Graduation dates

The winter graduation ceremonies for 2016 will take place on:

Thursday 8 December

Friday 9 December

You can view the Ceremony List.

Please check and update your contact details on the RISISweb portal.

You can read the information sheet prior to registering for graduation.

Find out everything you need to know about attending Graduation:

Essential Information Booklet 2016.

Timetable for the day


Familiarise yourself with the map of the London Road campus

On the day


Graduation ceremonies take place on the London Road campus

View the graduation map here. (PDF - 351KB)

The London Road campus, exterior.

This was the original home of the University. It was donated by the local Palmer family, of the famous biscuit manufacturer Huntley & Palmers, in 1904.

The ceremonies are held in the Great Hall, and various other buildings around campus are used during Degree Days. There is wheelchair access to the buildings and marquees that you may wish to enter at London Road.


Travel and Parking Information


Detailed instructions are available about how to find the University, whether you are travelling by car, rail or coach, or from Heathrow or Gatwick airport.

Click here for information on how to travel to the University.

Those travelling on public transport should go directly to the London Road campus, and should arrive at least an hour before the ceremony start time.  

Free Parking on Whiteknights

Graduands and their guests will be able to park for free on the Whiteknights campus and take the free shuttle bus to London Road campus. If you are driving you should arrive at Whiteknights campus at least 90 mins to 2 hours before the ceremony is due to begin to allow time to get to the London Road campus. You will need to make allowances for heavy traffic in the town centre.

Please follow the AA signs for the Queen's Drive entrance on the Shinfield Road where Security Officers will direct you to a car park. Toilet facilities will be available at Whiteknights.

Free shuttle bus from Whiteknights to the London Road campus

A free shuttle bus service will operate between the Whiteknights car parks and London Road throughout the day. Buses will drop passengers by the Acacia Road car park on Redlands Road.

Parking for graduands and guests with disabilities or mobility difficulties

If you would like to enquire about blue badge holder parking arrangements or if you have any other concerns about parking please email

Travelling by public transport

You can also get to London Road by bus, including if you are arriving by train. Please see our bus travel guide for more information.


London Road site

A marquee is erected on the lawns at London Road, where hot and cold drinks and snacks are available to purchase. Marquee on the lawn at London Road campus during Graduation


There are many bars and restaurants in the town centre, which is a ten minute walk from the London Road campus.

Buses run every ten minutes between the town centre and Whiteknights campus.


Further information on hotels in the local area, prices and discounts available for graduands and their families can be found here:

The Graduation ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

Each ceremony lasts approximately one hour. Guests should stay in their seats throughout the ceremony and should avoid taking photographs and video recording inside the Hall, as this can cause disruption.

As space is limited in the Great Hall, it may not be possible to take large items such as prams inside. If guests arrive late or do not have tickets, they will only be admitted if space permits and at the discretion of the Chief Hall Marshal.


Guests with tickets for the Great Hall should make their way to the north doors of the Great Hall at least ten minutes before the start of the ceremony. Guests may be asked to queue for a short time while the Hall is prepared between ceremonies. Please note a queue may form early on. Guest seating is not allocated.

Guests without tickets for the Great Hall can watch the ceremony live on a large screen in the Video Relay Room in Building 22.

Special requirements

Guests with disabilities or mobility difficulties

The Great Hall is a beautiful building but, in common with many other older buildings, it was not built with wheelchairs in mind.

We try our hardest to accommodate guests with any concerns but it will always help to reassure them if arrangements are made in advance. For guests with wheelchairs, the hall is accessible but we need to remove chairs from the seating area to accommodate the wheelchair, and if your guest needs an aisle seat or a seat near doorways for medical reasons, we can reserve appropriate seating.

Please email if possible before Friday 6 May to make arrangements. We may not be able to accommodate requests received after Friday 17 June.

Guests with Children

It is worth noting that Graduation is not a child friendly event: the ceremony is solemn with some longer speeches.

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket for the Great Hall provided they sit on an adult's lap. Children under the age of 16 should not be left unsupervised in the Video Relay Room.

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