University of Bath

Registering to attend your graduation ceremony

How to register for your graduation ceremony and how to get your award certificate if you can’t come.

Eligibility to attend

Award Ceremonies are held by the University of Bath twice a year, once in the winter just before the Christmas break, and once in the summer. If you have achieved one of the following awards you are eligible to attend an award ceremony:

  • A Foundation Degree
  • A First degree, which are those called “Bachelor of …” or, for undergraduate masters’ degrees, “Master of …”, or "Master in ..."
  • A Higher degree, which are those called “Doctor of …”, and postgraduate degrees called “Masters of …”

If you have been awarded one of the following, or if your course is "validated" or "licenced" by the University of Bath, then you are not eligible to attend an Award Ceremony:

  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma

Registering to attend

You will get an email from the University inviting you to attend your award ceremony if you are a graduating student.

You can then register to attend your ceremony and tell us how many guest tickets you would like. You should do this even if you are not sure whether your studies will be complete by the ceremony.

Registration has not yet opened for the Winter 2018 Ceremonies.

Deadline for registration

The date to complete registration will be included on the invitation email.

Completing registration

Once registration is open and you have received the email, you need to:

  1. login to SAMIS
  2. access the form called ‘Graduation Ceremony’
  3. confirm that you will attend
  4. confirm the correct name to appear on your degree certificate
  5. tell us how many guest tickets you would like (max. 2 per student)
  6. tell us if you or your guests have any special requirements for the day
  7. tell us if you would like to go into the draw for extra guest tickets

You can change your details anytime until the deadline.

Declaring that you won’t attend

Use SAMIS to tell us that you will not attend your ceremony and tell us how you would like to receive your degree certificate.

You need to:

  1. login to SAMIS
  2. access the form called ‘Graduation Ceremony’
  3. confirm that you will not attend
  4. confirm the correct name to appear on your degree certificate
  5. tell us how you would like to receive your degree certificate

Deferring attendance to a future ceremony

You are only eligible to attend the ceremony immediately after your award has been approved. You cannot choose which time of year you graduate.

If you can demonstrate that you have an exceptional circumstance that means you cannot attend your ceremony, you can make a request to defer to a future ceremony. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. A place at a future ceremony is not guaranteed.