SOAS University of London

Graduation

Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where will my SOAS Graduation ceremony be held?

    The ceremonies will take place at Friends House, Euston, London between 27th and 29th July.  The reception will be held at SOAS University.

    • Wednesday 27 July, 10:00 - Anthropology, Arts
    • Wednesday 27 July, 14:00 - Development, Linguistics
    • Thursday 28 July, 10:00 - Languages and Cultures,African Languages, Cultures and Literature, Near and Middle East Section, South and South East Asia Section, East Asian Languages and Culture
    • Thursday 28 July, 14:00 - Economics, Finance and Management, Religions and Philosophies, Music
    • Friday 29 July, 10:00 - History, Law
    • Friday 29 July, 14:00 - Politics and International Studies
  • Who can attend these events?

    The graduation ceremonies taking place between 27 – 29 July 2022 are for students graduating from SOAS this Summer or students who completed a Postgraduate Taught or Research degree in Autumn 2021.

    If you graduated in the Summer or Autumn of 2019 or 2020, your ceremony will be taking place in December. The Graduation Team will be in touch with you in August with full registration details.

    Students can invite up to two guests to join them to celebrate their special day. Guest tickets can be purchased at registration.

  • Where can I book my gown?

    The dress code is formal and academic dress is compulsory for all SOAS graduates. Your gown can be hired when you register for your place at the ceremony.

  • How do I book my place and get tickets?

    If your graduation ceremony is taking place in July 2022, you can now book online.

    Please note: the deadline to secure your place is 12 noon (BST) Friday 10 June.

    If you haven’t yet heard from us, please contact us by emailing ceremony@soas.ac.uk

    If your graduation is taking place in December 2022, we will send full registration details to your personal email address in August.

  • What time will my ceremony take place?

    Two ceremonies take place on each date starting at 10.00 and 14.00. Please see above for our July schedule of ceremonies.

  • How long will my ceremony last?

    The duration of each ceremony is expected to be approximately 90 minutes.

  • Can I purchase more than two guest tickets?

    All students can initially purchase two guest tickets. In the event additional guest tickets are made available we will notify all students registered via email on how an addition purchase can be made.

  • What is the price of a guest ticket?

    Each guest ticket costs £35.00.

  • What is included in the price of guest ticket?

    Each guest ticket included entry to a ceremony at Friends House, Euston, London and attendance at the corresponding post ceremony reception.

  • Do I need to wear academic dress?

    Academic dress is compulsory for all graduands registering to attend their graduation ceremony in July. By confirming attendance graduands agree to wear official academic robes provided by our robing company Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd.

  • Will my ceremony be livestreamed?

    Yes. All July graduation ceremonies will be livestreamed. Details to be confirmed.

  • I am not currently based in the UK, can I still come?

    Yes, however this is dependent on UK travel restrictions. Please check if you need a visa to visit the UK.

  • When will I become a SOAS graduate?

    The postponement of the ceremonies does not affect the award of a SOAS degree; all eligible students will still graduate. When you receive your results, you officially become a SOAS graduate, and your degree certificates will be sent to you to confirm this.

  • Will I get my certificate at the ceremony?

    We do not present degree certificates at graduation ceremonies. Your certificate will be posted to you after the event, and it is therefore important for SOAS to have details of your current address. 

    Certificates will be posted to your home address as follows:

    • Postgraduate students awarded a degree in December 2021 – certificates posted in March 2022.
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Masters students awarded a degree in July 2022– certificates posted in October 2022.

    Enquiries about degree certificates should be sent to assessments@soas.ac.uk 

  • Will I need to wear a mask in the venue and in the ceremony?

    The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies.

    However, we recommend in line with government guidance that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. (You are welcome to remove your mask when crossing the stage to accept your award)

  • What type of events are these?

    These are formal events, where graduating students will be able to mark the end of their degree with their fellow students, academics and guests. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and speeches.

  • Will there be professional photography on the day?

    Yes, Ede & Ravenscroft will provide professional photography. You can purchase photos from the Ede & Ravenscroft website. SOAS photographers will also be documenting the day.

  • Are children permitted at the ceremony?

    Any child over the age of two years old will be permitted to attend and will require a ticket. There are no concession prices for children.

    Children under two are permitted to attend without a ticker. However, they may become restless during the ceremony and cause some disruption to those seated nearby, in which case we would advise leaving the hall.

    Please note there are no creche or any child-minding facilities at Friends House.

  • Graduates/guests requiring a UK visitor visa

    Some graduands and/or their guest(s) will require a Standard Visitor visa for the UK to attend the graduation ceremony. Non-visa nationals can request this visa on arrival at the port of entry.

    SOAS does not provide letters to support visitor visa applications, however, your graduation invitation and confirmation of registration from Ede and Ravenscroft can be used as evidence in support of your/your guest(s) visa application.

    Please visit the UKVI webpages for information about visitor's visas.

  • Still have more questions?

    Please contact ceremony@soas.ac.uk