Before you graduate

Are you attending?

You will receive your graduation invitation via email. Even if you do not wish to attend the ceremony in person it is important that you reply so that we can make arrangements for you to receive your certificate.

Please respond by the deadline 28th June 2019.

PDF reply form

Partner institution students

Pre-book your Graduation gown and photographs

Please visit the University's official gown hire and photography website for information and to pre-book your gown and Graduation photography.  Please note - ordering online will close the week before your ceremony. Pre-booking will save you time on the day.

Gowns should be collected from the Sports Hall, and the photographers' studio will also be located in the Sports Hall.  You may choose to have your photographs taken before you graduate but please ensure you allow enough time to collect your gown, register and be seated on time for your ceremony in the Great Hall. 

Your photograph will also be taken when you receive your certificate on stage. Your guests may take photographs during the ceremony but should remain seated throughout.



Gown hire and photography opening times

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Gown Hire - Sports Hall, 8:00-19:30

Photography - Sports Hall, 8:00-19:30


Thursday 18th July 2019

Gown Hire - Sports Hall, 8:00-17:00

Photography - Sports Hall, 8:00-17:00

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Gown Hire - Sports Hall, 8:00-17:00

Photography - Sports Hall, 8:00-17:00

Before you graduate - your checklist

  • Reply to your graduation ceremony invitation via e:Vision
  • If required book guest tickets (max. 2)
  • Inform us of any special seating requirements 
  • Order your gown
  • Pre-book your Graduation photography if required
  • Order additional guest tickets, if required, during advertised release period

Not attending the graduation ceremony in person?

  • Reply via e:Vision choosing the option to defer or graduate in absentia
  • Choose the option for receiving your certificate*

*Certificates will be issued after the graduation ceremony has taken place.

If you are due to graduate in July 2019 you should receive an invitation by email by early May. If you have not heard from us by this time please contact us via email.

Once you have received your invitation please log into e:Vision and complete the task. If you no longer have access to e:Vision please complete the PDF reply form.

Please complete your reply before the deadline of 28 June 2019.

It is important that you reply to your ceremony invitation even if you are not planning to attend the ceremony in person. If you don’t wish to attend you can choose to graduate in absentia or defer* to a future ceremony.

*You can only defer graduation once. If you have already deferred from December 2018 you cannot choose this option again.

You can request up to 2 guest tickets when replying to your ceremony invitation. These tickets are free of charge.

You do not need to request a ticket for yourself.  Please note that graduands will be seated in a separate part of the Great Hall from the guest seating area.

Additional tickets – due to limited seating we cannot guarantee more than 2 tickets per graduand. However, if there are any spare tickets these will go on sale the week before the ceremony.

The maximum number of additional tickets that can be purchased is usually restricted to 2 per person.

Screening tickets – the ceremonies are broadcast on a large screen in the Horton Barn for guests who do not have tickets for the Great Hall. These tickets are free of charge and are available on a first come first served basis.

All tickets are issued at the Registration Desks in the Small Hall on the day of the ceremony.

Children are welcome at the ceremonies; however the ceremonies may prove to be too long for younger children who may become restless.  

Children over two years old must have their own seat in the Great Hall and therefore must be included in your guest numbers. Children up to the age of two must sit on an adult's lap and do not require a separate ticket. This is due to health and safety regulations that require all participants and guests at the ceremonies to be seated.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed into Great Hall or the screening venue without being accompanied by an adult. 

Please note: the guest seating area is in a separate part of the hall from the graduands’ seating area.  If graduands wish to bring children under the age of 16 they must be accompanied by another adult and cannot be seated with the graduands.

For the comfort of other guests, parents or carers may be asked to take any child who becomes agitated or distressed out of the Great Hall to the foyer area.

The ceremonies are broadcast on a large screen at a separate venue on campus and guests with very young children may prefer to watch the ceremony on the large screen.  Tickets for the screening are free of charge, are only available on the day of the ceremony from the Registration Desk in the Small Hall, are limited to four tickets per graduand and are issued strictly first come first served.


If you and/or your guests require seating adjustments for your graduation ceremony, please ensure you provide full details when completing the e:Vision reply task or the reply form.

Please read the guidance on disabled access on campus.

The graduation ceremonies are an official occasion and although there is no formal dress code smart dress is required. For ease of fitting your gown it is recommended that you wear a shirt/blouse with buttons.  Graduands must wear academic dress appropriate to their award in order to attend their ceremony.

Academic dress, ie gown and hat, should be ordered online from Marston Events.  If you have any queries you can call them on +44 (0)1264 339 706.

Please note that there is a limited stock of gowns to hire on the day of your ceremony but payment on the day must be made in cash (£49).

Gowns will be available to collect from the Sports Hall.

There are lots of hotels in and around Bradford.

Find more details on our local hotels page, and on the Visit Bradford website.

The graduation ceremonies are held on the University's main City Campus. 

When travelling to Bradford on the day of your graduation ceremony it is very important that you allow plenty of time to make your journey.

We recommend that you allow sufficient time to travel to the venue (Great Hall on City Campus) with ample time to collect your ceremony tickets, graduation gown and have any photographs taken.


There will be limited parking available on City Campus on graduation ceremony days and this is provided on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, please see information about local car parks in Bradford.

Parking is also available for guests who are Blue Badge holders.

If you have any queries regarding this please email us.

If you or your guests are travelling from overseas and require a letter in support of an application for a travel visa, please visit one of the MyBradford locations or email the MyBradford team

You will need to provide staff with the following information for each person travelling:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • dates of travel (& duration of stay in the UK)

For details of MyBradford, including opening times, please visit their website.

If you are travelling during the discretionary period of your student Tier 4 visa, please refer to our Visa Support information for guidance.

The names of graduands are published in a Graduation booklet distributed to all graduands free of charge, and printed on T-shirts available to purchase at the ceremonies.

When you complete your e:Vision reply task, you will be asked whether or not you give consent for your name to be included in the booklet and/or on the T-shirt.

If you are attending the ceremony in person your photograph will be taken whilst you are on stage receiving your award. These images will be available to view on the day of the ceremony and may also be published online.

The ceremonies are broadcast on the internet, on a live link to external screens, and are recorded for distribution on DVD. By attending the ceremony you and your guests are consenting to be included in this broadcast.

If you have any questions please email us.

Graduation privacy notice

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 provide for a number of different legal bases under which processing of personal data may take place.