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 do:||10:30am ceremony||1pm OR 1:30pm ceremony||3:30pm or 4:30pm 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).
Collect your gown from Marston Robing in the marquee in Library Square.
Have your photographs taken with Success Photography in the marquee in Library Square
Buy souvenirs in the foyer of the People's Palace.
|The Great Hall opens for graduands and guests to take their seats.||10.00am||12:30pm/1.00pm||3.00pm/4.00pm|
|You and your guests must be seated in the Great Hall by this time. Latecomers will not admitted.||10:15am||12:45pm/1:15pm||3:15pm/4:15pm|
|The graduation ceremony commences.||10:30am||1pm/1:30pm||3:30pm/4:30pm|
Refreshments served in the Octagon.
Collect your alumni card from the People's Palace foyer.
Return your gown to the marquee in Library Square by 6pm on the day of your Ceremony
|The Octagon drinks reception finishes.||12:30pm||3pm/3:30pm||5:30pm/6:30pm|
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.
Gentlemen should wear a suit or a shirt and tie and ladies are requested to dress smartly. 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.
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