Graduation

On the day

All ceremonies take place in the Great Hall, Mile End Campus. 

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 2 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. Celebrate your success – Geography Square and the Octagon 
Celebrate with your friends and family across campus.

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.
  • Share Your story using our hashtag #QMULGrad
    Capitalise on your big day to receive all likes and retweets you ever wanted with #QMULGrad. Twitter and Instagram posts may be featured in our social media stream on large screens around campus. 

 

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 and Ceremonies Team 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.

Certificate Collection 

For those who have chosen a Queen Mary University of London award you will receive your certificate at the ceremony, and for those who have opted for a University of London award, your certificate will be sent to you in the post from the University of London. For those students who are receiving a Queen Mary award and not attending the ceremony but wishing to collect their certificate in person, you can do so from the Student Enquiry Centre, Room CB01, Queens’ building, (Mon-Fri, 09:00-16:30) 24 hours after your ceremony has taken place. Please ensure that you bring a form of photographic identification with you, preferably your Queen Mary ID card.

Any certificates that are not collected will be posted out, after the summer ceremonies have ended, to your results address. Any student wanting a relative or friend to collect their certificate please ensure that they have a copy of an email giving them permission to do so, sent by you to them from your Queen Mary email address and your student ID number.

If you have any questions regarding collecting your certificate, please contact the Student Enquiry Centre.

Multi-Faith Space 

If you would like to use a multi-faith space during the week of graduation ceremonies, we invite graduands and their guests to use rooms LG3 and LG4  in the Queens' Building.

 

How to find the Great Hall, Mile End

Please visit the 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