Congregations

Newcastle University London

Newcastle University London

Ceremonies for all students who graduated during 2020 and for PG students graduating in 2021

We are very excited to be holding ceremonies for both the 2020 graduates as well as current PG students graduating in November.

Dates & Schedule

The ceremonies will take place on Friday 26 November 2021 at Christ Church Spitalfields (Commercial Street, London E1 6LY).

The timings for the ceremonies will be confirmed following the booking period.

What to expect

The congregation ceremonies will follow the format of our traditional ceremonies. However, we would like to take some safety precautions to enable us to hold the ceremonies as safely as possible. These precautions include:

  • graduates/guests will be asked to wear a face mask during the ceremony (unless exempt). Graduates will be able to temporarily remove their mask when approaching/crossing the stage.
  • graduates will place their own hood before the ceremony (rather than having it placed over them within the ceremony) and will acknowledge the Presiding Officer with a nod of the head rather than a handshake.

Further safety information about the ceremonies is available below.

Booking

To book a place for your ceremony, please complete the booking form using the link that was sent to you via email. Bookings will close on Monday 18 October 2021.

Tickets/Guests

Each graduate is able to bring up to 2 guests with them to the ceremony. The graduate and 2 guest tickets are provided free of charge.

Babies and children:

Although we wish to make congregations as welcoming and inclusive as possible, the formal nature and duration of the ceremonies may make them unsuitable for babies and young children. Due to fire regulations, please be aware that all children (including babies) require a guest ticket.

Visa invitation letter:

If you need an invitation letter to your ceremony, to support a visa application for you or your guests, complete the visa letter request form.

Photography

Professional photography sessions will be available on the day via our contracted photography supplier (Tempest). Further details will be provided nearer to the ceremonies.

Hardship Support

We do not want any graduate to be put off attending their congregation ceremony due to financial concerns. If you think that you may struggle to meet the costs associated with the day (e.g., if you are unemployed or perhaps still in higher education), then we may be able to provide some assistance in relation to travel costs. Please contact congregations@ncl.ac.uk to find out more.