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Frequently asked questions

Your graduation ceremony

How do I find out when my graduation ceremony is?

You can view dates and times on our website.

What time should I arrive?

Graduates should be on City Campus one and a half hours before the ceremony start time.  You can find further information on our On the Day pages.

Where should I go when I arrive?

When you arrive, make your way to our Newton building at our City campus to collect your ticket and gown. If you're not sure where that is, try MazeMap.

Where is graduation held?

You'll collect your gown and tickets from Newton building on City campus, and then your graduation ceremony will take place across the road in University Hall. Celebratory refreshments after your ceremony will also be in the Newton building. If you're not sure where to find these locations, try MazeMap.

What happens on the day?

You can find what to expect on our On the Day page.

How long will my ceremony last?

Your ceremony will last around 45 minutes. Afterwards, celebratory refreshments will be offered at the Newton building for a further hour.

What happens after the ceremony?

Graduates and guests will be invited to join us for celebratory refreshments in the Newton building.

Registering for graduation

How do I register my attendance?

When registration opens, you can book your place through the registration portal by Friday 28 October 2022.

I won't be attending the graduation ceremony, what do I do?

Let us know if you're not coming to your ceremony through the registration portal.

Guest tickets

How many guest tickets can I have?

During the registration period, you can request two free guest tickets for University Hall when registering your attendance via the registration portal.

Can I bring more guests?

We understand how important your graduation ceremony is for your loved ones. If you want to bring more than two guests, Arkwright Package tickets are available to book by from 12 November 2022 from our online store.

Arkwright Package tickets give your guests access to the live streaming venue in our Arkwright building across from University Hall, where they can watch the ceremony live streamed directly from the Hall. These tickets are unlimited and free.

Can I have another guest ticket for University Hall?

You can reserve up to two free guest tickets for University Hall when you register to attend your ceremony.

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements and we are delighted that, due to high pass rates, a significant number of students have registered their attendance for December 2022 graduation. Due to this success, unfortunately, we have no additional guest tickets available for University Hall.

We understand how important your graduation ceremony is for your loved ones, and if you wish to bring more than two guests, we can accommodate this via our unlimited Arkwright Package tickets.

Our Arkwright package tickets are available from our online store from Monday 7 November.

How do I get my tickets? 

Your tickets will be available for collection on the day of your ceremony from the registration desk at City Campus in our Newton building.

Is the seating allocated?

Graduands are allocated a seat for their ceremony to ensure that they can cross the stage and receive their certificate during the ceremony. You will be informed of your seat as you arrive and collect your tickets on the day of your ceremony.

Guest seating is not allocated, and guests are seated on a first come first basis as they arrive at university, unless you have advised us of any alternative arrangements prior to the event.

Graduation gowns and photography

How do I hire my graduation gown?

It's compulsory for all graduating students to wear University academic dress at their ceremony.

To hire or purchase your graduation gown, please visit Ede & Ravenscroft online before 13 November 2022. You can find more information on our Getting Ready for Graduation page.

Where do I collect my gown from?

Gown collection and drop-off will all be in the Newton and Arkwright buildings and will be clearly sign-posted on the day.

How do I book photography?

Marston Photography are NTU's official Graduation supplier. You can find more information on our Getting Ready for Graduation page.

I didn't book my photography in time, can I still get it on the day?

We recommend that you pre-book a time slot to have your photographs taken to save time and money on the day. However, Marston photography should be able to accommodate requests on the day.

Your certificate

When will receive my certificate?

You will be given your degree certificate on the day of your ceremony. If it is not available on the day, your certificate will be posted out to your home address following the ceremony.

I'm not attending, when will I receive my certificate? 

Degree certificates will be posted out to your home address within eight weeks of your graduation ceremony. So please make sure your contact details are up to date, so we know where to send your certificate.

Special requirements

Can you help with special requirements? 

During the registration process you can detail any requirements that you or your guests may have (for example: wheelchair user, mobility problems, blind/partially sighted or deaf/hearing impairment), and we will make every effort to help you. We will contact you to discuss the arrangements, but if you have any questions, please contact us via email on ntu.graduations@ntu.ac.uk.

Travel information

How do I get to Nottingham?

Take a look at our travel page for more information.

Where can I park?

We don't provide parking, but Nottingham has a variety of municipal car parks, as well as park and ride facilities. If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

If your car has a blue badge displayed there are several areas near to University Hall where you can park. Visit the Nottingham Parking website for details of city centre parking locations.

Alternatively, there are a number of great public transport options available to get into Nottingham, including the tram, park and ride services and trains.

Are there any hotels close by?

NTU is unable to provide accommodation, but our City campus is located in the very heart of Nottingham city centre, where you will find a number of hotels available.

International student and visitor visas

How can I get a visa letter?

If you need a visa for yourself, take a look at our Getting Ready for Graduation page for more information.

How can I invite my family/friends to attend my graduation?

If any of your guests need a visitor visa to enter the UK, you'll need to get a letter of invitation. You can find the information on our Getting Ready for Graduation page.

Contact us

You can contact our Graduation team by email at ntu.graduations@ntu.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)115 848 2255.