University of Bath

Preparing for your graduation ceremony

Information about bringing guests, what to wear and how to get to your ceremony.

Collecting guest tickets

Each of your guests will require a ticket to enter Bath Abbey for your ceremony. Collect your guest tickets when you register at Bath Pavilion.

Children under the age of three do not require a ticket but will have to sit on the lap of one of your guests.

Learn more about getting guest tickets.

Accessibility or other arrangements for guests

Tell us if your guests have specific requirements when you register online to attend your ceremony. You can also email us.

Telling us in advance helps us to understand and plan for any additional requirements.

If you have told us about a guest with specific requirements, the ushers will have this information and be able to help you on the day.

If the requirements have changed on the day of your ceremony, tell us when you collect your guest tickets at Bath Pavilion.

Read more about the accessibility of Bath Abbey (summer ceremonies) and the Bath Assembly Rooms (winter ceremonies).

What you should wear

Your graduation ceremony is a formal occasion. You must wear academic dress during your graduation ceremony.

Academic dress works best when worn with smart clothing such as a dark suit, trousers or skirt, and a collared white shirt or blouse. Dark shoes should be worn. You may wish to wear traditional national costume or services uniform instead.

Jeans, jogging bottoms, or trainers, are not permitted.

Here are some points to think about when planning what you will wear:

• Your ceremonial hood is usually attached to a button on your shirt or blouse, or anchored under a tie. If this is unlikely to be practical, you might find it useful to bring safety pins with you to help keep the hood in place.

• If you are attending ceremonies in Bath Abbey you and your guests should avoid wearing slim-heeled shoes as there are large-holed grates in the floor.

Travelling to your graduation ceremony

Getting to Bath

Information on travelling to Bath is available on our website.

Getting to your ceremony

Car parking is free of charge on campus on the days of the graduation ceremonies. With frequent services between campus and the city centre, the bus is the easiest way to travel to your graduation ceremony.


You can book accommodation at the University by contacting the Accommodation Office

Alternatively please visit the Bath Tourist Information website for information about other possible accommodation arrangements.