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Information For Guests

Graduate with guest, kissing him on the cheek

Cardiff University graduation ceremonies are proud and happy occasions for the family and friends of those graduating. The information below should answer any questions you may have regarding the ceremony itself.


Each graduate is guaranteed a maximum of two guest tickets for family or friends who wish to attend the Graduation ceremony.

We recognise that limiting guest tickets to two per graduate may cause some disappointment, but you will appreciate that the seating capacity of St David's Hall is limited. Please do not make expensive travel arrangements for guests who do not have tickets as we will not be able to accommodate them. For details on the allocation of extra tickets, please consult the graduation webpage regarding our ticket policy.

Guests from overseas

If you have an overseas home address, your tickets can be collected from City Hall on the day of your ceremony.


There are no parking facilities at St David's Hall itself. However, there are a number of city centre car parks located close to City Hall and to St David’s Hall. We recommend that graduates and guests who are parking in the city centre allow sufficient time to find a parking space.

Full details on car parks in the city centre are on the St David's Hall website.

Commemorative programmes

A printed programme will be available at St David's Hall, free of charge, to all graduates and their guests.


Guests will be advised when they can take their seats (approximately half an hour before the start of the ceremony).

"Let your parents take lots of pictures of you - you don't graduate every day!"

- 2010 Graduate

Use of video cameras

There are no restrictions to the use of video cameras outside the auditorium. However, video cameras should not be used whilst the ceremony is in progress. Your guests are expected to remain seated once the actual ceremony commences.

Roving cameras create an unwelcome distraction to other guests. Please remember that you will be among some 500 students graduating in your ceremony. Your co-operation and consideration for others will be very much appreciated.

A webcast of the ceremony will be available on this website after the event. You may also order photos, and a DVD of the ceremony. It is highly recommended that photos are ordered in advance via the Ede and Ravenscroft website or by phoning +44 (0) 1223 861854.

"The ceremony itself was well done and didn't feel unnecessarily long."

- 2010 Graduate

For people with disabilities

Should you or any of your guests have specific access requirements, or have any other needs that we could assist with, please contact the Graduation Section prior to the ceremony on +44 (0)29 2087 9000.

A passenger lift is available in St David’s Hall to carry all persons with mobility problems to Level 3. Guests using wheelchairs will be accommodated on Level 3.


We do not recommend that children are taken to the ceremony, due to the length and formal nature of proceedings.

Any child over the age of two will also require a separate guest ticket to attend.

To find out more about the venue

You can visit St David's Hall online.