Graduation ceremonies

2017 EBS graduation


Graduation is one of the highlights of our academic year. It is a time to celebrate your hard work and achievements, and to mark the start of your next adventure. We look forward to sharing this unforgettable day with you and your guests.

Summer Graduation 2022

We are pleased to welcome you to our Summer Graduation ceremonies in July 2022. More information on each Graduation can be found here, and detailed schedules for all ceremonies will be published on our Schedules page.

Additional guests can visit the Colchester Campus with you on the day of your Graduation, but will not be able to enter the ceremony or departmental reception without a guest ticket.

For ceremonies where additional guests tickets are available, these can be purchased on the day. If you wish to purchase additional tickets, please go to LTB 6 two hours before your ceremony is due to start where the team can help you.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that additional tickets will be available or confirm to you before the day the number of tickets available.

The Graduation ceremony will be screened live in the Lakeside Theatre on the campus and any guests without tickets are welcome to use this facility to watch the ceremony. Children under five are welcome to watch the ceremony in the Lakeside Theatre too so long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Please ensure you review the University’s Graduation COVID-19 Policy (.pdf). The COVID-19 Graduation Policy sets out the arrangements the University of Essex has in place to deliver our commitments to safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of the University and wider community in response to COVID-19, while delivering a high quality Graduation experience for our graduates and their friends, family and supporters.

We will be holding a week of additional ceremonies for our 2020 and 2021 Graduands whose ceremonies were postponed due to COVID-19 and who were eligible but unable to attend one of Spring ceremonies. These ceremonies will take place between Friday 22 and Friday 29 July 2022. We have now published the schedule for these ceremonies, including the timing of each ceremony.

If you have any queries relating to graduation you can contact us at

Please make sure you update your external email address in myEssex as all eligible graduands will be contacted directly via their external email with Graduation updates and booking information.

Spring Graduation 2022

Congratulations to our 2020 and 2021 graduates who attended Spring Graduation it was wonderful to be able to finally celebrate the achievements of so many of our graduates.

View our Flickr album of the full week's ceremony
Spring Graduation 2022
Watch Graduation online

Can't be on Campus for Graduation? Watch a live stream from your own device, wherever you are.

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Winter graduation

Postponement of Winter graduation

As you will be aware, if you were eligible for our Winter Graduation ceremonies, we had to take the difficult decision due to the circumstances created by the Omicron variant at the time, to postpone our Winter Ceremonies which were due to take place on 12 and 13 January 2022.  All those that had purchased guest tickets or hired Graduation Robes, should now have received refunds, if you have not please let us know by emailing

We know that our graduation ceremonies are one of the highlights of the University’s academic year. They are the culmination of hard work and an important opportunity for our graduates to celebrate their achievements with their friends and family.

We are proud of all our graduates and believe strongly that they deserve an amazing Graduation event. We are also committed to keeping our community safe during the difficult circumstances of the continuing pandemic.

We are determined that this difficult decision will not stop our graduates from celebrating their achievements. We remain fully committed to inviting them to celebrate at an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so and we are confident we can deliver the best possible event. Now that we have delivered our Spring Graduation ceremonies for postponed 2020 and 2021 graduates, the rescheduling of our postponed Winter ceremonies is our top priority. We are considering all possible options to enable us to deliver these postponed Winter ceremonies in-person and as soon as possible, but at present we are unable to confirm when these are likely to take place.  As soon as our plans have been confirmed, we will be in contact with all eligible Winter graduands to confirm the new dates and how to book tickets. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.  

Graduation Ceremonies 2022

Graduation is a chance to celebrate your hard work and achievements with your friends, family and loved ones. Find out more about each of our Graduation Ceremonies taking place in 2022.

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