Graduation ceremony

FAQs about graduation

Browse through the information below to find out about registering to attend graduation and practical advice that may be useful on the day.


How many tickets do I receive?

One student ticket and three guest tickets for access to the cathedral.

Can I have an additional ticket? 

You will automatically be allocated three guest tickets for your Graduation ceremony. Children under two years of age, who do not have a ticket, are able to sit on a guest’s knee (not with the student) but they will not have a seat.

What happens to the tickets of non-attendees? 

LJMU has taken into consideration all non-attendees and referral students when setting the ceremony schedule. We are able to calculate this as we are aware that this occurs each year.

Applying to attend graduation

How do I apply to attend graduation? 

Please visit the registration page to apply to attend graduation.

I want to apply for graduation but I am experiencing difficulty accessing the online form, what should I do? 

If you receive an error message when trying to access the graduation attendance registration form please contact - please ensure you include your full name, date of birth and student number.

Additional support

Are St George's Hall and the Liverpool Cathedral suitable for guests with access requirements? 

St George's Hall is fully accessible and there is a lift located at the North Entrance. In the Liverpool Cathedral a lift is located to the left of the main entrance to provide wheelchair access.

We need additional assistance in the Liverpool Cathedral who should I contact? 

Students are asked to declare any additional support for guests and themselves to LJMU prior to the ceremony. If specific arrangements are made then a coordinator will be available at the Liverpool Cathedral. Students should report to the Student Information desk on arrival. If arrangements for additional support have not been made prior to the ceremony then LJMU cannot guarantee that the request will be met but every effort will be made to meet your requirements on the day.

To discuss additional support requests please complete the relevant section in your graduation attendance application form or alternatively email with your contact details. You will then be contacted via email.

Academic gown hire

How do I order my gown?

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and you are required to wear the academic dress of the University with your own appropriate formal attire. The LJMU gowns and mortar boards are dark blue (except for PhD awards which are scarlet). Hoods are lined in grey or blue silk embossed with the University coat of arms.

Ede & Ravenscroft are the official robe makers for the University and you will need to order a robe directly from them in advance. Please visit for further details.

I am a wheelchair user; do I need to inform the gown hire company? 

If a student is a wheelchair user, then they must notify Ede & Ravenscroft when the order is placed as they can provide appropriately tailored gowns. Please note that these gowns are only available with prior notice.

How do I book my official photograph? 

Ede & Ravenscroft are appointed as official photographers to the University and provide a service throughout graduation week. They will be located in St George's Hall throughout graduation week.

Please note: The University can give no guarantees for photographers other than Ede & Ravenscroft. During Graduation, a number of unofficial photographers assemble outside the Liverpool Cathedral. These photographers are not endorsed by LJMU and once you have parted with your money it may be difficult to contact them afterwards.

Graduation day

Where will my graduation ceremony be held?

All ceremonies will be held in the Liverpool Cathedral.

Where do I collect my tickets from? 

Tickets are not available in advance. All tickets will be available for collection from St George's Hall. Please bring photographic identification (LJMU student card, driving licence, passport etc.) when collecting your ceremony tickets. 

Where are the gowns collected from? 

Gowns will be collected from St George's Hall.

I have not booked my gown and it’s too late to book online, how do I pay for it now? 

A VERY limited number of gowns will be available from Ede & Ravenscroft for hire on the day of the award ceremony and you may not have the correct gown for your award.

Please be aware you will pay a premium rate on the day to hire the gown. If you arrive at the Liverpool Cathedral without a gown LJMU will not be able to provide you with a gown and also reserves the right to not allow you to take part in the ceremony.

How do I book my official photographs? 

Ede & Ravenscroft are appointed as official photographers to the University and provide a service throughout graduation week and will be located in St Georges Hall. Please visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website to book your photographs.  

Can I use one of the photographers outside the Liverpool Cathedral?

The University can give no guarantees for photographers other than Ede & Ravenscroft. During the week of Graduation, a number of unofficial photographers assemble outside the Liverpool Cathedral. These photographers are not endorsed by LJMU and once you have parted with your money it may be difficult to contact them afterwards.

I have not booked my official photography and I can no longer book online, how do I do it now?

Please visit the Ede & Ravenscroft sales desk in St George's Hall on the day of the ceremony. Please allow extra time as pre-booked sessions will take priority.

Can I buy any souvenirs of the ceremony?

LJMU merchandise is available from

Ceremony attendance

Where is the best place to park my car?

Please visit the parking information page.

Where is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station for mainline trains is Lime Street Station. For Merseyrail train services, use Central Station. Visit the Merseyrail website for more information.

Where is the National Express coach station for Liverpool? 

The National Express coach Station is located Liverpool ONE Bus Station, Canning Place, Liverpool L1 8JX. For further information, go to the National Express website.

Can we get refreshments at the cathedral? 

Refreshments can be purchased within the Liverpool Cathedral

What time do we need to be at the Liverpool Cathedral? 

Students must arrive and be seated in the Liverpool Cathedral no later than half an hour before the scheduled start of their ceremony.

What time does the ceremony start?

Please view the ceremony timetable

How long is a ceremony?

This will depend on the number of students, the number of fellows and the length of each of the speeches. However, the ceremony should last for no more than one and a half hours.

Which entrance do graduands and guests use at the Liverpool Cathedral? 

Graduands and guests enter via the main Liverpool Cathedral entrance.

Can I bring my children to the ceremony? 

Children are permitted into the Liverpool Cathedral; however, they must have a ticket if ages two years or above. Please note that the ceremony lasts on average 1hr 30m and young children may find parts of the ceremony slow.

Debts to the university

I am in debt to the university - can I still graduate?

If you are in debt to the University you will not be issued with a certificate and you will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony either during the current academic year or in the future until your debt is cleared in full. Debts can include unpaid tuition fees or registration fees, residence fees and library fines (including unreturned books and print charges).

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have no outstanding debts to the University. Please contact the Student Admin Centre for further assistance.

All debts must be paid in full before graduation.

Certificates/verification of awards

When do I get my certificate?

If you have not already received your certificate it will be given to you when you register for your tickets at St George's Hall on the day of your Graduation.

Confirmation of awards

In recent years there has been an increase in the misrepresentation of academic qualifications. As a result, many potential employers now require additional, formal confirmation directly from the University. In order to disclose this information and to comply with the Data Protection Act, employers are always advised that they must seek and provide written authorisation from you.


You will be provided with a final student transcript with your award certificate, however, in the future you may be asked to provide a copy of your transcript to a third party - order a copy of your transcript.