additional tickets for those who have booked to attend their graduation will be available for a limited via the online booking system from 10am on Friday 29 June until midday (12:00) on Wednesday 4 July, subject to availability.

During the above times students who have booked, but have not completed their course can obtain a refund, and students who confirmed their attendance prior to the booking system closing in June, can purchase up to two additional guest tickets.

Any remaining guest tickets will be sold on the day of the ceremony during registration. Registration will be in the Richard Hoggart Building and will open two hours before the ceremony start time. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest tickets must be collected in person by the graduate who purchased them on the day of the ceremony. Tickets collection takes place in the registration room. We do not post tickets.

Guest seats are allocated.

Guests may be seated in the Great Hall balconies or on the stage. If any of your guests has 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.

On the day of the ceremony we will sell tickets to watch a live screening of the ceremony on campus. These tickets cost £15 and include access to the post-ceremony reception. Tickets can be purchased during registration. 

Academic robe hire


All graduates are required to wear academic robes to their graduation ceremony.

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.

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. This should be done immediately after you have registered your attendance. The robing company will be set up in RHB 142/143.


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.


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.

Graduation merchandise

You can view and purchase official graduation and Goldsmiths merchandise on campus at the First Class Honours stand in the Kingsway Corridor (by rooms RHB 142/143) on the days of the ceremonies or from the Goldsmiths Students' Union shop during the year.

You can also pre-order official merchandise directly from First Class Honours.

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 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.

Single rooms are also available in our Loring Hall student accommodation. Bookings can be made via our Conference Services department using the promotional code GRADUATION0718