Before the Day


Graduation invitations for Winter Graduation 2019 will be emailed late November 2018

Please ensure your personal (non-Keele) e-mail address is up-to-date to enable you to receive your e-invitation as well as important information around the graduation process. To do this, please log into your eVision account and check your current personal email address is recorded.


Please ensure you arrive 2 hours before your ceremony time and report to K2 in the Students' Union to collect your tickets and gown. Tickets are free of charge.

Due to seating capacity, we can only allocate two of your four guest tickets to the Chapel. There is a video link-up room on campus which will live stream all ceremonies, for which your remaining two guests will have seats for. 

Please note, graduands are automatically allocated their own ticket.

Additional guests without tickets are welcome to join us in celebrating your day on campus. All ceremonies are live streamed on plasma screens on the ground floor of the Students' Union and Chancellor's Building. Please note, there may not always be seating available in these areas.

Outstanding debts to the University

All outstanding debt to the University should be settled by the registration deadline, Friday 14 December 2018.

If you have a debt to the University after the deadline date, you will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony. 

Graduands are advised to speak with the Finance Department as a matter of urgency. 

To pay outstanding fees, please click here.

Visa letter for graduation

For graduands who require a visitors' visa letter from the Graduation Office to support their visa application, please email the Graduation Office once you have received your e-invitation. You will need to provide your name and student number to obtain the necessary paperwork for your visitors' visa application. All visitors' visa letters will be emailed back as soon as possible.

Please note, your visa letter will only state:

  • your name,
  • address,
  • qualification and award,
  • plus the maximum number of guests you are allowed.

We do not include visitor names on your visa letter.

Academic dress and ordering your gown

Graduation ceremonies are a formal occasion, which is reflected in the dress of graduands and their guests. Graduands are expected to dress formally and wear appropriate academic dress (robes). Graduands should wear: 

  • Suit
  • Trousers, shirt and tie
  • Smart dress
  • Blouse with skirt or trousers

Academic dress should be ordered from the University’s gown hire suppliers Ede and Ravenscroft via their website. The portal will become available after you have received your e-invitation to graduation.

Most graduands choose to hire their robes for the day; however, you can purchase robes if you wish. 


  • Wearing a shirt and tie or a blouse with buttons will make it easier to fix the hood of your academic dress.
  • Hair pins are useful to secure the mortarboard (hat).
  • Safety pins can be used to secure robes and hoods.


Academic Dress

Graduands' afternoon tea

Bookings for afternoon tea will open here from Saturday 1st December 2018

Dining at Keele Hall provides stunning views over the surrounding lakes, lawns and Italian Gardens, where you can complete your day by taking the time to stroll around them. Keele Hall and its gardens make the perfect spot for graduation photographs with your friends, family and loved ones.


Photographs & DVD orders


Tempest Photography studios will be available to take portrait and family group photographs in the Students’ Union Ballroom from 8.00am on graduation day.

• Drop-in studios, allowing you to attend at your convenience at any time during the day, without booking.
• A "proof on the day" service which means you do not need to pre-order anything, and will receive instant ‘proofs’ to take away and with no obligation to buy.
• You can order on the day from the sales area, or afterwards by telephone or online.
• To view a list of packs, frames and products available please visit the website


After your graduation, the following products will be available to buy from the University's Audio Visual Services Team:

Graduation DVD
A DVD to commemorate your Graduation and time here at Keele. The DVD contains some opening shots of the campus followed by your whole ceremony and finishes with shots of the celebrations in Union Square after your ceremony.

Graduation HD Video and USB
An 8GB Chrome USB memory stick containing a full High Definition (1920x1080) version of your ceremony to commemorate your Graduation and time here at Keele. 

Graduation Handshake
A video clip of your graduation ceremony handshake. The video clip will be uploaded to the Keele University Graduation Ceremonies Facebook page, where you can share it with family and friends. 

Click here to order

Graduation accommodation

There are a variety of off-campus hotels in the local area to meet your budget.

Prices vary from £30 - £95 depending on the quality of the accommodation and length of stay. 

Click the link for Local Hotel Information (PDF).