Congratulations on completing your studies at the University of Lincoln. You will soon be attending your graduation ceremony at Lincoln's magnificent Cathedral. The following page will help you to plan your graduation.

The University's next graduation ceremonies will be taking place on week commencing Monday 10th September 2018, if you are eligible to attend, we will be in contact with you in due course with further details on how to register your attendance.  Please ensure your personal email contact details are up to date.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions of Graduation Attendance for full details, please contact the graduation team at for any queries. 

We look forward to seeing you and hope you have an excellent graduation day.

To attend the Graduation ceremony, you must register by completing our online registration process. This can be done via our ticketing and gowning company, William Northam. You will be notified by email when registration opens.

How to Register

To gain access to the online registration site, please click on the link below:

Registration for Graduation Ceremonies

Fill in the details in the new customer box, then enter your university student ID (first 3 letters of your surname followed by your 8 digit ID), Surname and then your University email address (as noted in the invitation email). Once you have created an account you will be able to amend your email address and other contact details by selecting the ‘my details’ option. Please make note of all login details, as you may need these for purchasing extra tickets in the future.

The online site will allow you to register your place at the ceremony, book up to 2 complimentary guest tickets and organise gown hire. Subject to availability, you will also be able to purchase extra tickets after the initial registration deadline

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide during registration as proof of your booking. This email address will be used to send future correspondence regarding the ceremony. Therefore, please ensure you fully complete the registration process and provide your correct details. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please log back in and check your booking.

What if I can't attend?

If you do not wish to attend a graduation ceremony, or are unable to attend this ceremony, please contact us at and we can invite you to the following set of ceremonies.

Please note: attendance at graduation is subject to the successful completion of your award and payment of any outstanding tuition fees.

Please see our Terms and Conditions of Graduation Attendance with reference to late registrations.

Each student is guaranteed their own ticket plus two complimentary guest tickets when they book. This process can be done via William Northam, the University academic gown hire and ticketing company.

Please note that your own ticket will have a seat number printed on it. It is imperative that you sit in the seat allocated to you as it determines the order you will cross the stage during the ceremony. Your ticket will allow you admittance to the celebration reception and also contains a free drinks voucher, so please keep hold of your ticket.

Each student can order two complimentary guest tickets at the time of booking.

Extra tickets over and above the two complimentary tickets will be subject to availability and the number available for each registered student to purchase will be calculated for each ceremony after the registration deadline. If extra tickets are available these will be limited in number and sold on a first come first serve basis. All registered students will be informed by email with details on how many extra tickets can be purchased for each ceremony, and when extra ticket sales will be available for purchase. Extra tickets will be available to purchase through the graduation registration website at a cost of £15 per ticket (including VAT). Subject to availability, any remaining guest tickets can be purchased on the day of the graduation ceremonies.

Tickets will NOT be sent in the post. A ticket email will be sent to the email address provided during registration. This email will be sent after extra ticket sales have closed. You will need to bring this email with you as proof of ID to collect your tickets from the ticketing desk. Your ticket email will state what time you can collect your tickets, and where from.

Please ensure you book your gown well in advance of your graduation date by visiting the gowning website. This can be hired or bought from William Northam, the University academic gown hire company. You will collect your gown on the day of your ceremony.

The deadline to book your gown is TBC

The link to hire your gown is below:

Mortarboard and gownhire

The dress code for the ceremony is smart. Remember that academic gowns do not hide what is worn underneath, so what you wear will be very visible to the entire congregation. Gowns are also more difficult to wear over very casual clothes as they do not ‘sit’ well on the shoulders. Buttoned shirts are helpful for securing your gown hood and jackets help keep the gown in place. Your gown will slip if worn over silky fabric and very low‐cut tops leave you with no means of keeping the hood in place. Please avoid jeans, trainers, casual sandals, open‐necked shirts, T‐shirts and shorts as they are inappropriate for a formal graduation ceremony.

Finally, remember you will have to wear a mortar board, so take care that your hair style will allow you to do so.

Please note: It is a requirement that all graduands attending their graduation ceremony wear the appropriate University of Lincoln academic dress.

Immediately after the Graduation ceremony an Alumni celebration reception will take place in a marquee in the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

All graduates are invited to attend this reception with their guests. After the ceremony the academics will process out of the Cathedral and to the Castle. We ask students to join this procession and meet their guests in the Castle grounds and then to attend the Celebration reception.

Drinks will be available from the paid bar. After the reception, you will be able to return your gowns.

Only guests with tickets will be able to attend the celebration reception.


The University does not provide parking for the graduation ceremonies. There are 'pay and display' car parks near to the Cathedral and Castle that also have disabled parking bays. Please allow plenty of time to arrive in Lincoln and find a parking space before the ceremony begins, as these car parks can get busy.

Car parks in Lincoln (please note that the Castle Hill car park may be closed over the graduation period).


All students who wish to attend their graduation will be required to complete an online registration form. By completing the registration form you are consenting that the information collected can be used for graduation purposes and shared with appropriate departments within the University such as Finance and Alumni. The information will not be disclosed to any third parties outside the University of Lincoln.

Graduation Ceremonies as a Public Event

The University of Lincoln’s bi-annual graduation ceremonies held in January and September are considered to be public events. This means that the names and award titles, but no classifications, of all graduands (including those graduating in absentia) are published in the graduation brochure. In addition, the names of graduands will be provided to our external supplier for use on graduation products such as graduation t-shirts and hoodies. This does not include award titles or any other information.


The University’s official photographers are Tempest Graduation Photography. They will be available in the photography studio in the Castle Grounds, before or after your ceremony.

Visit Tempest Graduation Photography to view packages and prices. Unfortunately, it is not possible to pre-order a photography package, but these can be ordered during and after your ceremony.


There will be a professional video recording taken of each graduation ceremony, this will be streamed on the University of Lincoln’s website and will be available for purchase on DVD after the ceremony. Graduates and guests seated in the Cathedral should be aware that they may appear on this recording.

The Press

The local press may be in attendance at the ceremonies and may take photographs and video footage. They will not use individual or small group shots of you without asking for your consent first.


We are usually only able to discuss student-related matters directly with the student concerned and are not at liberty to divulge information or take instruction from a third party, even if that person is a family member.

Additional Information

We need to know if graduands or their guests require any additional requirements (e.g. for health or mobility reasons), so that appropriate support and adjustments can be made on the day. This information is held securely and only shared with those involved in the running of the ceremony, such as the graduation ushers. Any information regarding a student or their guests’ additional requirements will be deleted immediately after the ceremonies have taken place. 

My visa will expire before my graduation ceremony, how can I attend my graduation?

If your visa expires before your graduation ceremony you will need to return home before your visa expires and apply for a Standard Visit Visa to return to the UK (your family can also apply for this visa). When you are issued with a Standard Visit Visa you can then attend graduation using this visa to travel to the UK. It can take some time to receive this visa so you need to apply well in advance of your graduation ceremony. There are a number of documents you need to prepare for the visa application and this may also take some time. It is important that you research this visa carefully to ensure your visa application is successful.

For more information about Standard Visit Visas, visit our website.
Information from the Home Office about Standard Visit Visas is available on the website.

If you have any questions about your visa please contact the International Advice Team either by emailing or if you are in Lincoln attend their drop-in Monday-Friday between 12pm-2pm in the Student Support Centre.


Appreciate every minute of your graduation. A majority of you will only get one graduation day and a lot of the friends you have made across the three years of studies will be leaving for different parts of the country and the world, enjoy the day, make the most of it and speak with as many as your peers as possible. Although the day itself will pass as quickly as the three years spent at the University, you will remember the day for the rest of your life.

Sam Biggs, University of Lincoln graduate

After Graduation

Now that you have graduated we hope you will continue to stay in touch through our Alumni community

Being part of the Lincoln Alumni Network is about staying connected with friends, opportunities, and with what’s going on at the University. It is also about looking to the future – and working in partnership for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the following benefits:

  • Receive alumni e-newsletters
  • Create a profile
  • Register for events
  • Search directories for friends
  • Check and update your details
  • Network with other University of Lincoln alumni
  • Access a range of on campus services
  • Receive discounts from national companies.

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