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What is a degree ceremony?

The University holds an annual series of degree ceremonies for the presentation of graduates. Graduates are presented to the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor or one of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors. You will be invited to reserve a place for presentation at a degree ceremony through StudentHome once you are eligible.
Degree ceremonies are not compulsory and you do not have to attend one to receive your qualification. Regardless of your attendance at a degree ceremony, the certificate for your qualification will be sent to you in the post. More information is available at the ceremonies website.


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When and how can I book a ceremony place?

You can be presented at a degree ceremony if you have completed a research degree, a taught Doctorate, a Masters degree, a Bachelors degree, a Foundation Degree, a Diploma of Higher Education or the Professional Certificate in Education.
Provided that you have completed the correct modules, and they are all linked to the qualification, you should expect to see either an award offer, or confirmation of the award, to appear on StudentHome within five working days of your final module result being released. You will be then be given all the information you need to book a ceremony either online or via telephone. Further information is available at the ceremonies website.


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Is there academic dress? And do I have to wear it?

Open University academic dress consists of hood and gown. Mortarboards are not worn at Open University degree ceremonies. The gowns are differing shades of blue, and the hoods are various mixtures of blue, white and gold, according to the type of degree you have achieved. Details are available in the helpful information section of the ceremonies website.

You do not have to wear academic dress, and there is no formal dress code for the event. However, the majority of graduates do wear academic dress and are usually dressed quite smartly.

You are not permitted to wear academic dress from other institutions while you are being presented for an Open University degree - it must be the correct academic dress, or no academic dress. Likewise, graduates who arrange to wear mortarboards from elsewhere will be asked not to wear them during the ceremony itself.

Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd provides official gown hire on behalf of the University at each ceremony.


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How much does it cost to attend a degree ceremony?

Generally, as a graduate you can attend any ceremony free of charge. The only exception to this is for the ceremony in Versailles where, due to the higher costs of arranging a ceremony on the continent, graduates are charged £17.00. There is a charge for each guest you bring and a charge for hire of academic dress.

Payment for guest tickets is required at the time of booking and can be taken by telephone or online by credit or debit card. Guest tickets are non-refundable. Graduates unable to book online can provisionally book a place which will be kept open for two weeks while a cheque is posted to the Centre for Qualifications and Ceremonies. Please telephone +44 (0)1908 653003.

Hire of academic dress is provided by Ede and Ravenscroft and can be organised via their website or by telephone in advance of the ceremony. Costs are available on their website. For further information please see our Ceremonies website.


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When and where do the ceremonies take place?

Most degree ceremonies are held between March and June with a smaller number in September, October and November in towns and cities in the UK. Dates and locations are available at the ceremonies website including detailed information about the venues and their accessibility.

Eligible graduates can attend any of the ceremonies offered if places are available and subject to the booking period outlined on the ceremonies website. For certain ceremonies, priority is given to graduates living locally for a short period of time.


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