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

The University's next graduation ceremonies will be taking place during the week commencing 6 September 2021.

To be eligible to attend the September 2021 graduation ceremonies, your award must have been conferred by a University Board of Examiners on or before 30 September 2020.

If your award is conferred after 30 September 2020, you will be invited to attend graduation ceremonies as follows:

Examination Board Award Proposed Ceremony
20 Dec 2019 to 30 Sep 2020 September 2021
1 Oct 2020 to 18 Dec 2020 January 2022
19 Dec 2020 to 30 Sep 2021 April 2022
1 Oct 2021 to 17 Dec 2021 January 2022
18 Dec 2021 to 31 July 2022 September 2022

Please refer to our Graduation Terms and Conditions September 2021 for details.

We recognise that, while the above news is likely to be broadly welcomed by those whose graduation was postponed from September 2020, for others it may be disappointing. However, on balance, and having consulted further with our students, the University believes that this is the fairest approach that can be taken, given the various constraints and uncertainties within which we are operating. We are grateful to those students, staff and other interested parties who have contributed to our discussions towards staging the graduation ceremonies we all want.

If you will be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony during the week commencing 6 September 2021, we will be in contact with you in July 2021 with further details on how to register your attendance. Please ensure your personal contact details are up to date, specifically, your personal email account and permanent address. These are used for graduation communication and certificate details.

If you have not received an email regarding your graduation ceremony by 6 August 2021 and believe you are eligible to attend, please contact the graduation team at

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. You will be notified by email in late July 2021 regarding registration opening times and the required information.

How To Register

You will need your registration email, sent by, with our personalised login details to gain access to the online registration site William Northam.

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 complimentary guest tickets, and organise gown hire.

For additional guidance please view the video links below

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. 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.

Please see our Graduation Terms and Conditions September 2021 with reference to late registrations.

What if I registered for the April 2021 ceremony that is now happening in September?

William Northam will transfer any existing booking to the relevant September 2021 ceremony, including any gown hire and you will be able to log back into your account using your existing details to review your account from the 2nd August 2021.

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 If you have completed the registration process already, please also cancel your place and cancel your gown hire purchase with William Northam directly. 

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

Graduand Ticket

Each Graduand is guaranteed a ticket and, subject to government guidelines on social distancing, two complimentary guest tickets to attend a ceremony when registering before the deadline of the 25 August 2021.

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.

Ticket Email

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 ticket sales have closed. You will need to bring this email and photo ID with you to collect your tickets from the ticketing desk. Your ticket email will state what time you can collect your tickets, and where from.

For ticket enquiries, please contact the graduation team at

Guest Tickets

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

Children under the age of three do not need to purchase a ticket but must be seated either in a pushchair or in a parent/carer lap.

Guest seating is not allocated. If your guests have any specific requirements (e.g. for health or mobility reasons), please make note of this in your booking via the William Northam booking site and the graduation team will assist where possible.


Please ensure you book your gown well in advance of your graduation date by visiting the gowning website (William Northam). Your gown will be collected on the day of your ceremony.

The link to hire your gown is: Mortarboard and Gownhire

The deadline to book your gown is Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 12pm.

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 hairstyle 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.

Monday 6 September 2021

College of Science 10.30am

School of Geography

School of Life Sciences

School of Pharmacy


School of Chemistry

School of Computer Science

College of Science and

Lincoln International Business School


Department of Marketing and Tourism

School of Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physics

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Lincoln International Business School 10.30am

Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics

Department of Management*

Lincoln International Business School and

College of Arts


Department of Management*

School of English and Journalism*

College of Arts 7.30pm

School of English and Journalism*

Lincoln School of Film and Media

Wednesday 8 September 2021

College of Arts 10.30am

Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Lincoln School of Design


School of Fine and Performing Arts

School of History and Heritage

College of Social Science 7.30pm

School of Health and Social Care

Thursday 9 September 2021

College of Social Science

School of Social and Political Sciences


Lincoln Law School

School of Sport and Exercise Science


School of Education

School of Psychology

 *Courses within this School/ Department is across two ceremonies, please check the Graduation September 2021 - Course Breakdown for course ceremony times.

Further Information

10.30am Ceremony

All Graduands must arrive between 08:00am and 09:30am.

On arrival, please go to the marquees in the grounds of Lincoln Castle to collect your tickets (Graduand and guest) from the Ticketing Desk and your gown from the gowning marquee. There will also be an opportunity for photographs to be taken before the ceremony begins.

The doors to the Cathedral will open at 09:30am and the ceremony will begin at 10:30am.

All guests and Graduands MUST be seated by 10:00am.

Gowning and Photography 

Gowns are to be collected from the Castle grounds between 08:00am and 09:30am. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. All gowns must be returned by 13:00pm.

The official photographers will be taking photographs in the Castle grounds from 08:00am to 09:30am before the ceremony and also after the ceremony. There is no need to pre?book any photography.

2.30pm Ceremony

All Graduands must arrive between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

On arrival, please go to the marquees in the grounds of Lincoln Castle to collect your tickets (Graduand and guest) from the Ticketing Desk and your gown from the gowning marquee. There will also be an opportunity for photographs to be taken before the ceremony begins.

The doors to the Cathedral will open at 1:30pm and the ceremony will begin at 2:30pm.

All guests and Graduands MUST be seated by 2pm.

Gowning and Photography

Gowns are to be collected from the Castle grounds between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. All gowns must be returned by 5pm.

The official photographers will be taking photographs in the Castle grounds from 11:30am to 1.30pm before the ceremony and also after the ceremony until 5pm. There is no need to pre?book any photography.

7.30pm Ceremony

All Graduands must arrive between 4.30pm and 6:30pm.

On arrival, please go to the marquees in the grounds of Lincoln Castle to collect your tickets (Graduand and guest) from the Ticketing Desk and your gown from the gowning marquee. There will also be an opportunity for photographs to be taken before the ceremony begins.

The doors to the Cathedral will open at 6:30pm and the ceremony will begin at 7:30pm.

All guests and Graduands MUST be seated by 7pm.

Gowning and Photography

Gowns are to be collected from a marquee in the grounds of Lincoln Castle between 4.30pm and 6:30pm. Ushers on the Castle gates will direct you upon arrival. All gowns must be returned by 9:30pm.

The photographer will be taking photographs in a marquee within the grounds of Lincoln Castle from 4:30pm to 6.30pm before the ceremony and also after the ceremony until 9:30pm. There is no need to pre book any photography. 

Your University Certificate and Transcript

The certificate the University issues is proof of the conferment of your award and is a unique and valuable document.

Your University transcript supplements your University certificate by providing a breakdown of the modules you studied and the marks achieved.

Your diploma supplement is a further document describing the qualification you have received in a standard format that is easy to understand and compare across Europe. It also describes the content of the qualification and the structure of the higher education system within which it was issued.

The name printed on your documents will be that with which you enrolled at the University. To check the details we hold, please visit and choose the 'My Details' icon.

To request a change to the name registered with the University, you will need to contact the Student Support Centre (ground floor, Minerva Building) and provide documentary evidence (for example birth/marriage certificate, passport, or deed poll).

Please note, once your certificate documentation has been printed, requests for replacement documentation due to an incorrect name are chargeable. You will be asked to surrender your documents back to the University and apply for and purchase a replacement certificate via the University's alumni web pages.

We are unable to provide electronic copies of your official certificate and transcript. 

Current Students

What documentation will you receive?

Your University certificate and final transcript will only be issued upon successful completion of your programme, or upon achieving an intermediate award should you exit your programme prior to full completion.

However, if you are a current student, you may request a certificate of study or a current results transcript for any fully completed academic year.

A certificate of study is an official letter confirming the dates you are attending University and the programme you are enrolled on.

If you are a current student requiring a certificate of study or a results transcript you must complete this request form.

Your current results transcript is a breakdown of the modules you have studied and your academic performance for each academic year of study completed so far. 

Students That Have Completed Their Programme Within the Current Academic Year

What documentation will you receive?

If you've completed your programme within the current academic year you'll be entitled to a University certificate, final transcript, and diploma supplement.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will you receive your official documentation?

We are currently posting all certificates and transcripts to students who have been made an award.

You will still be invited to attend a University graduation ceremony once any future dates have been confirmed.

Please check and/or amend the details we hold for to ensure that your documents are delivered to the correct address. You can do this by going to the Student Gateway and choosing the 'My Details' icon.

If your address details are incorrect at the point of posting, and your certificate is returned to us, there may be a charge for redelivery to your new address.

The charges for the redelivery of certificate and transcripts are as follows:

  • Delivery to a UK address: £10
  • Delivery to an EU address: £30
  • Delivery to the rest of the world: £40

Graduation Certificate Request Form

If you have not received your certificate within the expected timescale of when you are awarded please email

What postal service is used?

When we send your certificate and final transcript to your permanent address, they will be sent using one of the following services:

Deliveries within the UK will be dispatched via Royal Mail recorded delivery.

Deliveries to the EU and rest of the world will be sent using DHL’s tracking service.

How long should I wait for delivery?

If your certificate has been sent to a European destination please allow 20 working days from date of postage. If it was sent to the rest of the world please allow 25 working days from date of postage.

I have not received my certificate in the post. Is it lost?

If you have not received your certificate outside of the above waiting times, you need to contact us so we can investigate this for you.

Please email and include your name at the time of study, student ID number/date of birth, course title and year of completion.

You must contact us within three months of the date of postage. If it is after three months we are unable to track it with the postal service and you would need to apply for and purchase a replacement certificate.

What happens if I lose my certificate or it becomes damaged?

In the event of your certificate becoming lost or damaged, you will need to visit the University's Alumni web pages for details on how to apply for and purchase a replacement.


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 and local roads may be busier than normal during graduation week.

You can find a map of car parks in Lincoln on the City of Lincoln Council's website (please note that the Castle Hill car park may be closed over the graduation period due to its location next to Lincoln Castle).


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 the Finance and Alumni teams. 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 graduation ceremonies 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 official 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.

Bags/ Luggage Storage

Please only bring small bags with you to the Cathedral since larger bags and holdalls will not be permitted into the ceremony due to shortage of space. The University does not offer bag storage facilities.

Press and Media

The local media 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 Requirements

We need to know in advance 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, please see the University of Lincoln Student Services 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 University's International Advice Team either by emailing or by visiting the Student Support Centre in the Minerva Building.

After Graduation

Following graduation 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 graduates
  • Access a range of services
  • Receive discounts from national companies.

Continue Your Adventure

As we all settle in to our 'new normal’, we understand that this may be a challenging and uncertain time for you. If you're not sure what to do next, why not continue your adventure at the University of Lincoln? A postgraduate course can help you further your skills and knowledge in your chosen field or do something completely different, and is an excellent way to enhance your prospects. Not only does a postgraduate qualification help you to stand out from the crowd, but it also shows your commitment and dedication. In an increasingly competitive global economy, many employers are looking for candidates who can demonstrate an enhanced level of competency and critical thinking skills, both of which can be developed through postgraduate study. While we can't welcome you to any physical events right now, you can still find out more about postgraduate study through our many virtual events. 

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