Before you Graduate
There are a few things you need to make sure you've completed before you graduate.
Book your place
Bookings for 2018 will open in March 2018 and will close on 3 July 2018. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 of your guest’s ticket you do not need to wait for your results to apply.
Tickets include 3 drinks tokens per person for a reception after the Ceremony with canapes, a cash bar will also be available. If you find yourself in a referral position, you will not be eligible to attend the ceremony in 2018. Subject to successful completion of your course you will be invited to attend the 2019 ceremony to receive your award.
You will be able to apply for up to 4 free guests tickets per student for the ceremony. These can be booked at the same time as booking your place on your ceremony.
Some guest seats have limited visibility or are situated where the ceremony can only be viewed on closed-circuit television screens so early arrival at the church is advisable.
You will receive an email ticket confirming graduand and guest tickets to the email address you have registered on the Ede and Ravenscroft website the week commencing 10 July 2018. 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
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.
Pre-book a lunch
There are options available on the RAU online shop for you to pre-order a buffet lunch (£29).
Limited edition wine
The Royal Agricultural University’s award winning white wine, Cotswold Hills has released a limited edition Graduation edition for 2018.
A single bottle of commemorative Cotswold Hills wine is £13.95, a duo gift pack is £30 and a case of 6 bottles is £83 and can be collected from the Cotswold Hills stand at Graduation. We will also have gold marker pens available for purchase, so that friends and family can sign your bottle of wine to add a further personalised touch.
To order please email email@example.com with your name, order and preferred contact email. We will then send you payment instructions.
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. It is approximately a 25 minute walk from the University campus to the church where the ceremony will take place. Please note, there is very limited parking available in Cirencester town centre.
Complimentary return coach transport will be available from the University to the Parish Church.
We have a limited number 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: £41.50
Double en-suite bedroom, bed and breakfast rate: £73.50
If you would like to book accommodation or have any queries, please contact the Conference team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative accommodation can be found in Cirencester through the visitor information centre http://www.cirencester.co.uk/wheretostay/.
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.
What if I fail?
If your July registration is cancelled due to academic failure, you will be invited to register to attend a ceremony in 2018 when registration opens.
Let us know if you or your guests have any need for specific provision by emailing email@example.com.
If you are registered for a ceremony but you are no longer able to attend, please contact the Graduation team.