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Getting ready for Graduation

Registration and eligibility

You are not eligible to attend your Graduation ceremony if:

  • You have been unsuccessful in your assessments
  • You are in debt to the University for unpaid tuition fees

If you are subject to an investigation for misconduct (either Academic Misconduct under the Academic Integrity policy or Non-Academic misconduct under the Student Code of Behaviour), you may not be invited to your Graduation ceremony. You may be invited to a later ceremony once the situation is resolved.

How to register

Registration for the July Graduation ceremonies has now closed.

If you'd like to attend, please contact the Graduation team.

If you cannot attend your ceremony due to extenuating circumstances, you must inform us. Each request is assessed on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed.

Students with outstanding debt

Students with outstanding debts for unpaid tuition fees will not be eligible to attend their designated ceremony unless payment has been made in full by 19 June 2024. In these circumstances students will not be deferred to a later round of ceremonies.

Once the deadline for this has passed – if you still haven't paid your tuition fees in full, please contact our Finance Office at +44 (0)115 848 650 or complete this enquiry form. Alternatively, you can visit this page to find out how you can pay your tuition fees in full.

In the event of a change to the Graduation ceremonies

If the Graduation Ceremony cannot take place or is delayed or the ceremony time needs to change due to events beyond the control of Nottingham Trent University, including (without limitation) fire, explosion, terrorist act (or threat of terrorist act), act of God, outbreak of communicable disease, epidemic, pandemic, civil emergencies, any Government restrictions, order, rule, regulation or action by a Government or public authority, national mourning (any member of the royal family) or as a result of any industrial action or dispute involving Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Trent University will contact you as soon as possible to let you know.  

Nottingham Trent University will not be liable for any losses direct or otherwise incurred by the graduates or their guests for delays caused by the event being cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.

Have a question?

No problem, please visit our frequently asked questions page, or alternatively, please email

Unable to attend Graduation?

If you are unable to attend or decide not to attend your Graduation ceremony, you will graduate in absentia. We will post your certificate to you after the ceremony. You will still need to register before the deadline to confirm your details for posting out your certificate.

If you have an international permanent home address, your certificate will be automatically posted via Air Mail free of charge and untracked in August 2024.

If you wish to guarantee the delivery of your certificate to an international home address, we are offering the option to purchase tracked International Courier Delivery by Sunday 28 July for a charge of £20 from our Online Store.

Find out more on our Frequently asked questions page.

Guest tickets

Registration for the July Graduation ceremonies has now closed.

If you have registered for Graduation and ordered your two guest tickets, you'll be able to view your ticket order for University Hall via the booking summary screen on your registration portal at any point leading up to your ceremony.

Please note: Babies and toddlers are required to have their own ticket to access University Hall, and an adult who holds a University Hall guest ticket must accompany them. These tickets are inclusive of the post-ceremony refreshments.

The live-streaming ticket pre-ordering will open Thursday 20 June.

This option provides guests access to our live streaming venue, where they can enjoy the ceremony in real time from University Hall. Each ticket also includes post-ceremony refreshments.

Please note: for friends and family, wherever they are in the world, the ceremonies will be available to watch online free of charge from any device on our live streaming page. However, they will not be able to enter the live streaming venue or access the post ceremonial refreshments without a live streaming ticket.

We realise your Graduation is a time for family celebrations of your achievements and children are welcome to attend. However, the Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and we do not recommend that babies and young children attend as the ceremony will include loud music and noise. We respectfully request that small children be taken outside if they become unsettled during the ceremony so as not to disturb proceedings.

Please note that ALL guests, including babies and children, need to be possession of their own ticket within University Hall. Babies and toddlers of any age are NOT permitted to sit on the lap of other guests within University Hall, this is to ensure that we comply with the venue fire regulation capacity restrictions. Students can only book up to two guest tickets during registration.

Guest tickets booked for the live streaming venue and University Hall are not interchangeable.

If you or your guests require special arrangements to be put in place for your ceremony, please let us know by completing the comments section during registration or contacting us before July 2024. This can include wheelchair accessibility, dietary requirements, vertigo, and any hearing impairments.

All graduating students will need to collect their tickets upon arrival on the day from the ticket desk, which will be located in the Newton building and open an hour and a half prior to your ceremony. We will not be posting tickets out prior to the ceremonies.

You can find further details on what to do on the day of your Graduation in the on the day section of the website.

Please note that all guest tickets are non-refundable as stated at the time of booking, with the exception of students who are no longer eligible to attend due to having to retake an assessment, in which case you will receive a refund once the ceremony has taken place. A further invitation to the next set of ceremonies will be sent to you in due course. Tickets cannot be transferred between ceremonies and you must complete the online registration process again.

Relaxed Graduation experience

NTU is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for all who work and study with us, and this includes our Graduation ceremonies.

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements with your family and friends; however, we understand that some students and guests may find attending a ceremony in University Hall overwhelming.

To make Graduation more accessible NTU are offering an alternative Graduation experience. This experience is designed for students or guests with learning difficulties, autism, social anxiety, or sensory processing difficulties, but is open to those who may find this alternative format more comfortable.

Students and their guests will be able to join the experience in our Newton building on Tuesday 9 July 2024 and enter and leave freely as needed.

There will be staff members available on the day to assist as required and chill out areas provided for anyone who may become overwhelmed.

If you have registered for Graduation and would like to change your Graduation date to the Relaxed Graduation experience or have any queries, please email

Have a question?

No problem, please visit our frequently asked questions page, or alternatively, please email

Hire your gown and hood

It is compulsory for all graduands to wear the University academic dress at their ceremony. Graduation Attire is our official gown hire company and all gowns should be hired directly through them.

Order your gown through Graduation Attire's website. Please note that  any orders placed after Friday 5 July will be charged an additional £10 per order.

Before you start your booking, please make sure you know your head circumference in centimetres plus your chest and height measurements. On your Graduation day, we recommend that you bring hair grips to secure your hat.

Please note that Graduation Attire cannot guarantee that they will have additional gowns available on the day for graduands who have not pre-ordered.

Graduation Attire and NTU logo

Gown collection and return

You will collect your gown on the day of your ceremony from the Arkwright building in room 006 and return it to the drop off point next to Cafe Newton Level 1 before the end of your Graduation day. These will be clearly signposted for you.

Did you know that 30 plastic bottles are recycled per gown?

All of our black ceremonial gowns are made from certified recycled materials, saving 30 bottles from polluting the earth with every gown made.

Not only that but if you’re graduating this year, you’ll become one of the very first people to wear one of the brand-new ceremonial gowns and hoods designed by our own NTU student!

Book your photography

Book your official Graduation photography to beat the queues and enjoy a discount.

Marston Photography

Marston Photography are NTU's official Graduation supplier. You can see all their traditional photography packages that they have available on their website.

Marston Photography can provide you with high quality Graduation photography to cherish the occasion forever. Their Graduation photography service includes an individual portrait, as well as pictures with friends and family.

We recommend that you pre-book a time slot to have your photographs taken to save time and money on the day.  Please ensure your photography booking is no less than 45 minutes before your ceremony start time to avoid being late and missing your ceremony. It is possible to book your photography session for after your ceremony too.

Visit Marston Photography's website to book  your photography.

Please ensure you have booked your photography slot before 7 July 2024.

Photography will be located in the Arkwright building.

Should you have any questions or queries regarding Graduation photography, please contact Marston Photography direct on + 44 (0)1293 82 22 11 or email

On stage photography

As you cross the stage a photograph will be taken of you with the Presiding Officer. Following your ceremony, these will be available for you to purchase from Marston Photography, in the Newton building.

Please note that no cameras or phones are permitted to be used on stage. However, your guests are welcome to take photographs from their seats.

Visa information

Instructions on what to do if you or any of your guests require a visitor visa to enter the UK for your Graduation.

Visa information for students

If you need a visa for yourself, please complete this visa letter request form before 28 June 2024 so we can produce a letter for you.

Please email if you have any enquiries.

Visa information for guests

If any of your guests require a visitor visa to enter the UK, you will need to obtain a letter of invitation.  

To obtain a letter of invitation you will need to register your attendance and reserve your two free guest tickets online first, and then complete this invitation request form before 28 June 2024.

Once we receive your request we will produce the letter(s) for you and email them to you.

If you are unsure whether you require a visa to enter the UK, please contact the International Student Support Office on

You must ensure that all guests travelling to the UK have tickets to attend the ceremony. If you have more than two guests travelling, you will need to purchase a Live Streaming ticket for each additional guest.

Please email if you have any enquiries.

Graduation communications

Missed an email about Graduation? Find copies of the emails that you should be receiving in the lead-up to your special day.
Graduation communications