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What to expect at your CCCU Canterbury Cathedral graduation

Graduation is the pinnacle of completing a student’s academic journey. It is a very special occasion that provides an opportunity for you to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work with family, friends and loved ones.

It is important that you adhere to your graduation timetable and arrive in good time at the registration check-in desk to ensure that you can take part in your ceremony and have your name read out. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate a late student, we cannot guarantee admittance to the ceremony if you do not arrive on time. In this case, we will do our utmost to allow you and your guests into the ceremony to watch and we will subsequently offer a deferral to another graduation date.

Essential Graduation Day Information
Before the Event:

RSVP & Tickets: Complete an online RSVP and purchase up to two guest tickets at £22 each.

Gown Hire: Order your gown from Ede & Ravenscroft at least 3 weeks before the event. Inappropriate or absent academic dress will prevent participation.


Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts Canterbury CT1 2EH

Main Campus, North Holmes Road Canterbury CT1 1QU

Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury CT1 2YA


Ceremonies last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Ticket collection from Augustine House starts 2 hours before your ceremony.

Final Confirmation Email (One Week Prior):

Confirms guest tickets, seat, and procession number.

On the Day:

Ticket Collection: Augustine House, 2 hours before the ceremony.

Gown Collection: Augustine House (AH3.31), assistance provided by Ede & Ravenscroft.

Registration: Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral, closes 30 minutes before the ceremony.


No parking available on campus or at the Cathedral. Use city parking or Park and Ride.

Late Arrivals:

Head to Augustine House for gowning and proceed to the Cathedral. Late arrival may forfeit graduation participation.


In emergencies, contact i-zone for potential deferral options.


Studios in Augustine Hall and North Holmes Road. Pre-order or buy after the event from Ede & Ravenscroft.

Free Professional Headshot:

Available in the Careers Hub in Augustine House on the day.

Ceremony Seating:

Separate areas for students and guests. Students grouped by course and surname order.

Children and Babies:

Not recommended for infants. Tickets required for all children; free for under 5s (must sit on a lap).

Live Streaming:

Available online and in the Students' Union, St George's Centre, for those not attending the ceremony.

Ensure all preparations, including RSVPs, gown hire, and guest ticket purchases, are completed in advance to enjoy a seamless graduation day.

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