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Celebrating your achievements

Costs – planning ahead

Please be aware there are some additional costs associated with participating in Graduation. We appreciate that students are often on a tight budget, so to help you plan and save for these costs, here is a handy list to keep in mind:

Each guest ticket costs £25, which includes:

  • Entry to the specified graduation ceremony
  • Entry to the post-ceremony Beach Marquee Reception and a glass of champagne
  • A commemorative Graduation Programme

All graduands must wear a cap and gown in official AUB colours to participate in Graduation. Please plan for the cost of gown hire (prices from our recommended supplier Ede & Ravenscroft):

  • Undergraduate £45
  • Postgraduate £51
  • PhD £58

If you'd like to purchase portrait photography, Ede & Ravenscroft is the official photographer provider that will have a photography studio onsite on the day of your ceremony. There are a variety of packages available at different price points and these packages need to be booked in advance. Have formal photos taken of yourself in your cap and gown after your ceremony with your family and friends.

Cancellation/refund policy

You can cancel your own registration to attend Graduation at any time leading up to your ceremony date by emailing us directly at

You’ll need to contact the gowning company directly to cancel your gown hire and photography package if you’ve ordered one. Please be aware they will have their own cancellation/refund policy.

You can cancel one or both of your guest tickets and receive a full refund up to 7 days prior to your ceremony date. You'll need to contact us at up to 7 days prior to your ceremony date to let us know of your cancellation. If you notify us less than 7 days prior to your ceremony date, unfortunately, we'll be unable to refund you for your guest tickets, unless under exceptional circumstances.

If your tickets have already been posted to you via a UK address, you'll need to return the unused tickets to the Graduation Office either by post or in person (to Reception on campus). Please be aware we can't issue refunds if tickets have not been returned to us.

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A theatre full of people in graduation dress, viewed form the back with a stage blurred in the background.


AUB's graduation ceremony is a great time to celebrate your achievements with your family and friends
A large crowd of people, many of them in graduation dress, gather on a beach in front of a pier for a photo.

Graduation FAQs

We've answered some questions you might have about our graduation ceremonies
Students at their graduation celebrating on Bournemouth beach

Guest tickets

Each graduand is entitled to bring a maximum of two guests to attend their ceremony. These guest tickets can be purchased for £25 each...
People in graduation dress gathering on Bournemouth's pier approach.

Gown hire and photography

Once you receive your invite to register for graduation, you may book your gown, hood and cap. We recommend hiring these directly...
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Venue and live video stream

Graduation ceremonies will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre which is in the town centre. A Video live stream will also be...
Three people in graduation dress pose for a photo inside a marquee.

Graduation terms and conditions

Please read this section carefully as your registration and (if applicable) purchase of guest tickets for your graduation ceremony is...
Five people in graduation dress stand on a beach and pose for a photo.

Graduation day

Graduation Day is a milestone event and most guests and graduands choose to wear smart attire to commemorate the importance of the day.
People in graduation dress throw mortar board hats into the air.

Filming and photography

We'll have our in-house photographers circling throughout the event capturing those special moments of your day.
Two people in graduation dress hug.


We've collected photos and videos of the AUB graduation ceremonies from over the years, which are free for you to download and enjoy