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 September/October Ceremonies open on 5 July 2021 and will close on 20 September 2021. You will not be able to book after this deadline so please allow plenty of time to secure and confirm your booking. 

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 [email protected].

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 graduate/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 graduate/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. Gown hire will not be available on the day.

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 be sure to measure your heads correctly as Ede and Ravenscroft will not be able to offer replacement hats on the day.

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. You may 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. On arrival, please follow the signage for parking. 

Pre-book accommodation

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

  • Single en-suite bedroom, bed and breakfast rate: £52.00
  • Twin en-suite bedroom, bed and breakfast rate: £85.00
  • 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 [email protected].

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

If you are registered for a Ceremony but you are no longer able to attend, please contact [email protected].​