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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 should have told us if your guests have specific requirements when you registered 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 will be able to help you on the day.

Read more about the accessibility of the Theatre Royal (venue for the summer ceremonies) and Bath Assembly Rooms (venue for the winter ceremonies).

Guest tickets

Read our guides Registering to attend your graduation ceremony and Getting guest tickets for your graduation award ceremony for information on how guest tickets are allocated.

  • Summer ceremonies - you'll receive your guest tickets by email in advance of the ceremony at the Theatre Royal and you'll be required to print them out and bring them with you.
  • Winter ceremonies - you'll be given your guest tickets on the day of your ceremony at the registration desk in Bath Assembly Rooms.

Tickets will be required for both venues.

Travelling to your graduation ceremony

Getting to Bath

Information on travelling to Bath is available on our Travel advice page.

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.

Other information

Use our web form to arrange a visa invitation letter, to let us know about any changes once registration for graduation has closed, and to get more information about certificates or ceremony gown hire and photography.