Confirm your attendance and buy guest tickets

Celebrate with family and friends

Your graduation ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to mark and recognise all you have achieved and to celebrate with family and friends.

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As a graduate you need to confirm your attendance but do not need to buy a ticket to attend your ceremony.

How do I confirm my attendance?

You can confirm your attendance between 23 July and 4 September, using the My Graduation tile that will appear on your e:Vision. Confirming your attendance is free of charge. The Graduation tile will appear on 23 July and contain details about your ceremony, including the day, time, and location.

If your final award is not due until September, please still confirm your attendance (see further information below 'My award is due to be confirmed in September, what should I do?')

We need to know by 4 September if you are planning to attend. If you have not confirmed your attendance by this date, we'll assume you do not wish to attend (and your guest allocation will be made available to other graduates, subject to ceremony availability).

How do I purchase guest tickets?

Once you have confirmed your attendance, you will be able to purchase guest tickets (maximum of three) at £25 per ticket including VAT. Guest tickets are used for entry to the ceremony and the post-ceremony reception, where you will receive a complimentary drink. Your guest ticket will also include a souvenir programme on arrival to the ceremony.

Guest tickets are purchased via the My Graduation tab on your e:Vision between 23 July and 4 September. If you haven’t purchased guest tickets by 4 September your guest allocation will be made available to other graduates, subject to ceremony availability.

I would like to purchase more than three guest tickets

On 5 September we will publish which ceremonies have guest tickets available and on 6 September we will re-open the online booking via the My Graduation tile on eVision. Additional tickets are purchased on a first come, first served basis (still priced at £25) and the online booking will be available until the ceremony is full or 26 September.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to have additional guest tickets available for every ceremony. If you are unable to secure ceremony tickets for all of your guests they are still able to join you for the build-up (including the photography and gowning) and they will be able to watch the ceremony via a live stream to various areas near the ceremony venue, which will be signposted on the day. We are not able to keep a waiting list or make special exceptions for guest tickets.

My award is due to be confirmed in September, what should I do?

If you would like to attend graduation you should confirm your attendance in advance of the closing date of 4 September (as detailed above). If you have not confirmed your attendance by 4 September we'll assume you do not wish to attend and your guest allocation will be made available to other graduates (subject to ceremony availability).

Your booking will be provisional, subject to your award being confirmed before the end of September 2018. If you are unsure of your Anglia Ruskin University Awards Board date, please email us at

If your award is confirmed at the Awards Board, you will see confirmation of this at the bottom of your results page in e-Vision. An award letter and final EDS transcript will then be sent to your home address in e-vision on the Official Publication of Results date

If you have confirmed your attendance for your ceremony and your award is not confirmed as expected at your awards board, you will be notified by email that your booking is either cancelled or pending and that you should not attend unless you receive confirmation from us. The refund for any guest tickets will be processed within 30 working days of receiving our email. Refunds are made back to the card used to purchase the tickets.

If you have failed an assessment and have a reassessment opportunity in the next academic year then we would encourage you to continue to complete your intended award and look forward to seeing you in 2019. To cancel your robe hire, please contact Ede & Ravenscroft on 01223 861854.

When will I receive my guest tickets?

You will collect your guest tickets from the check-in desk on the day of your ceremony. Please note, guest tickets are not transferable between graduates. You will be asked to present your ticket confirmation receipt (printed from eVision) on collection of your tickets.

Robe hire

As this is a formal event, you’ll need to arrange robe hire for your graduation ceremony. Your entire robe package (gown, mortar board and hood) can be booked from 23 July via Ede & Ravenscroft. To ensure a robe is available for you on the day, you will need to have booked your robe at least 21 days before your ceremony. Robe hire cannot be guaranteed after this date and if available it maybe at a higher hire rate.


Graduands are seated separately to guests. This is because our graduands are seated in the correct order to cross the stage after their name is read out. Each row will be directed to the stage at the correct time by our Conferment staff.

Guest tickets do not have allocated seat numbers, so your guests will be directed to the best available seats on the day. If your guests arrive late or separately, we may not be able to seat them together.

If you, or any of your guests, have any special seating requirements, these can be noted at the time of purchasing tickets and we will endeavour to accommodate you.

Once the ceremony has started guests are requested to remain in their seats so they do not disturb the ceremony.

Children at the ceremony

We appreciate that your graduation is a family celebration and whilst children are most welcome to attend, experience has shown they can become bored and restless during ceremonies. However, we understand it is not always possible to make alternative childcare arrangements. 

Children under the age of five may enter free of charge but are required to sit on the lap of the accompanying adult. Children aged five and above must have their own ticket and seat. There are no concessions for children. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; please note that children cannot be seated with the graduand.

Buggies and seat carriers are not permitted in ceremony venues, due to space restrictions. These items can be left in a designated unsupervised area at the owner's risk.