Students Staff



University of Essex

Attendance and eligibility

We are proud of all our graduates and believe strongly that they deserve an amazing Graduation event. We are also committed to keeping them and their loved ones safe during the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. After considering all possible options for COVID-safe precautions, we have concluded that, at this stage of the pandemic, we cannot yet proceed with confidence to offer Graduation ceremonies in July 2021. We remain fully committed to inviting all our 2020 and 2021 graduates to celebrate at an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so and we are confident we can deliver the best possible event.

  • Joint degree students

    Joint degrees are administered by one department and you will attend the ceremony for this department. Taught students can check which department they belong to by accessing myEssex and selecting 'Education'. Select 'my scheme for this year' and your Programme specification will detail the name of your department.

  • Can I defer my graduation?

    It is not possible to defer your graduation. All students who have either completed their award or are due to complete their award this year (by a given deadline) will be invited to attend the forthcoming Graduation. If you are invited this year, you may not attend a ceremony in a subsequent year.

  • Can I choose which ceremony to attend?

  • Do I have to attend a ceremony?

    You can graduate 'in absentia' which means in your absence. Your certificate will be posted to your permanent home address approximately two weeks after the date of the ceremony. It is very important that you keep your permanent home address and external email address up to date via myEssex.

    If you wish to collect your certificate, please notify the Graduation Office by emailing:

    If you decide to attend a ceremony, you must book your place by using our online booking system which is open from April to June. You will be emailed in April with a link to the booking system.

  • How much do I have to pay to graduate?

    Gown hire

    If you attend the ceremony you will be required to wear an academic robe, this needs to be hired and will incur a charge.

    Your ticket

    You do not have to pay for your own Graduation ticket which allows you entry to your ceremony and your departmental reception afterwards. A complimentary Graduation programme which includes your name, and a Certificate holder will also be available to take away with you.

    Guest tickets

    In the first phase of the online booking system, each student can purchase two tickets at a cost of £25 which will admit guests to the graduation ceremony in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall and entrance with you to the departmental reception, which includes light refreshments.


  • Graduating with an appeal in progress

    Until your appeal is concluded, your eligibility to graduate is determined by your published examination results.


    If you are a postgraduate student and your published result was to be awarded a Diploma, you would attend Graduation and be granted a Diploma of the University. If your appeal is subsequently upheld and you were awarded a Masters degree, you would receive a replacement certificate on return of the Diploma certificate. You would not be invited to attend another Graduation.


    If you are an undergraduate student who has been awarded a degree but is appealing against the class, there is no impact upon your attendance at Graduation. The class of the degree is not published in the Graduation programme, but you would receive a new award certificate if an appeal was upheld.

  • Unpaid debts

    You will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony if you are still in debt to the University on the day of your graduation. This is regardless of whether your debt is educational or non-educational.

    You can clear your debt any time up to, and including, the day of your ceremony via:

    • myEssex
    • phoning our Income Team: +44 (0)1206 872372

    If you don't clear your debts until after Graduation takes place you will not be invited to a future Graduation. Your certificate will be available once the debt has been cleared.

    Please refer to the University's Student debt policy. (.pdf)

  • Pending disciplinary hearings

    If a disciplinary case is ongoing or outstanding your award will not be conferred and you will not be able to attend Graduation. Please refer to the University's Regulations relating to Academic Affairs (6.28).

  • Thesis submission - deadline (research students)

    The deadline for postgraduate research students to submit their thesis to the Research Repository in order to join Graduation is Friday 3 July 2020 at 5pm.

    Research students must have had their award conferred upon them in order to attend a Graduation ceremony. Students will receive confirmation of this in writing from the Postgraduate Research Education Team once they have submitted copies of their thesis to the Research Repository. Please ensure that you visit the Student Services Hub on the first floor of the Silberrad Student Centre during their opening hours to check that your attendance at Graduation can be processed in time.

    Students who do not manage to have their award conferred upon them before their Graduation ceremony will receive a refund in August for any guest tickets purchased. If a refund on gown hire is required, then students should contact the University's official gowning company.

Watch online

Graduation ceremony

We broadcast our Graduation ceremonies online, so if you or your guests can't attend, they will be available to watch during the week of Graduation. You can also purchase a DVD of your ceremony.

Guest tickets

Three graduation students

Guest tickets will be available to purchase and will admit the ticket holder to the Graduation Ceremony in the Ivor Crewe and to the departmental reception.

Gown hire

Three graduation students

All graduating students attending the graduation ceremony wear academic robes of the University of Essex (gown, cap/mortar board and hood) appropriate to the degree being conferred.

Graduation schedule

Three graduation students

When you graduate you attend the graduation ceremony for your Department, School or Centre and your departmental reception, giving you the opportunity to celebrate your degree with staff and fellow students.