Canterbury Cathedral Ceremony

Canterbury Cathedral is a magnificent setting for one of the proudest days of your life.

Preparing for the day

Essential information for the day of your Graduation is provided below:


Submit your RSVP, purchase guest tickets and confirm your attendance 

In order to attend your graduation you are required to complete an online RSVP eight weeks prior to your ceremony. Whilst completing the online RSVP you have the opportunity to purchase your allotted two guest tickets, priced at £22 per guest.

After the RSVP closing date we will calculate if any additional tickets are available for sale. Information outlining the scheduled date and time for sale of additional tickets can be found on the Your Ceremony Details and Ticket Purchase section. Tickets (if available) can be purchased by visiting the same web pages on the date of additional ticket sales.

Graduation Ceremony RSVP Confirmation email

You will receive a Graduation Ceremony RSVP confirmation email (to the email you provided in your RSVP) confirming your attendance in the week following the RSVP deadline.

 The email will include:

  • Confirmation of your ceremony time
  • Links to graduand and guest timetables and information sheets for the day (including maps of the campus and city centre and car park information)
  • Confirmation of the number of guaranteed guest tickets you have purchased in the initial period of ticket sales
  • Details of any online sales of additional guest tickets with guidance for purchasing (these are subject to availability and not guaranteed). Information outlining the scheduled date and time for sale of additional tickets can also be found on the  Your Ceremony Details and Ticket Purchase section. Tickets (if available) can be purchased by visiting the same web pages on the date of additional ticket sales.

 If you do not receive your Graduation Ceremony confirmation email in the week following the RSVP deadline please contact the i-zone, (01227 782 222)

Graduation Ceremony Final Confirmation email 

One week prior to the Graduation Ceremony you will receive a final confirmation email, you will need to bring this email with you on the day of your ceremony to collect your guest tickets at the ticket collection desk.

 The final confirmation email will include:

  • The total number of guest tickets that you have purchased – you will need to present a copy of this email at the ticket collection desk on the day of your ceremony for your guest tickets
  • Details of any guest tickets that may be available for you to purchase on the day of your ceremony (these are subject to availability and not guaranteed).

Hire your academic gown

Graduations are an important celebratory event, and our experience is they are much appreciated by our students and their guests. Part of the celebration is for all those who are taking part in the ceremony to dress appropriately. Academic dress (consisting of robe, hood and hat which together we call a ‘gown’) is mandatory for those taking part in the ceremony. A student must wear a Canterbury Christ Church University gown appropriate to the level of qualification for which they are being presented, even if the student already holds a higher qualification. National dress may be worn.

Gowns can be hired via our preferred suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft. It is important to note Ede & Ravenscroft require 3 weeks’ notice to hire a gown so order yours in plenty of time. You may source your gown from elsewhere but please note that a student arriving in inappropriate academic dress or not gowned will be unable to join the procession and will not be presented for their award during the ceremony.

Visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website here if you wish to hire your graduation gown from Ede & Ravenscroft.

On the day

Ticket and gown collection and graduand registration

On the day of your Graduation Ceremony your guest tickets will be available for you to collect from Augustine House.

Gowning, photography and ticket collection will be available from 2 hours before the start of your ceremony.

You will be advised of your seat and procession number (the number in which you will be presented for your award).

Student registration is located at the Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral and closes 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony and you must have registered for your name to be called in the ceremony.


Canterbury Cathedral graduation ceremonies start at 09:45, 12:30 and 15:15 and last approx. 1hour 15mins.   

Please refer to the timetable included with your ticket pack for specific timings for your ceremony.

Celebratory Drinks follow the ceremony in Anselm on the North Holmes Road Campus.

Getting to the venue

No parking is available on campus or at the Cathedral. Please  visit the Canterbury City Council website to find out the location of pay and display car parks and Park and Rides across the city.

View University site maps and travel information.

What to do if you are running late

If you are running slightly late you should make your way to be gowned in Augustine House (AH3.31) and head to the Cathedral as soon as possible, please note that students arriving late are not guaranteed to graduate.

In the case of emergency or for any reason you are sure to miss the ceremony do not panic. Log a call with the i-zone and we will contact you after the ceremonies regarding the option of deferral.

You are able to defer/postpone graduation and attend another event generally within a year. If you choose to defer, this can only occur once you have received your invitation. It is at the discretion of the Graduation Office as to which date you may defer to.

To update your details or request a deferral please contact i-zone on 01227 782222 or email

Graduation gowns

Gowns can be pre-ordered via the Ede & Ravenscroft website. For details of your gown, check the  Your Ceremony Details and Ticket Purchase section.

Your gown will be ready for collection on the day of the event and staff from Ede & Ravenscroft (the gowning supplier) will be available to help you dress.

Ede & Ravenscroft gowns will be available to collect from Augustine House (AH3.31)

Visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website here if you wish to hire your graduation gown


On the day of your graduation photography studios will set up in Augustine Hall and at North Holmes Road (please see timetable for more information). The studios will be available to visit both before and after the ceremony. Our photography suppliers will also be present inside the Cathedral to capture the moment you receive your award and these photos will be available to view and purchase after the ceremony. Photography packages can be pre-ordered via Ede & Ravenscroft or ordered retrospectively via Ede & Ravenscroft’s website.

Seating at the Cathedral

Students will be seated in a separate area to guests. In ticket packs sent out prior to the ceremony, students will receive a procession card indicating their seat number. Students will grouped alphabetically (surname order) by programme of study.

Guests are not allocated specific seats for ceremonies. Most of the seats in the nave of the Cathedral have a view of the presentation area, but some have a restricted view. We regret that we cannot guarantee that you will have a full view of the proceedings. We recommend you arrive well in advance of the ceremony as queues form early. Space for a wheelchair/mobility scooter should be booked in advance via the online RSVP form in order to ensure that we can accommodate your requirements. 

Children and babies

The ceremony may not be suitable for infants and young children and we therefore would recommend that children do not attend.

If you do decide to bring your children they must hold a ticket. Tickets for children under the age of 3 can be requested by emailing, children under the age of 3 must be seated on the lap of a parent or carer during the ceremony (the child ticket does not count towards your total ticket allocation).

Children over 4 years old must hold a general guest ticket and have their own seat for the ceremony to comply with Health and Safety guidelines, set down by both the Dean & Chapter for the Cathedral and the University.

If your child becomes distressed, we may ask you to leave the ceremony for a short period, so that other people are not disturbed.

We offer live streaming, detailed below, which may be more suitable.

Live streaming

If your friends and relatives are unable to attend the ceremony in person, live coverage of your ceremony will be available to watch online.

If your family and friends are joining you for your special day but are not able to attend the ceremony, there will be live coverage of the graduation ceremony streamed in our Students' Union, St George's Centre.


Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities at graduation events and luggage cannot be left unattended.

Remembering your day


Commemorate your graduation day by purchasing souvenirs from our  Canterbury Christ Church University memorabilia range.

Visit the University's Bookshop, which is located at the Canterbury Campus, in the Laud building.


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Last edited: 27/01/2020 09:42:00