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On the day

Female student reading

All ceremonies take place in the Great Hall, Mile End Campus. For a map showing the location of the venue please see - Mile End Map.

You must arrive at Mile End two hours before your ceremony is due to commence. This is to ensure you allow enough time to pick up your ceremony tickets, collect your gown and be seated in the Great Hall 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. Latecomers will not be admitted, so it is very important you allow plenty of time to travel. Please see the timetable below for more information:


What to do10.30am ceremony1.00pm ceremony1.30pm ceremony3.30pm ceremony4.30pm ceremony6.00pm ceremony

Pick up your tickets from the ‘check-in’ desk in the foyer of the People's Palace. (Please have your Student ID Card with you).

*Please note ticket collection times are subject to ceremonies running to time. You may be required to wait outside the People’s Palace if ceremonies overrun.

Collect your gown from Marston Robing 

Have your photographs taken with Success Photography 

Buy souvenirs in the foyer of the People's Palace.

The Great Hall opens for graduands and guests to take their seats.10.00am12.30pm1.00pm3.00pm4.00pm5.30pm

You and your guests must be seated in the Great Hall by this time.

Latecomers will not admitted.

The graduation ceremony commences.10.30am1.00pm1.30pm3.30pm4.30pm6.00pm

Ceremony ends.

Refreshments served in the Octagon.

Collect your alumni card 

Return your gown to Marston e by 6pm on the day of your Ceremony.

The Octagon drinks reception finishes.12.30pm3.00pm3.30pm5.30pm6.30pm8.00pm


What to wear

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and we request graduands and their guests dress appropriately. Academic dress is compulsory to attend the ceremonies.

Jeans and trainers are not acceptable forms of dress for a graduation ceremony.

Please be aware that if you do not wish to shake hands with the Principal on religious grounds when walking on stage, you should carry your graduation ceremony programme in your hand as you cross the stage and he will act appropriately.

Parking & Travel

Please note that there is no parking available at Mile End. You are strongly advised to travel by public transport and the closest underground station is Mile End (served by the Central, District or Hammersmith & City lines) or Stepney Green (served by the District or Hammersmith & City Lines). Please use the TFL website to plan your journey to Mile End in advance using the online journey planner tool.

A very limited number of disabled parking spaces are available for Blue Badge holders only. If you or a relative are a Blue Badge Holder, you should request a space when you book your graduation tickets by completing the 'Special Requirements' box. A member of the team will then contact you for further information one week before the event.

Special requirements

If you or any of your guests have any special requirements which the Events Office should be aware of, you must inform us of them when booking your tickets. There is a section in the online booking system where you can let us know of such requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Watch a video about Queen Mary graduation

If you want to see for yourself how a Queen Mary graduation day looks, please watch the short video below.


How to find the Great Hall, Mile End

Please visit the Queen Mary website to view a map showing the venue location. The full venue address is:

The Great Hall
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS

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