Graduation frequently asked questions

Dates and eligibility

When and where will my graduation be?

Graduation ceremonies will take place in the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, as follows:

Description of cohorts and when they will graduate
Degree congregationCohorts involvedCohort detailsCohort award dates
November 2022 July 2022

All students/graduands with awards made between 26 January 2022 and 30 July 2022, plus undergraduate students with awards made after 30 July and before 30 September 2022.

Excluding undergraduate students in the School of Veterinary Science.

UG, PGT and PGR awards made between 26 January 2022 and 30 July 2022 (excluding UG in the School of Veterinary Science).

UG awards made between 31 July and 30 September (excluding UG in the School of Veterinary Science).

Eligibility to graduate in November also depends on any outstanding tution fees being paid in full by Friday 30 September 2022.

The November 2022 graduation dates are Monday 7 to Monday 14 November inclusive, except for the weekend.  The schedule of ceremonies for November 2022 is now available.

Registration for the November ceremonies will open at 1 pm on Tuesday 6 September and we will contact you when registration opens with your invitation to register.  This will include information about how to organise your gown, arrange photography, guest tickets and other arrangements for your graduation.  Requirements for your graduation in November can only be arranged when registration opens.

Please only contact us about your invitation email if you do not receive it by Monday 12 September.

If you have indicated your intention to attend a China celebration event, visit the China celebration webpages for the latest updates. If you have any questions about the China events, email


What if I can't attend my scheduled ceremony – can I defer to a later date?

Graduands who can't attend their scheduled ceremony can request deferral to a future congregation, by selecting the option on the form when registration opens for their congregation.  The form will say when the deferred ceremonies will be, and this information will also be available on our webpages.  Deferral arrangements can only be made when registration opens for your congregation and invitations have been sent out.

When will my ceremony take place if I defer from the November congregation?

Graduands who register to defer their November graduation will be invited to register for the appropriate ceremony at the February 2023 congregation.  The dates of the congregation are Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 February 2023. Further information including the full schedule of ceremonies will be available in due course.  You must register again when your receive an invitation for your deferred ceremony.

I deferred from the April/July congregation, when will my ceremony take place?

We will invite you to a ceremony at the February 2023 congregation. The dates of that congregation are Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 February 2023. Further information including the full schedule of ceremonies will be available in due course.  You must register again when your receive an invitation for your deferred ceremony.

General ceremony information

When will I receive more detail on the timings and programme for the day?

Further information on the details of the day including timings, guest tickets, travel to the venue, gowning, photography and official merchandise will be shared when we send out official invitations to register for the November ceremonies.

Can I book my travel and accommodation now for my ceremony?

We recommend waiting until the date of your ceremony is confirmed and you have received confirmation of your official registration to book travel and accommodation.

How many guests will I be able to bring?

We will guarantee you two free guest tickets if you register to attend your ceremony and there is an opportunity to apply for additional guest tickets on the registration form (extra guest tickets are not guaranteed).  Details on the ticket application and allocation process are available on our Tickets webpage.

The event will also be livestreamed for guests that are unable to attend.

I/my guests have accessibility requirements – how do I let you know?

When we contact you to ask you to officially register there will be the opportunity to share this information by indicating this on the registration form.

I want to book gowning and photography for my ceremony – can I do this now?

You can now hire your gown and hat and book photography for the November 2022 ceremonies with our gown and photography provider, Ede and Ravenscroft, via our Gowns webpage. Photography can be pre-booked when registration opens, or on the day of your ceremony.  

I need to update my contact details. How do I do this?

If you need to update your contact details for graduation correspondence, contact

Registration troubleshooting

I have not received my invitation email

Check that registration is open and invitation emails have been sent out.

Check that you are eligible to register.

If you are eligible:

  • Check your email spam or junk folders
  • Check your email filters in case you have blocked certain emails or domains

If you still have not received the invitation email, contact to make sure that your details match our records.

Add to your address book to ensure you receive future communications.

I'm trying to register but my email address is not recognised

  • Make sure you are registering with the email address that your invitation email was sent to
  • Make sure your email address is typed accurately - the system is case sensitive so if there are any capital letters in the address in our system these must be capitalised when verifying your email
  • Avoid copying, pasting or using autofill, as this may result in errors.

If you still can't register, contact

The links in the registration form aren't opening

Check that your web browser isn't blocking you:

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To do this, right click on the Edge icon and select 'New InPrivate window' or press CTRL + SHIFT + N.

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On iPhone: Ask Siri for information on how to open a private web browser on your phone.

On Android: Open Google Chrome, click the 3 dots at the top right of the page and select 'open incognito browser'.

I'm not sure if I've registered

If you have registered you will see your registration confirmation if you log back into the registration app.

You should also expect to receive a confirmation email showing the options you have chosen once your registration has been completed. If you think you completed your registration successfully but have not received a confirmation email, check your spam or junk folders and contact if it is still not found.

China celebration events

Will the China graduation events be taking place and who is eligible to attend?

We hope, subject to restrictions, to hold graduation celebration events in Shanghai on Sunday 20 November 2022.

These events are for those who would have graduated in Bristol in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Sadly current restrictions mean representatives from Bristol are unable to attend our China events in person but they still provide a wonderful opportunity for graduates to celebrate their achievements with fellow students, family, and local Bristol alumni.

Visit the University of Bristol in China page or contact for the latest information on these events.

Can I attend both the China celebration and a ceremony in Bristol?

Degrees are only officially conferred in Bristol, so if you don't attend the Bristol ceremony, this means you will therefore graduate 'in absentia' (in your absence) in 2022.

As a result, you may attend both a Bristol ceremony and a China event, travel permitting. We work hard to ensure that our China events provide as much of a traditional graduation experience as possible, providing an excellent chance for you to celebrate your achievements with friends and family in person.

Awards, certificates and transcripts

I am due to graduate in November as part of the July 2022 cohort, when will my degree be awarded?

The date of your award is when University Exam Boards meet and agree that you have met the required criteria for the award of your degree. Your school or faculty can tell you when your award is due to be considered at an exam board.

July 2022 graduands will need to have their degree awarded at an exam board by 30 July 2022 for postgraduates, and by 30 September 2022 for undergraduates.  If your degree is awarded after the applicable date you will not be able to graduate in November 2022 and will be put forward to the next congregation, in February 2023.

Any outstanding tuition fees must also be paid in full by Friday 30 September 2022 in order to be eligible to graduate in November 2022.

What is the difference between my 'award' and 'graduation'?

Your award is when a Board of Examiners confirm that you have met the criteria to be awarded your degree and the date of this meeting is the date which will appear on your certificate.

This will be different to your 'graduation' date which relates to the ceremonial aspect where your degree is conferred at a degree ceremony.

When will I receive my certificate or transcript?

Check our certificates and transcripts webpage for information.

What date will appear on my certificate?

The date on your certificate will be the date on which your degree is awarded by the exam board. Your graduation date will not appear on your certificate.

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