Your Graduation at Rochester Cathedral

Celebrating your academic achievements at the country's second oldest Cathedral. 

Preparing for the day

Confirm your attendance 

In order to attend your graduation you are required to complete an online RSVP eight weeks prior to your ceremony. Whilst completing the online RSVP you have the opportunity to purchase your allotted two guest tickets, priced at £22 per guest.

After the RSVP closing date we will calculate if any additional tickets are available for sale. Information outlining the scheduled date and time for sale of additional tickets can be found on the Your Ceremony Details and Ticket Purchase section. 

Hire your academic gown 

Graduations are an important celebratory event, and our experience is they are much appreciated by our students and their guests. Part of the celebration is for all those who are taking part in the ceremony to dress appropriately. Academic dress (consisting of robe, hood and hat which together we call a ‘gown’) is mandatory for those taking part in the ceremony. A student must wear a Canterbury Christ Church University gown appropriate to the level of qualification for which they are being presented, even if the student already holds a higher qualification. National dress may be worn.

Gowns are hired via our official suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft. It is important to note Ede & Ravenscroft require 3 weeks’ notice to hire a gown so order yours in plenty of time. You should note that a student arriving in inappropriate academic dress or not gowned will be unable to join the procession and will not be presented for their award during the ceremony.

Visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website to hire your graduation gown.

You will have the opportunity to collect your gown and have photographs taken the evening before your graduation ceremony, to avoid queues on the day.

Photography and Graduation Celebration Days

We offer students and their guests the opportunity to celebrate and have their photographs taken prior to/after their ceremony date so that queues for photography on the day can be avoided. The additional photography sessions also enable students unable to attend the actual graduation to still have professional photographs taken. 

At these sessions Ede & Ravenscroft will supply the appropriate gown for your award and refreshments and nibbles will be available.

There is no additional cost for this provision. If you wish to attend a session at a  Photography Day please email to express interest in attending and the Graduation Team will contact you to make arrangements.

Sessions will be held on Saturday 1st September 2018 and Saturday 12th January 2019. 
On the day


The Rochester Cathedral graduation ceremonies last approx. 1hour. Ceremony times are 10:30 and 12:30.

Please refer to the timetable included with your ticket pack for specific timings for your ceremony.

Celebratory Drinks follow the ceremony in The Corn Exchange.

Getting to the Graduation and parking

No parking is available at the Corn Exchange or at the Cathedral. Please visit the Medway Council website to find out the location of pay and display car parks and Park and Ride schemes across the city.

View university site maps and travel information.

What to do if you are running late

If you are running slightly late you should make your way to be gowned in the Corn Exchange and head to the cathedral as soon as possible, please note that students arriving late are not guaranteed to graduate.

In the case of emergency or for any reason you are sure to miss the ceremony do not panic. Log a call with the i-zone and we will contact you after the ceremonies regarding the option of deferral.

You are able to defer/postpone graduation and attend another event generally within a year. If you choose to defer, this can only occur once you have received your invitation. It is at the discretion of the Graduation and Events Office as to which date you may defer to.

To update your details or request a deferral please contact i-zone on 01227 782222 or email

Graduation gowns

Gowns should be pre-ordered via the Ede and Ravenscroft website. For details of your gown, check the  Your Ceremony Details and Ticket Purchase section.

Your gown will be ready for collection on the day of the event and staff from Ede & Ravenscroft (the gowning suppliers) will be available to help you dress.

Gowns will be available to collect from the Corn Exchange.


On the day of your graduation photography studios will set up in the Guildhall Museum. The studios will be available to visit both before and after the ceremony. Our photography suppliers will also be present inside the Cathedral to capture the moment you receive your award and these photos will be available to view and purchase after the ceremony. Photography packages can be pre-ordered via Ede & Ravenscroft and ordered retrospectively via Ede and Ravenscroft’s website.

Seating at the ceremony

Students will be seated in a separate area to guests. In ticket packs sent out prior to the ceremony, students will receive a procession card indicating their seat number. Students will grouped alphabetically (surname order) by programme of study.

Guests are not allocated specific seats for ceremonies. Most of the seats in the nave of the Cathedral have a view of the presentation area, but some have a restricted view. We regret that we cannot guarantee that you will have a full view of the proceedings. We recommend you arrive well in advance of the ceremony as queues form early. Space for a wheelchair/mobility scooter should be booked in advance via the online reply form in order to ensure that we can accommodate your requirements. 

Children and babies

The ceremony may not be suitable for infants and young children and we therefore would recommend that children do not attend.

If you do decide to bring your children they must hold a ticket. This ensures that the congregation numbers remain within the Health and Safety guidelines, set down by both the Dean & Chapter for the Cathedral and the University.

If your child becomes distressed, we may ask you to leave the ceremony for a short period, so that other people are not disturbed.

We offer live streaming, detailed below, which may be more suitable.

Live stream

If your friends and relatives are unable to attend the ceremony in person, live coverage of your ceremony will be available to watch online.

If your family and friends are joining you for your special day but are not able to attend the ceremony, there will be live coverage of the graduation ceremony streamed in the RWg21 lecture theatre on the Rowan Williams Court campus.


Please note that there are no cloakroon facilities at graduation events and luggage cannot be left unattended.

Remembering your day


Commemorate your graduation day by purchasing souvenirs from our Canterbury Christ Church University memorabilia range.

Visit the University's Bookshop, which has a pop up shop located in The Corn Exchange on the day of the graduations with a permanent shop located at the Canterbury Campus, in the Laud building.


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