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Before you graduate

Winter 2019 - are you attending?

You will receive your graduation invitation via email. You need to respond by 18 November 2019.

It is important that you reply even if you do not wish to attend the ceremony in person so that we can make arrangements for you to receive your certificate.

If you are expecting to graduate and have not received an invitation to your Graduation Ceremony by 11 October 2019 please email the Graduation Ceremonies team.

PDF reply form

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Book your Graduation gown hire and photograpy

Visit the University's official gown hire and photography website to book your gown hire and Graduation photography.  Please note - online booking will close the week before your ceremony, booking in advance will save you time on the day.

Advanced booking of gown hire and photography will be available until 28 November 2019.

You may choose to have your photographs taken before you graduate but please ensure you allow enough time to collect your gown, register and be seated on time for your ceremony in the Great Hall.

Your photograph will also be taken when you receive your certificate on stage. Your guests may take photographs during the ceremony but should remain seated throughout.


Before you graduate - your checklist

  • Reply to your graduation ceremony invitation via e:Vision - you can book guest tickets (max. 2) and inform us of any seating adjustments in your response
  • No access to e:Vision? Complete and return our PDF reply form
  • Visit the Your Graduation Day tab for proceedings
  • Book your gown hire and photography (optional)
  • Plan your travel and any accomodation to arrive two hours before your ceremony

Not attending the graduation ceremony in person?

  • Reply via e:Vision choosing the option to defer or graduate in absentia
  • Choose the option for receiving your certificate*

*Certificates will be issued after the graduation ceremony has taken place.

If you are due to graduate in December 2019 you should receive an invitation by email early in October. If you have not heard from us by this time please contact us via email.

Once you have received your invitation please log into e:Vision and complete the task. If you no longer have access to e:Vision please complete the PDF reply form.

Please complete your reply before the deadline of 15 November 2019.

It is important that you reply to your ceremony invitation even if you are not planning to attend the ceremony in person. If you don’t wish to attend you can choose to graduate in absentia or defer* to a future ceremony.

*You can only defer graduation once. If you have already deferred from July 2019 you cannot choose this option again.

You can request up to 2 guest tickets when replying to your ceremony invitation. These tickets are free of charge.

You do not need to request a ticket for yourself, graduands will be seated in a separate part of the Great Hall from the guest seating area.

Additional tickets – If there are any spare tickets these will go on sale the week before the ceremony. The number of spare tickets that can be purchased is usually restricted to a maximum of 2 per person. We cannot guarantee any spare tickets will be available for our ceremonies. 

Screening tickets – the ceremonies are broadcast on a large screen in the Horton Barn for guests who do not have tickets for the Great Hall. These tickets are free of charge and are available at registration on a first come first served basis.

All tickets are issued at the Registration Desks on the day of the ceremony.

Children are welcome at the ceremonies; however the ceremonies may prove to be too long for younger children who may become restless.  

Children over two years old must have their own seat in the Great Hall and therefore must be included in your guest numbers. Children up to the age of two must sit on an adult's lap and do not require a separate ticket. This is due to health and safety regulations that require all participants and guests at the ceremonies to be seated.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed into Great Hall or the screening venue without being accompanied by an adult. 

Please note: the guest seating area is in a separate part of the hall from the graduands’ seating area.  If graduands wish to bring children under the age of 16 they must be accompanied by another adult and cannot be seated with the graduands.

For the comfort of other guests, parents or carers may be asked to take any child who becomes agitated or distressed out of the Great Hall to the foyer area.

The ceremonies are broadcast on a large screen at a separate venue on campus and guests with very young children may prefer to watch the ceremony on the large screen.  Tickets for the screening are free of charge, are only available on the day of the ceremony from the Registration Desks, are limited to four tickets per graduand and are issued strictly first come first served.


If you and/or your guests require seating adjustments for your graduation ceremony, please ensure you provide full details when completing the e:Vision reply task or the reply form.

Please read the guidance on disabled access on campus.

The graduation ceremonies are an official occasion and although there is no formal dress code smart dress is required. For ease of fitting your gown it is recommended that you wear a shirt/blouse with buttons.  Graduands must wear academic dress appropriate to their award in order to attend their ceremony.

Academic dress, ie gown and hat, should be ordered online from Marston Events.  If you have any queries you can call them on +44 (0)1264 339 706.

Please note that there is a limited stock of gowns to hire on the day of your ceremony and payment on the day must be made in cash (£49).

Gowns will be available to collect from 8.00am on the morning of your Graduation Day. 

In collaboration with our gown supplier, Marston Events, we are able to offer a small number of free gowns to students graduating in December 2019.

Applications are open to Home students and Sanctuary scholars only. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15th November.

Priority will be given to:

  • Students who are in receipt of a Sanctuary Scholarship
  • Carers
  • Refugees
  • Students who are estranged from their family
  • Care experienced or care leaver students
  • Students with a disability
  • Students who have previously received a grant from the Student Support Fund
  • Any other student who does not fulfil the above criteria who, at the discretion of the University and based on their supporting statement is felt to be deserving, should remaining funds allow.

We expect to receive an extremely high number of applications, and the number of awards available is very limited. For this reason, please bear in mind that your application might not be successful.

You will be notified by email as to whether your application was successful or unsuccessful by 5pm on Wednesday 20th November. As part of your application we may need to contact you to verify additional information if necessary.

If you plan to apply, make sure you save the £44 to cover the cost of your gown in advance, as if your application is unsuccessful, as you will only have 6 days between finding out about your application and the gown order deadline (Thursday 28th November) to pay for your gown yourself.

This offer is only available to students eligible to receive an academic award in a December 2019 ceremony. This offer cannot be deferred to future ceremonies.

To apply, please click here.

There are lots of hotels in and around Bradford.

Find more details on our local hotels page, and on the Visit Bradford website.

The graduation ceremonies are held on the University's main City Campus. 

When travelling to Bradford on the day of your graduation ceremony it is very important that you allow plenty of time to make your journey.

We recommend that you allow sufficient time to travel to the venue (Great Hall on City Campus) with ample time to collect your ceremony tickets, graduation gown and have any photographs taken.


There will be limited parking available on City Campus on graduation ceremony days and this is provided on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, please see information about local car parks in Bradford.

Parking is also available for guests who are Blue Badge holders.

If you have any queries regarding this please email us.

If you or your guests are travelling from overseas and require a letter in support of an application for a travel visa, please visit one of the MyBradford locations or email the MyBradford team

You will need to provide staff with the following information for each person travelling:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • dates of travel (& duration of stay in the UK)

For details of MyBradford, including opening times, please visit their website.

If you are travelling during the discretionary period of your student Tier 4 visa, please refer to our Visa Support information for guidance.

The names of graduands are published in a Graduation booklet distributed to all graduands free of charge, and printed on T-shirts available to purchase at the ceremonies.

When you complete your e:Vision reply task, you will be asked whether or not you give consent for your name to be included in the booklet and/or on the T-shirt.

If you are attending the ceremony in person your photograph will be taken whilst you are on stage receiving your award. These images will be available to view on the day of the ceremony and may also be published online.

The ceremonies are broadcast on the internet, on a live link to external screens, and are recorded for distribution on DVD. By attending the ceremony you and your guests are consenting to be included in this broadcast.

If you have any questions please email us.

You’ve got the degree, now buy the t-shirt! We’ve teamed up with the brilliant Campus Clothing to offer you the chance to celebrate your graduation with a ‘Class of 2019’ hoodie or t-shirt. All garments are fair trade, and already have your name and those of your fellow course mates printed on the back.  You can even add bespoke personalisation to make your memento that extra bit special.

The friendly Campus Clothing staff will have a stall at your ceremony,  but you can skip the queues and avoid disappointment by pre-ordering at CampusClothing/Bradford. Don’t forget to follow their updates on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to win prizes and live graduation updates @CampusClassof.

Graduation privacy notice

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 provide for a number of different legal bases under which processing of personal data may take place.