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Last updated: 15/07/2024 12:13

All you need to know about Graduation 2024 arrangements.

Your Graduation provides formal and informal opportunities for you to celebrate your incredible achievements with your guests, fellow graduates, university staff and our Honorary Fellows.

Graduation Invitations have been sent to all undergraduate final-year students and all postgraduate students (taught and research) who have had an award confirmed by the Awards and Progress Committee since July 2023. We recommend that you only attend the graduation ceremony if you have successfully completed your course.

About your day

Important information and details of what you can expect and things to consider to ensure you make the most of your day.

To be eligible to attend your Graduation ceremony, you must settle all fees and outstanding debts with the University eight weeks before your ceremony date.

Ceremonies are celebratory events where we formally recognise your achievements in the company of your fellow graduates, guests, staff, alumni and Honorary Fellows.

What you need to know about ceremonies:

  • they will be held at Utilita Arena
  • they are expected to last 1.5 hours
  • graduates and guests must arrive 30 minutes before the start time
  • it takes approximately 20-30 minutes to walk between King Edward VII Avenue (near Glamorgan Building) and Utilita Arena
  • Graduation tickets include entry to the ceremony and related school reception event
  • tickets must be shown upon entry to Utilita Arena - only guests with valid tickets will be able to enter the ceremony at their scheduled time
  • strict security checks and searches will be conducted
  • if you are bringing children, be aware that there are no childcare facilities at Utilita Arena and that prams and pushchairs are not permitted but can be stored safely before entry
  • visitors without a ticket are welcome to watch the ceremony broadcast live via YouTube, Weibo or at the Students' Union
  • automatic English subtitles generated by Google are available during the ceremony. These subtitles may include mistakes and will be corrected after the ceremony
  • YouTube and Weibo links to watch live broadcasts will be published a week before the ceremony

The Hippocratic Oath will be read in our ceremonies for Healthcare, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Optometry.

School reception events are your chance to celebrate and reminisce with fellow graduates, guests and staff.

Toast your achievements with a glass of prosecco, or soft drink whilst enjoying the bars, festival vibes and social media celebratory backdrops.

What you need to know about School reception events:

  • they are taking place in Graduation Gardens at King Edward VII Avenue (close to the Glamorgan building)
  • Graduation tickets include entry to the related school reception
  • tickets must be shown upon entry to Graduation Gardens
  • access to school receptions is permitted for one hour - please respect the time allowance to enable other graduates and their guests access
  • strict security checks and searches will be conducted

Our academic dress partners, Marston Events, will be based at the Centre for Student Life (first and second floor) for the collection and return of your academic dress.

What you need to know:

  • collection times for each school ceremony are shown in the table below
  • gowns must be returned to the Centre for Student Life on your graduation day at these times:
    • 09.30 ceremony, return by 16.00
    • 12.00 ceremony, return by 17.30
    • 15.00 ceremony, return by 19.00
    • 17.30 ceremony, return by 20.30
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips are used in all items to monitor the supply and return of items
  • graduates should attend gowning alone to help manage footfall at the Centre for Student Life
  • strict security checks and searches will be conducted

Photography and filming will be taking place throughout Graduation for promotional and archival purposes.

Audio and visual images of the ceremony are publicly available. Graduates, guests, and staff consent to this publication by participating in this event.

The photographs and recordings made are likely to appear on our website and social media.

If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed please let the photographer or videographer know at the time or contact a member of the events team.

Find out more about sharing your graduation experience.

When you enter our Graduation venues (Centre for Student Life, Utilita Arena, and Graduation Gardens), strict security checks and searches will be conducted.

We ask that you do not bring anything unless you need to. If you do need to bring a bag, only one small bag per person is permitted, and it must not be bigger than A4 size (29x21x15cm). Bags or containers larger than this size will not be permitted inside the venues. Graduation venues do not have any facilities to store bags or items that are not permitted.

The following items are not permitted at graduation venues:

  • weapons of any kind (this includes penknives/tools)
  • illegal drugs and substances, including unmarked liquid or pill medication bottles. Legally prescribed medications may be permitted if in a prescription bottle/container with a pharmacy-generated label containing the individual’s name – subject to verification via valid identification. Any other medications are considered on a case-by-case basis on site
  • flags, placards, signs, items of clothing/accessories which contain any messaging, symbols, logos which could be seen as political, prejudicial, explicit or controversial
  • alcohol, cans and bottles. Glass bottles are not permitted into the venue
  • food or drink (unless required due to a pre-existing condition which is supported with medical evidence)
  • laser pens or pointers
  • cameras (including professional cameras, tablets, camera equipment, tripods & stands, lenses & selfie sticks)
  • fireworks, fire-starters and open flames
  • audio recording equipment or noise-making devices.
  • skateboards and rollerblades, hover-boards, scooters, bicycles, and other personal motorized and non-motorized vehicles
  • non-service animals or animals not used by those with a disability.
  • unauthorized solicitation or marketing materials (e.g. handbills, flyers, stickers)
  • any item deemed to be dangerous by the designated venue/event manager
  • all unapproved unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones unless expressly authorised in accordance with LNE’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policy

We understand that Graduation is an important event, and we want you to have a great experience.

While we hope everything goes smoothly, we know that sometimes issues arise. If you need to complain about your Graduation formally, email with a completed Student Complaint form. In your email, explain your concerns and provide any relevant evidence and information.

The Student Complaints Procedure and the complaint form are on the student intranet and can be accessed anytime.

We must receive your complaint at within 28 days of your graduation ceremony. Late complaints will only be considered in exceptional situations where you can demonstrate that you could not submit a complaint within the usual 28-day period. If you cannot access the student complaint form, email to request the form.

You can contact Student Advice at the Students' Union for impartial advice and guidance on University processes, including complaints.

Dates and times

Dates and times for each ceremony, school reception event and gown collection.

Your school reception may take place before or after your ceremony, as detailed below.

Monday 15 July

SchoolCeremony start timeSchool reception start timeGown collection dates and times
Medicine Undergraduate and Postgraduate12:0014:30Sunday 14 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Monday 15 July - 07:30 to 08:30

15:0012.00Monday 15 July - 09:00 to 11:00

Tuesday 16 July

SchoolCeremony start timeSchool reception start timeGown collection dates and times
Business 1*09:3011:45Monday 15 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Tuesday 16 July - 07:30 - 08:30
Communication and Philosophy

12:0009:30Monday 15 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Tuesday 16 July - 08:30 - 09:30
Business 2*
Social Sciences
15:0012:00Tuesday 16 July - 10:30 to 13:00 
Journalism, Media, and Culture
Modern Languages
17:3015:00Tuesday 16 July - 13:00 to 15:00 

Wednesday 17 July

SchoolCeremony start timeSchool reception start timeGown collection dates and times
Physics and Astronomy
09:3013:00Tuesday 16 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 17 July - 07:30 - 08:30 
Computer Science and Informatics
12:0009:30Tuesday 16  July - 16:00 to 19:00 
Wednesday 17 - 08:30 - 09:30 
Earth and Environmental Sciences
15:0011:00Wednesday 17 July - 09:30 to 11:00 

Thursday 18 July

SchoolCeremony start timeSchool reception start timeGown collection dates and times
Healthcare Sciences 1*09:3011:45Wednesday 17 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Thursday 18 July - 07:30 - 08:30 
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

12:0014:30Thursday 18 July - 08:30 to 11:00 
Healthcare Sciences 2*
Optometry and Vision Sciences
15:0011:00Thursday 18 July - 08:30 to 11:00 

Friday 19 July

SchoolCeremony start timeSchool reception start timeGown collection dates and times
Law and Politics 1*09:3011:45
Thursday 18 July - 16:00 to 19:00
Friday 19 July  - 07:30 to 08:30
Geography and Planning

History, Archaeology and Religion
12:0014:30Friday 19 July - 08:30 to 11:00 
Law and Politics 2*
15:0011:00Friday 19 July - 08:30 to 11:00

*Two ceremonies are being held for our larger schools: Business, Healthcare Sciences, Law and Politics.

Terms and conditions

In the event that Cardiff University (‘University’) is required to cancel, amend or reschedule graduate ceremonies and events, the University will endeavour to communicate this information to students, via email and this website, with as much notice as reasonably possible.

If graduate ceremonies and events are cancelled or delayed or rescheduled (to include date, time and/or venue) due to circumstances beyond the control of the University, including (but not limited to) fire, explosion, act of terrorism (or threat of terrorist act), act of God, pandemic, national mourning (any member of the royal family), natural disaster, civil emergency or civil unrest, industrial actions or dispute involving Cardiff University, student registration exceeds our capacities or any other incident which renders the venue in which graduate ceremonies and events are due to be held as unsafe to use or any other act or event outside the control of the University, the University will not be liable for any losses direct or otherwise incurred by the graduates and their guests.

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