Graduation day

What to wear

Students at a Graduation CeremonyYou should hire or buy your academic dress at least 21 days before your degree ceremony.

Graduation is a formal occasion, so you should wear smart clothing beneath your gown and you should not wear jeans or trainers. Men must wear a tie and it is important to wear smart but comfortable shoes. It is also useful to wear a buttoned blouse/shirt, which will make it easier for you to attach the hood to your clothing.

If you are not wearing suitable clothing, you will not be allowed to join the student procession.

On arrival at London Road

Students at GraduationStudent ambassadors, wearing red, will be based around the London Road campus (PDF - 373KB)  to help you with any queries and to provide directions.

There will also be an Information Desk, which will be located in the refreshment marquee on the lawns at London Road.

You can go to the Information Desk to ask about:

  • ceremony tickets
  • how to find your way around campus
  • where you need to be and when
  • any other queries

Food and drink

Marquee on the lawn at London Road campus during Graduation

Refreshment marquee

Tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks, and hot and cold snacks will be on sale throughout the day from the refreshment marquee on the lawns at London Road.

Lost Property

We advise all students and guests to keep a close watch on their valuables at all times. Any items of lost property should be handed in to the Control Centre, London Road, on the day of your Graduation Ceremony.

To enquire about lost property after Graduation, please contact the Palmer Building Reception by calling 0118 378 7150 or emailing reception@reading.ac.uk.

Found property will be kept by the University for six weeks, and if unclaimed, will be donated to charity.

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