Before the Day


Invitations to Winter Graduation have been emailed.

All graduands wishing to attend a graduation ceremony and order the maximum of 4 guest tickets, need to register by 5pm on Friday 14 December 2018

 Register here

Please note, if you do not register that you are attending or wish to defer your graduation to a future ceremony, you will automatically graduate in absentia. Graduating in absentia constitutes conferment of your award and you will not be eligible to attend future ceremonies.‌


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. 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.

The deadline for ordering your gown is Friday 14 December 2018.

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.


Graduands' afternoon tea

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.

Book your Afternoon Tea here. Bookings will close at midnight on Sunday 13th January 2019.



Homemade Sandwiches of Breast of Turkey with Cranberry Relish

Honey Roast Cheshire Ham with Farmhouse Pickle

Cream Cheese & Snipped Chive

Local Free Range Egg, Mayonnaise & Mustard Cress


A shot of Lightly Spiced Sweet Potato Soup


A pastry of Staffordshire Organic Cheese, Poached Pear & Fruit Chutney


A delicious home baked Cream Scone with Strawberry Preserve

A mini Bramley Apple Crumble and Dairy Custard Cake

Chocolate Brownie & Woodland Berry Mousse Pots topped with Praline Shards


Freshly Brewed pot of Tea, Infusions & Coffee


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).