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A large group of graduands in robes and hoods congregating in the Castle Great Hall


For Summer Congregation 2022, each student attending is guaranteed up to 2 tickets, with the opportunity to obtain 1 additional ticket, dependant on availability. 

  • All tickets are available to order via the registration system which will open on a staggered basis as detailed on the How to Register page.
  • Only students can request guest tickets.
  • Guests must have a ticket to enter the Cathedral, graduates (students) do not require a ticket.
  • There is no charge for tickets.

Everyone is welcome to come to the marquee to enjoy the activities in the Congregation Fair. Guests without tickets can watch a live stream of the ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms (located on the Bailey). Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Ticket Collection

Guests or graduands can collect tickets on the day of the ceremony (only tickets for that day's ceremonies will be available to collect) from the Guest Ticket Desk in the marquee.

Tickets can be collecting from the following times:

  • 9:00 am ceremony from 7:15 am
  • 11:00 am ceremony from 9:00 am
  • 1:45 pm ceremony from 11:00 am
  • 3:45 pm ceremony from 1:30 pm 


Guests will be guided into seats by University marshals as they arrive in the Cathedral, seated from the front to the back on a first come, first served basis. The view of the stage from the Side Aisles is restricted due to the Cathedral architecture, however television monitors are installed throughout the Cathedral to enhance the viewing of the ceremony.

The ceremony is a formal occasion and disruptions by small children can disturb the graduands and their guests. Please consider this before bringing a small child along. Children that require a seat will need a ticket, only babies (under 2 years old) can sit on guest's knees.The ceremony will also be streamed live to the Assembly Rooms (located on the Bailey), which may be more comfortable for guests with small children, but please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.