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Ceremonies 2022

It is our intention that in-person graduation ceremonies will take place in July 2022. These ceremonies will celebrate the achievements of our postgraduates and undergraduates who completed their course in 2020, 2021 or are due to graduate in 2022.

Read the announcement Iconic home of Welsh rugby to host Cardiff University graduations made by our Vice-Chancellor.

We have outlined our plans for these ceremonies below and will add further information to these pages as soon as it becomes available - please keep checking back.

Given the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic we recommend that you do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements for these ceremonies until invitations have been issued.

Dates and venue

All ceremonies will take place between 20 and 22 July 2022:
Class of 2022Wednesday 20 July 2022
Class of 2020*Thursday 21 July 2022
Class of 2021Friday 22 July 2022

* If you were awarded your degree between August 2019 and July 2020 you will graduate as the Class of 2020.

The Principality Stadium in Cardiff will play host to this year’s celebrations. The stadium is an iconic landmark in the city, you will have seen and may have visited for sporting events, concerts and/or Varsity.

The ceremony timings will be confirmed in your invitation email.

During your day you will also be invited to visit our Graduation Gardens, receptions on the lawns of the University’s Main Building, as well as the opportunity to have professional photographs.

Your invitation

Invitations are expected to be sent to the 2020 and 2021 cohorts in early 2022. Our 2022 graduates will receive their invitation in Spring 2022.

If you have graduated from an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree in 2020, 2021 or 2022 you will be given the option to attend both of your ceremonies or choose one.

It will be free for graduates to attend their ceremony. However, we are unable to provide financial support towards travel or accommodation.

As with previous years, graduates will receive two free tickets for family or friends to attend. However, given the size and scale of this event and in line with previous ceremonies we will be charging for any additional tickets. The price of additional ceremony tickets is yet to be confirmed.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date: graduates update via Alumni, current students update via SIMS.

Inviting your friends and family

All graduates will receive two free tickets to invite their friends and family to join them on the day. Additional tickets can be purchased during the registration process. Further details of how to register will be provided shortly.

Bookings and seat allocation

Graduates will be seated together, away from their friends and family, in the main bowl of the stadium.

Guest seats will be allocated seats at the time of the booking via the stadium booking system - we will add the link here when it is available. We recommend that you book all the seats you require in the same booking. If you decide to purchase additional seats at a later day, they will not be located in the same place as your original tickets.

Unable to attend in-person

If graduates, friends, or family are unable to attend the in-person graduation ceremonies, you will be able to watch the live streaming via YouTube and Weibo.

Hiring gowns and photography

Ede and Ravenscroft are the University’s supplier of academic gowns and photography for Graduation 2022. We will provide further details on how to order gowns and photography in due course.

Changes to arrangements

Should coronavirus (or any other unforeseen circumstances) compromise the safety of our graduates and their supporters at these ceremonies, we will carefully review the situation, follow advice from the various authorities and partners and communicate our plans with you as quickly as possible.

We and the venue will notify you of the safety measures for these ceremonies closer the event – these will reflect Welsh Government Guidance at that time.

Given the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic we recommend that you do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements for these ceremonies until invitations have been issued.

Planning and costs

Given the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly on our graduation ceremonies we quickly pivoted to online virtual celebrations so that we could mark students' achievements whilst adhering to government guidance and keeping our all those involved safe.

In 2020 and 2021, we gave a commitment to hold in-person ceremonies when it was safe to do so, and we hope that July 2022 will remain a safe time to do this.

The uncertainty around coronavirus (COVID-19) and possible continued social distancing measures demands a venue that can accommodate three cohorts of graduates. Our usual venue – St David’s Hall – cannot accommodate an event of this size and scale.