Some Universities do not charge for guests to attend their Graduation celebrations, however, many like Essex do. We review the costs regularly and always work to keep them as low as possible. We also work with the suppliers of gowns, photography and other services to maximise the benefit to our Graduates and maintain low costs.
If you attend the ceremony you will be required to wear an academic robe, this needs to be hired form our official gown provider (the Graduate Gowning Company) and will incur a charge.
You do not have to pay for your own Graduation ticket which allows you entry to your ceremony and your departmental reception. A complimentary Graduation programme, and a Certificate holder will also be available.
In the first phase of the online booking system, each student can purchase up to two tickets at a cost of £25 which will admit guests to the Graduation ceremony in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall and entrance with you to the departmental reception, which includes light refreshments.
All the revenue generated from guest ticket sales is invested into providing the best Graduation experience possible for our graduates.
Help with graduation costs
If you’re having financial difficulties, we may be able to help you with the cost of attending your Graduation. The University’s Graduation Assistance Fund is available to students experiencing financial difficulties who are eligible to attend a Graduation ceremony. The fund covers the cost of up to two guest tickets and the advance hire of an academic gown.
You must meet the eligibility requirements to be considered, please read the full eligibility criteria for the Graduation Assistance Fund, prior to submitting your application. We will be in contact with all students eligible to attend a graduation ceremony to confirm the process for applying to the Graduation Assistance Fund.
Successful applicants will be allocated up to two guest tickets for their Graduation ceremony and have an academic gown ordered for them – there is no cash alternative. Successful applicants who have already purchased their guest tickets and/or their academic gowns, will be refunded via their original payment method as soon as possible after the ceremonies have concluded.