Graduands and their families at BNU concourse from above

Graduation FAQs

Graduation FAQs

How will I find out about all the information I need such as gown hire and photography?


All necessary information and links to the ticket booking system and external suppliers will be provided on our website once you have received your invitation.

Who can I contact if I have a question about graduation?


You can email us with any questions at

Where are the ceremonies held?


Registration, to collect your tickets & gown prior to the ceremony and post ceremony hospitality will take place at the High Wycombe campus.

The ceremony itself takes place at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe – which is across the road from the Campus.

How long will the ceremony last?


Approximately one hour.

Is there any parking?


There is no parking on campus but there are several public car parks nearby.

When do I receive my certificate?


This will be posted out to you either in advance of the ceremony or after it, depending on the date your award is made. No certificates are handed out at graduation.

Registration and Attendance
Me and/or my guests I live overseas and require a Visa to visit the UK, how do I get a letter? 


We can only issue the required letter once we have a confirmed booking for you or your guests. Therefore, we cannot issue the letter until we officially open for registration and ticket booking. Once you have registered yourself as attending and have booked guest tickets, you will be sent a confirmation that will contain a link to request a visa support letter.

I am not going to attend graduation so do I still need to register?


Yes. You do need to register your non-attendance as ‘in absentia’ so the University can arrange to send your certificate to you.

I don’t have my results yet; should I wait until I receive them before I register and purchase my guest tickets?


You are strongly advised to register and book your guest tickets as soon as possible. If you do not pass at the summer Boards you can apply for a refund for guest tickets booked as you will not be able to attend.

Can I attend if I have reassessment to take?


No. If you have not been made an award by the Board of Examiners you will not be able to graduate. In this event, a refund for guest tickets purchased will be made; however you must email the graduation team to request this refund. You will be invited to the next scheduled graduation event on the successful completion of your course.

Can I attend if I have an Academic Appeal in progress?


Yes. Provided that you have been made an award of the University by the Board of Examiners you can still graduate, even if you are in the process of making an academic appeal against your award.

How will I find out which day of the graduation week I am to attend?


We will let you know the exact date and time of your ceremony in due course. When you are given access to the ticket booking site it will also state the exact date and time of your ceremony. We will keep you updated with all the latest information on our website.

How do I know which ceremony I need to attend?


There is a general overview timetable showing the dates different Schools are holding their ceremony. If you don’t know which School you belong to then you can find out the date and time of your ceremony by logging into the booking system and the opening page will tell you which ceremony you have been allocated to.

How can I change my booking?


You can go back into your registration at any time to make amendments.

Ticketing Information
When will I be able to book tickets for me and my guests?


You will be contacted and officially invited to register your space and book your guest tickets. This invitation will come via e-mail and/or in the post to the home address we have on your student record. All the information will be made available on the website.

How do I register my attendance and book my guest tickets?


  To register and book your guest tickets, please visit this website.

Can I register but pay for my guest tickets later?


Yes. You need to register immediately. You can always go back into your registration at a later time to purchase your guest tickets (subject to availability).

When will I receive my tickets?


Your tickets will be given to you when you register on the day of your ceremony. We do not send out tickets in advance.

Gown Bookings and Hire
How do I order my robes, hood and hat?


Gowns can be hired from our nominated supplier, Ede & Ravenscroft. It is important to note Ede & Ravenscroft require 3 weeks’ notice to hire a gown so you need to order in plenty of time. Students arriving in inappropriate academic dress or not gowned will be unable to join the ceremony and will not be presented for their award during the ceremony.

You can visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website to hire your gown at or call 0370 242 1170.

When booking your gown please have the following details ready:

  • Height
  • Hat size (circumference of your head taken just above the ears)
  • Chest/bust measurement
  • Qualification (e.g. Foundation Degree, BA (Hons), MSc)
  • Date and time of your ceremony