Students Staff



University of Essex


Your graduation ceremony will be held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. The Hall opens 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. Students and guests need to be seated 20 minutes before the start time. The doors will close 15 minutes before the ceremony begins and will re-open ten minutes after the ceremony’s advertised starting time.

Stewards will be on duty at all times to help and advise you. An enquiry desk will be situated in the Lecture Theatre Building (LTB), room 6.

Parking in the University car parks is free in Graduation week.

  • Travel information

    Travelling to our Colchester Campus

    Disabled parking facilities

    The Colchester Campus and buildings are better suited to physical access than most. For those with mobility problems, almost every part of the University can be reached by flat access, lift or ramp. For further information on access and parking arrangements, please contact our Security Office in advance of your visit:

  • Gown collection

    All academic robes will be available for collection from LTB 7 on the day of your graduation ceremony. Your gown will be available to collect 1-2 hours before your ceremony.

    Please also remember to return your gown after the ceremony to LTB 2.

  • Ticket collection

    You will be able to collect your tickets from LTB 6 on the day of your graduation 1-2 hours before your ceremony.

    Bring/show confirmation of your booking

    Please bring/show (in hard copy or on your device) the email confirmation you received when you booked your place and if you purchased any guest tickets. Also bring your Student Registration/Library card, or some form of photo ID. Any paperwork or emails you have received from the gown company or photographer should also be brought. We can then check to see what you have ordered if necessary.

  • Facilities for students and guests

    Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

    There will be a staffed cloakroom on the ground level of the Hall for you to leave your coat and belongings while you're at the ceremony.


    Our catering outlets on campus will be open during Graduation. In addition there will be a variety of refreshments available in the squares - from BBQs and ice cream to waffles and strawberries.

  • Absence from the ceremony

    Your degree will be conferred 'in absentia' and your certificate will be posted to your permanent home address during August. You will not be invited to a subsequent ceremony. Please note that it is very important that you keep your permanent home address and external email address up to date via myEssex.