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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 pages will help you to plan your graduation.

The University's next graduation ceremonies will be taking place from Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 January 2023.

To be eligible to attend the January 2023 graduation ceremonies, your award must have been conferred by a University Board of Examiners during the following period – 17 December 2021 and 16 December 2022.

If you will be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony in January 2023 , we will be in contact with you in December 2022 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 Friday 9 December 2022 and believe you are eligible to attend, please contact the graduation team at

After 16 December 2022 

If your award is conferred after 16 December 2022, you will be invited to attend the next set of graduation ceremonies, which will be taking place in September 2023. The University will confirm the configuration of when each academic school will graduate for our September ceremonies in Spring 2023. 

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 December regarding registration opening times and the required information for the January 2023 ceremonies.

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.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Please see our full January 2023 Terms and Conditions (PDF).

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 two complimentary guest tickets to attend a ceremony when registering before the relevenant deadline 

The deadline for the January 2023 Ceremonies is Thursday 5 January 2023.

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

Terms and Conditions

Please see our full January 2023 Terms and Conditions (PDF).

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.

Terms and Conditions

Please see our full January 2023 Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Extra Guest Tickets
Extra guest tickets over and above the complimentary guest tickets will be subject to availability. The number of extra tickets available for each registered graduand to purchase will be calculated for each ceremony after the initial registration has closed on Friday 6 January 2023 at midday.

If extra tickets are available, these will be limited in number and sold on a first come first serve basis at a cost of £20 per ticket (including VAT). All graduands who have registered to attend a ceremony will be notified by email any details regarding extra tickets.


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 Gown hire

The deadline to book your gown for the January 2023 ceremonies is Friday 6th January 2023 at midday.

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.


January 2023 




Tuesday 24 January 

(Rescheduled ceremonies from September 2022)

College of Science
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
 - Department of Life Sciences
 - Department of Geography

College of Science
Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
National Centre for Food Manufacturing
School of Chemistry
School of Mathematics and Physics
School of Pharmacy

Wednesday 25 January 



College of Arts
Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Lincoln School of Design
Lincoln School of Film and Media
School of English and Journalism
School of Fine and Performing Arts
School of History and Heritage
College of Science
Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
National Centre for Food Manufacturing
School of Chemistry
School of Computer Science
School of Engineering
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
 - Department of Geography
 - Department of Life Sciences
School of Mathematics and Physics
School of Pharmacy


Lincoln International Business School
Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Department of Management
Department of Management (WBDL)
Department of Marketing, Languages and Tourism

Thursday 26 January

College of Social Science
Lincoln Law School
School of Education
School of Health and Social Care
School of Psychology
School of Social and Political Sciences
School of Sport and Exercise Science

 No Ceremony

Further Information

10.30am Ceremony

All graduands must arrive between 8.00am and 9.30am.

On arrival, please go to Lincoln County Assembly Rooms  to collect your tickets (Graduand and guest) and your gown. There will also be an opportunity for photographs to be taken before the ceremony begins.

The doors to the Cathedral will open at 9.30am 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 Lincoln County Assembly Rooms between 8.00am and 9.30am. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. All gowns must be returned by 1.00pm.

The official photographers will be taking photographs in the Lincoln County Assembly Rooms from 8.00am to 9.30am 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 Lincoln County Assembly Roomse to collect your tickets (graduand and guest) and your gown. 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 2.00pm.

Gowning and Photography

Gowns are to be collected from the Lincoln County Assembly Rooms between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. All gowns must be returned by 5.00pm.

The official photographers will be taking photographs in the Lincoln County Assembly Rooms from 11.30am to 1.30pm before the ceremony and also after the ceremony until 5.00pm. There is no need to pre-book any photography.


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 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. 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.

To assist with guest visa application, you can request invitation letters from the Student Support Centre by emailing You will also receive email confirmation from William Northam at the point of ordering and will be sent an e-ticket via email nearer the time, with physical tickets issued in person on the day.

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 or family visa application 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:

  • Check and update your details
  • Network with other University of Lincoln graduates
  • Receive exclusive invitations to events and receptions
  • Access a range of benefits and services
  • Learn about scholarships for postgraduate study.

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