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By 29 March 2019 Invitations will be send to University email accounts for undergraduate ceremonies 
28 June 2019 Deadline for registering for 2019 ceremonies and requesting guest tickets
By 5 July 2019 Invitations will be sent to University email accounts for postgraduate ceremonies
6 September 2019 Deadline for registering for 2019 postgraduate ceremonies and requesting guest tickets
15-19 July 2019 Emails sent regarding extra tickets for undergraduate ceremonies
23-27 September 2019 Emails sent regarding extra tickets for postgraduate ceremonies
2 August 2019 Closing date for ordering academic dress – undergraduate ceremonies
11 October 2019 Closing date for ordering academic dress – postgraduate ceremonies
8 August 2019 Deadline for requesting refunds for unwanted guest tickets – undergraduate ceremonies
14 October 2019 Deadline for requesting refunds for unwanted guest tickets – postgraduate ceremonies
18 August 2019 Undergraduate ceremonies
24 and 25 October 2019 Postgraduate ceremonies
20-23 August 2020 Undergraduate ceremonies 2020
22 and 23 October 2020 Postgraduate ceremonies 2020

Eligibility to attend

All students studying for BSc and BA programmes (except Social Work, Mathematics and Teaching QTS, Primary Education and Teaching QTS), and are in the final year of their course, who achieve 300 credit points (with at least 60 credit points at level 6) by 26 July 2019 will be eligible to attend.

Students taking the PGCE, SCITT or School Direct routes will only be eligible to attend if they have achieved a PGCE by 27 September 2019.

For other courses including Foundation Degrees, undergraduate awards comprising 480 credits points, BA (Hons) Social Work, Mathematics and Teaching QTS, Primary Education and Teaching QTS (including top up courses) only those students who complete their course and whose name appears on a pass list by 26 July 2019 will be eligible to attend.


If you have paid for guest tickets but are not eligible to graduate, a full refund will be given. Should you change your mind and no longer wish to attend please email the Graduation Team, By Thursday 8 August 2019 for undergraduate ceremonies and Monday 14 October 2019 for postgraduate ceremonies for the cost to be refunded.

Debts to the University

Any student with outstanding tuition fee balances, who has not agreed a suitable payment plan with the Finance Office, should make payment immediately.

If you are unable to make immediate payment please contact the Finance Office on 01243 816108 to discuss this matter.

Students with significant outstanding tuition fee debt within 10 days of graduation will not be eligible to attend their ceremony and receive their award certificate.


International graduands and guests

If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may need a visa to attend graduation please email as soon as possible.

Order your gown

All Graduands taking part must wear full academic dress of gown, hood and hat to take part in the ceremony. The closing date for ordering academic dress is for the postgraduate ceremonies is 11 October.

Please remember, you are requested to wear the academic dress of the degree you are being awarded, not the academic dress of a degree you may already hold.

University of Chichester academic dress should be ordered from our official supplier William Northam

  1. Before you start, make sure you know your ceremony date and time, head circumference or hat size, chest and height measurements and have your credit/debit card details available.
  2. If hiring make sure you print out your order confirmation and bring it with you on the prearranged date when you collect your outfit. Failure to produce your confirmation will result in a delay when collecting your outfit.
  3. The option to buy your graduation outfit is also available online.
  4. If you do not have access to a computer you may hire or buy from William Northam’s call centre on 0870 2401852. Facilities for the deaf and hard of hearing or those with speech impairment using Textphone dial 1800101223861854 to access the RNID Typetalk system.
  5. Please note that you will not be entitled to the online discount if you order through the call centre.

Operating hours for ordering academic dress are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Calls may be recorded for staff training.

Terms and conditions are available from William Northam’s call centre and their website.

Pre-ordered academic dress will be available for collection on the day of your graduation ceremony.

Please note that the University reserves the right to prevent graduands from participating in the ceremony if they are unsuitably dressed.

We recommend you wear a shirt or blouse. The hood (or colours) is secured by a loop at the front, which will fasten onto a shirt or blouse button. This helps the hood stay in place.

The mortarboards do come in a variety of sizes but it’s a good idea to bring some hairpins to secure it firmly.

As this is a formal dress occasion, guests are expected to dress smartly (ie no jeans, trainers, T-shirts, etc).

Images of our academic dress are available here

Book your photography

The University’s official graduation photographers are William Northam. They are able to offer a wide range of photography and framing services.

Photography can be pre-booked using the William Northam website or by calling their call centre on 0870 2401852.

You can order and pay at the sales desk on your graduation day, prior to being photographed. However, prices will be higher than if you pre-order.

Pre-ordering either online or by phone at least 10 days before your graduation ceremony will save time on the day.

Please print out and bring the acknowledgement of your pre-paid order with you on your graduation day.

Book your accommodation

For local accommodation, restaurants and travel/parking information please visit the Visit Chichester website or telephone the Chichester Tourist Information Centre 01243 775888.

Graduation merchandise

A range of University of Chichester Graduation merchandise is available from the Students’ Union and can either be pre-ordered from (for collection on Graduation Day), or purchased on the day from the Students’ Union outlets at the Chichester Festival Theatre/Chichester Cathedral or from The Shop on Bishop Otter campus.

The range of goods on sale will include our 2019 Graduation hoodies (with names of all Graduands), and a range of other University of Chichester products.

We recommend pre-ordering clothing items and any products you specifically want via the website to avoid disappointment. Please visit the UCSU shop website for more details.