Before you Graduate

There are a few things you need to make sure you've completed before you graduate.

Book your place

Bookings for the July 2020 Ceremony will open in February 2020 and will close on 17 July 2020. You will not be able to book after this deadline so please allow plenty of time to secure and confirm your booking. To book your place and your guest tickets visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website.

After you have made your booking you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation then your booking may not have been successful, if this happens please contact

You do not pay for your place at your Ceremony, however, you do need to book in advance. As you are not paying for yours or your guest’s ticket you do not need to wait for your results to apply.

Guest tickets

You will be able to apply for up to two free guest tickets per student for the Ceremony. These can be booked at the same time as booking your place on your Ceremony.


You will receive an email ticket confirming graduand and guest tickets to the email address you have registered on the Ede and Ravenscroft website. Please present this at the registration desk on campus in order to collect your individual tickets, which will be needed in order to access the Ceremony. No graduand or guest will be admitted without a valid ticket.

Pre-order your gown and photography

Gown hire

To hire or purchase your academic dress, you will need to pre-order directly from Ede and Ravenscroft before the ceremony.

Before you start your booking, make sure you know your head circumference, chest and height measurements and have your credit/debit card details available.

Please note, academic dress is compulsory, students will not be permitted entry to the Graduation Ceremony without a gown. 


You can pre-order photography via the Ede and Ravenscroft website. Alternatively you will be able to order and pay at the sales desk on the day of your ceremony, however, prices will be higher on the day.

If you pre-order your photography, please ensure you bring your acknowledgement card with you on the day.


There will be free parking available on the RAU campus. At the time of booking your Ceremony tickets, you will be asked about the vehicles you will be bringing to the event.

On arrival, please follow the signage for parking for your Ceremony. 

Please print out and bring with you the relevant parking pass for your ceremony:

Pre-book accommodation

We have a limited amount of great value accommodation available for graduating RAU students, family and friends. Both single and double en-suite bedrooms are available.

Single en-suite bedroom, bed and breakfast rate: £52.00
Double en-suite bedroom, bed and breakfast rate: £91.00

If you would like to book accommodation or have any queries, please contact the Conference team on

Alternative accommodation can be found in Cirencester through the visitor information centre /

Check that you have passed your Degree / Diploma

Ensure that you have been awarded correctly, you can do this by checking the Student Portal. If you have not been awarded then you cannot attend a ceremony even if you have registered for it.

Further information

Let us know if you or your guests have any need for specific provision by emailing​

If you are registered for a Ceremony but you are no longer able to attend, please contact the Graduation team