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Preparing for your graduation ceremony

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

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.

Inappropriate clothing such as jeans, jogging bottoms or trainers will not be permitted.

There is no dress code for guests, however as it is a formal occasion it is customary for guests to dress smartly or in traditional national costume or service uniform.

Accessibility or other arrangements for guests

You must tell us if your guests have specific requirements when you register online to attend your ceremony.

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.

Read more about the accessibility of the Bath Assembly Rooms.

Guest tickets

You will be be given your guest tickets at the registration desk in Bath Assembly Rooms.

The Ball Room, in which the ceremonies are held, is only open to guests with tickets .

Children aged 2 or under do not require a ticket as long as they are sat on the lap of one of your guests. Children over the age of 2 require a ticket.

Learn more about getting guest tickets.

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.


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