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Celebrating your achievements

Graduation FAQs

We've answered some questions you might have about our decision to postpone 2020's graduation ceremonies.

As you can imagine we receive a high volume of queries and it’s likely you'll find an answer to your question here without needing to contact us. If you can’t find an answer to your question, we’re more than happy to help – contact us on and the Graduation team will reply directly to you.

Please note all plans detailed in the FAQs are subject to the latest Government advice regarding Covid-19. We'll continue to monitor the situation and we hope to run a full physical event celebrating your achievements. However, we must proceed with caution as the welfare and safety of all our graduands, guests and staff remain our priority. If it becomes necessary to alter, postpone or cancel the event then we'll be in touch with you.

General Information

AUB Graduation ceremonies are held at the historic Bournemouth Pavilion.

The ceremony is hosted in the theatre and student gowning is carried out in the Ballroom (which will be clearly signposted on arrival).

Official photography is taken in Pavilion Dance South West, which is located at the side of the Pavilion and will be clearly signposted.

The Champagne Reception will be hosted in the Beach Marquee, located on East Cliff beach. Approximately a 10-minute walk from Bournemouth Pier.

As a Graduand, you'll receive an email (on 24 March 2021) advising you of the ceremony date and inviting you to register to attend. Please ensure you check your email address for regular updates. The email will contain a link to register for graduation.

Please note – you must register even if you're not able to attend the ceremony. Registration opens 24 March 2021 and closes 30 April 2021.

You'll receive an email to your student or personal account advising when registration for Graduation will open. Once open, you can register by clicking the link in the registration email.

As a graduating student your place at the Graduation ceremony and Champagne Reception is free.

During registration you can also purchase and pay for your guest tickets (a maximum of two guests per student) and advise if your guests have any special requirements that we need to be aware of (e.g access, wheelchairs, blue badge holders)

You must complete the registration task regardless of whether you are attending graduation or not as we need to know for seating plans etc.

Yes, upon successful completion of your course and providing you have no outstanding fees to AUB/BPC (tuition fees, library fines, equipment hire etc). All fees must be fully paid prior to graduation or you won't be permitted to attend.

Yes. We recommend registering as soon as possible once registration opens. If you're not sure if you wish to attend, we recommend registering and if necessary, we can cancel your registration and refund you at a later date should you change your mind.

Please note that whilst we provide a full refund for guest tickets, there may be a small administration fee for refunds of gowns and photography.

The Registry Department will contact you with information about what action you may need to take, such as resubmitting any work. In the case of re-submission, if the re-submission is successful then it is possible to attend the next academic year’s Graduation ceremony.

If you've already registered to attend Graduation this year, we can provide a refund for any tickets purchased. Please contact

AUB won't allow any student to attend Graduation if they have outstanding fees. These fees could include things such as library fines, equipment hire and tuition fees. In the event that you have unpaid fees, your Graduation tickets will be withheld and not released until all debts have been cleared.

Please visit the Finance Team to discuss or make payments of any outstanding fees.

You'll receive your official certificate in the post, several weeks after the ceremony. It will be posted to the address that you've provided on your student record (unless otherwise requested).

Please speak to the Registry team if you wish to discuss the postal address.

Tickets for graduation will be available from early July.

During registration, you can provide a UK postal address (UK posting only – we're unable to post to addresses outside of the UK). If you don't have a UK postal address, we can arrange collection by a nominated classmate from campus or collection on the day at the venue. We're trying to reduce in person collections where possible.

Please bear in mind that as tickets will be posted in June/July, ensure you are still living at the address at this time.

Please email – the Graduation team will be pleased to help you.


The Graduation team need to know if you're attending or not in order to plan the ceremony and champagne reception – this ensure you all have a memorable day and enjoy the celebration after all your hard work!

No, unfortunately you have to attend the day that your course ceremony is taking place along with the rest of the graduands on your course, you're not able to transfer to another day.

Guest tickets can be purchase via the registration task. Each student can purchase a maximum of two guest tickets.

No, as a graduating student you attend graduation free of charge – you won't require a ticket for the ceremony but you'll be given a ticket for the champagne reception which you need to bring with you on the day. You do need to hire a robe from Ede and Ravenscroft – see gowning section of FAQs.

Each student can purchase a maximum of two guest tickets. They are priced at £25 per ticket. This includes the ceremony and Champagne reception.

It's not possible to buy additional tickets for the ceremony/champagne reception. Each guest needs to have their own ticket for the ceremony and entrance to the Champagne Reception.


Yes, children can attend the ceremony however we do advise that this is a formal proceeding of events that's being filmed and therefore may not be suited to younger children/babies. Should there be disruption in the theatre then one of our ushers may politely ask for any young children/babies to be entertained in the foyer area by their parent/guardian so as not to disturb the ceremony. Please note that children over three require their own ticket for admission.

Yes, we need to know if you are attending in order to include you in the seating plans.

Yes, contact the Graduation team on and they'll amend your booking and arrange a refund of any guest tickets purchased no longer required.

If you've already received your ticket pack you'll need to post all the contents back to the Graduation team before a refund can be issued.

During registration you're able to indicate any disabled guests or special requirements they may have, the Graduation team may then contact you for additional information in order to ensure we can meet your needs effectively. Alternatively, email

Registration opens on 24 March 2021 and closes on 30 April 2021. Regardless of whether you're attending graduation or not you must complete the registration process.

Contact the Graduation team on and they'll cancel your registration and arrange a refund of any guest tickets purchased.

If you've already received your ticket pack you'll need to post all the contents back to the Graduation team before a refund can be issued

Yes, contact the Graduation team on and they'll cancel your registration and arrange a refund of any guest tickets purchased.

If you've already received your ticket pack you'll need to post all the contents back to the Graduation team before a refund can be issued

Gowns, dress code and photography

Graduation is a formal celebration of your achievements therefore most graduands and their guests like to dress smartly for the occasion.

Graduating students will be required to wear gowns (which should be pre-hired for a fee from Ede and Ravenscroft (E&R)), without a gown you won't be permitted to cross the stage.

Helpful tips:

  • The theatre is likely to be hot so we recommend lighter clothing for graduands and guests (jackets are not required).
  • You'll need to navigate stairs onto and off of the stage therefore we recommend a sensible heel height.
  • Wearing a shirt/blouse with a button will allow the hood of the gown to be securely fastened and stay in place. Carrying safety pins can also be useful.
  • You'll be wearing a hat so please ensure any hairstyles, particularly ‘up-dos’, will allow the hat to be positioned on your head – hair grips are advisable to secure it in place.
  • Due to Covid-19, the E&R staff may ask you to dress yourselves in the robes to minimise person to person contact but they'll verbally direct you how to wear the items

Personal belongings can't be taken onto stage. We recommend leaving these items with your guests or alternatively using the cloakroom that's provided as it's possible you won't return to the same seat once you cross the stage.

All students attending graduation must hire a gown in advance of the graduation ceremonies. Ede and Ravenscroft (E&R) are the suppliers of AUB graduation gowns.

Gown/Photography booking opens 24 March 2021 and closes 14 May 2021

Prices can be found on the Ede and Ravenscroft website and bookings are to be made directly with them. You can do this online, or over the phone (01223 861 854). Please note, bookings via phone incur a £5.00 supplementary charge.

  • BA gown/hood – £45
  • MA gown/hood – £51
  • PhD gown/hood – £58

Ede & Ravenscroft will require your height and head measurements for the booking.

You'll be sent an email confirming your gown hire that includes your gown reference number. You'll need to print out and present this email to the Ede & Ravenscroft staff at the ceremony venue in order to collect your gown on the day of your graduation.

You must hire in advance – you can't hire on the day.

The E&R website will ask you to confirm which award you're going to receive – there'll be a choice of BA, MA or PhD dependent upon your level of study.

The hood colours for AUB are deep purple and lime green and the hood will be included with your gown hire order.

It's possible to cancel your booking a minimum of seven working days prior to the ceremony and receive a refund. You'll need to contact E&R directly in order to do this. Please note that a small administration fee may apply depending on when the order was made.

Commemorative photo packages are available and can be booked in advance via the E&R website. You can't purchase on the day this year due to Covid-19, you must buy the desired package in advance online. Photography will be taken after the ceremony in Pavilion Dance South West located at side of the Pavilion.

On the day

The ceremony will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion located in Bournemouth town centre. Gown collection will be from the Ballroom, we recommend arriving 90 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony in order to be gowned.

There's no parking at the Bournemouth Pavilion on the day, however there are several local car parks close to the venue – please download the parking map for further details.

Bournemouth in summer is extremely busy with tourists and parking can be limited so we advise leaving plenty of time prior to the ceremony in order to park your vehicle.

We suggest arriving at least 90 minutes before your ceremony is due to start to allow time for you to be gowned prior to your ceremony commencing. Please allow time for traffic and parking as Bournemouth in the summer months is a bustling town busy with locals and tourists.

No, unless you're collecting your guest ticket pack on the day from the collection point, in which case photo ID will be required. Please note, only you can pick up your ticket pack – family member or friends aren't permitted to do this on your behalf.

Late arrivals can't be guaranteed admittance into the theatre once proceedings have commenced, therefore it's possible you may not be able to cross the stage to ‘receive’ your degree. Please ensure you allow plenty of time for both you and your guests to arrive at the venue prior to the start of the ceremony.

Approximately one hour 30 minutes, timings per ceremony can vary slightly.

Graduands and their guests will not be seated together.

Graduands will be seated in a reserved section of the stalls and guests will be seated between the remaining stall space and the balcony.

Please note: guests don't have reserved seating, therefore all guests will be shown to available seats by ushers on their arrival into the theatre. If your guests wish to sit with other guests please ensure you enter the theatre together to increase the possibility of locating seats close by.

All ceremony and event plans are subject to the latest guidance and advice from the Government regarding Covid-19.

No extra tickets will be available due to venue capacity.

Please do not contact us to ask for additional tickets as we'll need to refuse your request.

  • On arrival at the Pavilion, graduands will head to the Ballroom to be gowned – family/friends can't accompany you into the gowning room so please say your goodbyes as this will be the last time you see them until the ceremony has ended
  • The theatre will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and all guests will be able to take their seats
  • Student ushers will meet graduands in the Ballroom and call out each course and assemble you into alphabetical order, they'll hand you your name card and escort you into the theatre to take your seats.
  • Once in your seat, the student ushers will direct you from your seat to the stage, please ensure you have your name card ready to present to the Dean when taking the stage.
  • Graduands are presented individually by name (alphabetically) within their course
  • Once the Dean announces your name, walk to the centre of the stage and shake hands with the Chancellor*, continue to then cross the stage to the far side and then exit via the stage steps.
  • You'll then be ushered back to your seat, this may be a different seat to the one you previously occupied.

*Due to Covid-19 you may not be able to shake hands, AUB will advise you of protocol prior to the event.

No, we only read your name out. Classification will be included in the official programme.

After gowning the student ushers will get you into courses and line you up alphabetically. You'll be provided with a name card that has your first name and surname as per your student record (and a pronunciation if this has been previously provided). This will be read out by your Dean as you cross the stage.

If you've officially changed your name we require confirmation of the Deedpoll certificate in order to make any changes.

Once the ceremony has concluded, all graduates and guests will be directed out of the Theatre and to the Beach Marquee where the Champagne Reception is held. The reception lasts one hour and a live band will be performing, during this time or once the reception has ended you also have the opportunity to:

  • Get your official photos taken by E&R, located in Pavilion Dance South West
  • Purchase your official AUB Graduation memorabilia such as AUB Graduation Hoodies from the Campus Clothing stand

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