Graduation Ceremonies 2022

Graduation Ceremonies 2022

On the day

On the day:

Detailed information about what to do on the day, including what time to arrive for your ceremony and where to go, will be shared with graduands in advance of their ceremony by email.  

January 2022 graduation ceremonies are taking place at Toabcco Dock, Wapping. 

You must arrive at Tobacco Dock two hours before your ceremony is due to commence. This is to ensure you allow enough time to chec in, collect your gown and be seated in the ceremony venue 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. All students must have a pre-booked graduand ticket and they will not be able to take part in the ceremony without it.? 

Step 1. Ticket collection.

Step 2.?Gown collection and photography.  

Step 3. Graduation Ceremony.  

Please arrive at the ceremony 30 minutes before the ceremony. Each ceremony lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours. Late graduands will not be admitted to the ceremony and will have to defer their graduation ceremony.? 

Step 4.?Celebrate your success:
Celebrate with your friends and family 

Step 5. Gown Return:  
Please return your gown after your reception finishes. 

As advertised in pre-event communications, all graduands and guests must have taken their seats in the ceremony 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. Any late graduands will not be admitted into the ceremony and will have to defer their place. Any late guests will not be guaranteed their assigned seat and may be refused entry. 

Also don't forget to: 

  • Have a professional photograph taken.?Photography studios open 2 hours before your ceremony starts. 
  • Collect your Alumni card and learn about Alumni benefits:
    Graduation is your first Alumni event and you will be able to join our Alumni network on the day. For more details please visit [link to alumni page.] ? 
  • Purchase a souvenir:
    'Campus Clothing' will be offering a great range of souvenirs and gifts on the day, many of which can be instantly personalised. 
  • Share Your story using our hashtag #QMULGrad:
    Capitalise on your big day to receive all likes and retweets you ever wanted with #QMULGrad. Twitter and Instagram posts may be featured?in our social media stream.? 

Other Information: 

Please be aware that if you do not wish to shake hands with the Principal on religious grounds when walking on stage, you should carry your graduation ceremony programme in your hand as you cross the stage and he will act appropriately. 

How to find Tobacco Dock:

Tobacco Dock is located in the Wapping District of East London. Tobacco Dock is located between Wapping (Overground) and Shadwell (Overground and DLR) both of which are a 5 minute walk from the venue. There are also pleanty of nearby bus stops (routes 100 and D3). You can instructions on how to find Tobacco Dock here.  

What to Wear:

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and we request graduands and their guests dress appropriately.?Academic dress?is compulsory to attend the ceremonies. Please see our Academic Gowning page for further details.

Jeans and trainers are not acceptable forms of dress for a graduation ceremony. 


There is no parking available on site at Tobacco Dock, however there is a car park opposite the venue. Spaces can be pre-booked through the car park website.

Access requirements:

If you or any of your guests have any access requirements which the Events and Ceremonies Team should be aware of, you must inform us of them when booking your tickets. There is a section in the online booking system where you can let us know of such requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them. 

Gown return at Mile End: 

We appreciate the importance of our campuses for your university experience and have made arrangements for an additional gown return at Mile End campus, so graduates will to be able to travel to our Mile End campus in their graduation gownand take photos before returning their gowns. Further information will be provided nearer the time of the ceremonies.