Important Information:

Our Graduation ceremonies in September are the highlight of the University’s calendar. We very much hope that the ceremonies will be able to go ahead this autumn, and we will do everything we can to enable you to attend. We would therefore encourage you to register in the normal way, following the instructions below.

However, given the current uncertainties, we would suggest you avoid incurring any expenses for travel or accommodation unless these are fully refundable. (The University will unfortunately not be able to reimburse any travel or accommodation expenses in the event of Graduation being postponed or cancelled.) We are pleased to confirm that the fee for your gown hire will be refundable in the event of having to postpone or cancel the ceremony. We will, of course, keep you fully informed as circumstances develop, and hope very much to see you in Lincoln Cathedral this September.

September Graduation 2020

Congratulations on completing your studies at the University of Lincoln. You will soon be attending your graduation ceremony at Lincoln's magnificent Cathedral. These pages are designed to help you plan your graduation.

The University's next graduation ceremonies will be taking place the week commencing 7 September 2020.

To be eligible to attend the September 2020 graduation ceremonies, your award must have been conferred by a University Board of Examiners on or before 31 July 2020.

If you are eligible to attend a graduation ceremony week commencing 7 September 2020, we will be in contact with you in April 2020 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.

After 31 July 2020

If your award is conferred after 31 July 2020, you will be invited to attend the next set of graduation ceremonies, which will be taking place in January 2021. The confirmed dates for our January graduation ceremonies are 20 and 21 January 2021. The University will confirm the configuration of when each academic school will graduate for our January ceremonies in Autumn 2020. Please refer to our Graduation Terms and Conditions for full details.

If you have not received an email regarding your graduation ceremony and you believe that 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.

Important Information

To attend the University of Lincoln graduation ceremony, you must register by completing our online registration process. You will be notified by email in April 2020 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. Subject to availability, you will also be able to purchase extra tickets after the initial registration deadline (5 August 2020).

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 with reference to late registrations.

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 next set of ceremonies if requested. If you have completed the registration process already, please also cancel your place and cancel or defer 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 two complimentary guest tickets to attend a ceremony when registering before the deadline of the 5 August 2020.

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.

You can see the graduand seating plan here.

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 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.

For ticket enquiries, please contact the graduation team at

Guest Tickets

Each student can order two complimentary guest tickets 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.

Extra tickets over and above the two complimentary tickets are subject to availability and the number available for each registered student to purchase will be calculated for each ceremony after the registration deadline of the 5 August 2020.

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 (to the email account they registered with) 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 William Northam website at a cost of £20 per ticket (including VAT).

If you are having trouble purchasing extra tickets, in the first instance, please contact William Northam directly via email: or telephone: 01223 627 977 (National rate). For other ticket enquiries, please email the graduation team:

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.

Mortarboard and Gownhire

The deadline to book your gown is Wednesday 5 August 2020.

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 7 September 2020

College of Social Science

10.30am School of Psychology

School of Education

School of Social and Political Science

7.30pm School of Health and Social Care

Tuesday 8 September 2020

College of Social Science 10.30am

Lincoln Law School

School of Sport and Exercise Science

College of Science


National Centre of Food Manufacturing

School of Engineering

School of Geography

School of Life Sciences


School of Chemistry

School of Computer Science

School of Mathematics and Physics

School of Pharmacy

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Lincoln International Business School


Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics

Department of Marketing and Tourism


Department of People and Organisation (Work based distance learning only)

Department of Strategy and Enterprise

Lincoln International Business School / College of Arts 7.30pm

Department of People and Organisation

School of History and Heritage

Thursday 10 September 2020

College of Arts


Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Lincoln School of Design


School of English and Journalism

School of Fine and Performing Arts

7.30pm Lincoln School of Film and Media


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. 

The printing and sending of official University certificates and transcripts has been temporarily suspended until further notice. We will update our web pages as soon as our position changes.

However, we are still providing a service those who wish to place a transcript or confirmation of award request.

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 Completed Their Programme in a Previous Academic Year

If you completed your studies in a previous academic year and require replacement documentation, you should visit the University’s Alumni pages for information on how to apply for and purchase replacement certificates and transcripts.

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.

Bags/ Luggage Storage

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

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

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.
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