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On the day

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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. All students must have a pre-booked graduand ticket and they will not be able to take part in the ceremony without it. 

On the day

Step 1. Ticket Collection - People’s Palace
Ticket collection opens 1.5 hours before the start of the ceremony.

Step 2. Gown Collection and Photography - Graduate Centre
Gown Collection and Photography open 1.5 hours before the start of the ceremony.

Step 3. Graduation Ceremony - Great Hall, People’s Palace
Please arrive at the Great Hall 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Step 4. Reception - Octagon, Queens’ Building
The reception will last for approximately 1 hour after the ceremony finishes.

Step 5. Gown Return - Graduate Centre
Please return your gown after your reception finishes.

Also don't forget to:

  • Collect your Alumni card and learn about Alumni benefits.
    Graduation is your first Alumni event and you will be able to join our Alumni network on the day. For more details please visit the following page. 
  • Purchase a souvenir.
    'Campus Clothing' will be offering a great range of souvenirs and memorabilia on the day, many of which can be instantly personalised.
  • Take Part in our photo competition.
    Capitalise on your big day to receive all likes and retweets you ever wanted while taking part in our competition with #QMULGrad. 
  • Soak up the celebratory atmosphere in the Queen Mary Winter Garden.  
    Practice your hat-throwing skills on the Front Lawn while sipping winter-warmers from the nearby bar. 

Other info

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 and 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.

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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