Dates and tickets

Students who have their qualifications conferred at an Award Board which has taken place by 30 June, are eligible to attend our summer awards ceremonies. Students who have their qualification conferred at an Award Board by 28 October will be eligible to attend our autumn awards ceremonies.

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How do I book my tickets?

If you are eligible to attend the graduation ceremonies in July, you should receive an email to your student email account advising you to log on to your e:Vision portal to confirm your own attendance and purchase guest tickets.

If you are expecting to have completed your award by June and do not receive an email, please get in touch with the team at graduation@staffs.ac.uk.

How much are the tickets?

As a graduate, your ticket to attend the graduation ceremony is free. We are pleased to confirm that, despite cost increases, we have been able to maintain a guest ticket price of £15 each for this year.

Awards ceremonies are a landmark occasion for every one of our graduating students. Although graduate tickets are free, there is a charge for guests which is standard practice at most University graduation ceremonies.

All guest tickets are non-refundable, unless the student is ineligible to attend due to non-completion of their award.

How many guest tickets can I purchase?

During the initial booking stage for our July ceremonies, you will be able to confirm your own attendance and purchase up to three guest tickets. We are pleased that we have been able to expand the number of guest tickets to three for this year, following feedback from our students. You will be able to make us aware of any additional requirements you or your guests may require at the point your book tickets.

If there is capacity in some ceremonies to re-open bookings for additional guest tickets we’ll contact you to advise you of this. Please be aware that this will be on a ceremony by ceremony basis and is dependent on remaining capacity once all graduates have had the opportunity to confirm their own attendance and book tickets.

As we can’t guarantee that additional tickets will be available, you should confirm your own attendance and up to three guest tickets as soon as possible. Any additional tickets released will only be available for graduates who have already booked tickets.

If either you or one of your guests requires the support of a professional carer or support worker in order to attend the ceremony, please advise us of this when you book your tickets. We will be able to provide one additional ticket per student or guest requiring this support and this will be free of charge. Please note that we will ask for evidence of professional carer/support worker status, before issuing any additional carer/support worker tickets.

Do children need their own guest tickets?

We welcome children to our graduation ceremonies, and they will need their own guest ticket.  Children will require their own ticket even if they are small enough not to require their own seat. This is to ensure we do not exceed the maximum fire safety capacities of our venues, which are based on the number of people who will be in the spaces, rather than the number of seats used.

Do I still need to book online if I am attending on my own with no guests?

Yes. All students must confirm their attendance via the online booking system, even if they are not requesting any guest tickets.

When will I receive my tickets?

Student and guest tickets will be given out at reception when you register your arrival on the day of your ceremony.


If you do not wish to attend graduation there is an option on the MyPortal booking system to notify us of this.

What happens if I cannot attend on the date of my ceremony, can I defer my graduation?

If you can no longer attend your graduation, you must notify the Graduation Office at graduation@staffs.ac.uk . We can only defer your graduation in exceptional circumstances, and you will be expected to attend the next available graduation ceremony.

If you wish to request to defer your graduation, you must contact the team at graduation@staffs.ac.uk.

Please note that all guest tickets are non-refundable unless you are ineligible to attend due to the non-completion of your course.

Dress code for guests

Although there is no dress code for our ceremonies, as it is a formal occasion, we tend to find guests dress smartly and appropriately.

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