Explore information about our Graduation ceremonies, held annually in Winchester Cathedral.

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Alan Titchmarsh shaking a graduate's hand


Here you'll find more information about our Graduation ceremonies. 

Graduation 2019

Enjoy photos from this year's ceremonies taken by photographer Dominic Parkes


Graduation 2020

Graduation 2020 will take place the week commencing 5 October 2020. 

Please see the Graduation Guide 2020 and the Graduation Ceremony Times 2020.

Feel free to get in touch with us about any aspect of Graduation. Email us on graduation@winchester.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0) 1962 827561.


Graduation Information

Check your details are up-to-date

We will communicate with you only via email so it is important that you check your personal email is up-to-date on MyRecord. Whilst you are there please also check your official name and your home address. It is your responsibility to make sure all your details are correct before you finish your studies.

If you are awarded your degree before May, or choose not to attend graduation, your certificate will be posted to your home address.

You should keep an eye on your unimail account as this will be our main form of communication. You do still have access to this after you have finished your degree, via https://login.microsoftonline.com

Am I eligible for graduation?

You will be eligible to attend the October 2020 graduation ceremonies if you have:

  • Formally completed your degree programme (i.e. received your final exam board letter confirming your degree) before 21 August 2020; and
  • Have no outstanding financial debts with the University, including with the library and multi-media centre, by 21 August 2020; and
  • Have completed a programme of study at Level 6 (Bachelor degree) or higher

Please note that the only exit awards eligible to attend graduation are Bachelors Ordinary degree (also called a pass degree), Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Philosophy.

Official name

Your degree certificate is a unique and important document. The name on your degree certificate should be the same as your full legal name (i.e. the name on your passport/birth certificate/driving license) at the time you were a student here. If the name on your degree certificate does not match your official name you can have problems in the future, particularly if you are trying to get your qualification recognised abroad.   

It is your responsibility to make sure your official name is correct on MyRecord before you finish your studies. If there are middle names missing, or anything is mis-spelled, please take some official ID (passport, driving license etc) to Registry and we will update your record for you. Please make sure you have checked your name before you submit your final piece of work.

Please note that once your certificate has been printed it will not be possible to change your name except in very exceptional circumstances.

Graduation invitation

Your graduation invitation is sent via email – to your unimail and personal email addresses (as recorded via MyRecord). It will be sent out during the summer, usually one week after you receive your exam board letter confirming you have been awarded your degree.

Students who are awarded in November or April will still only receive the graduation invitation in July.

Your invitation letter will confirm which ceremony you have been invited to.  Once you have received your invitation, you need to follow the instructions in the email to confirm that you are attending or to request to graduate in absentia (this is the term used when you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony). 

If it has been more than a week since you received your exam board result letter and you have not had your graduation invitation, please contact graduation@winchester.ac.uk

If you have resubmissions or resits over the summer, these will need to have been completed and marked before Friday 21 August. Friday 21 August is the final day for any student to be invited to graduation. If this deadline is not met, you will instead be invited to graduate the following year.

What happens if I cannot attend the ceremony?

If you are unable to attend your ceremony, you must follow the instructions on your Personal Graduation Invitation and indicate that you will not be attending. Your degree will then be conferred ‘in absentia’. Your name will appear in the programme but will not be read out during the ceremony. Your certificate will be posted to your home address after the ceremony (if you have not already received it during the year)*.

In exceptional circumstances you may be able to apply to defer your graduation for one year.  Please note that this will be decided on a case by case basis and we offer no guarantees that you will be able to defer.  If you would like to apply to defer your graduation please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk

*Please ensure that your home address is up to date via ‘My Record’.


We guarantee that each student who registers for Graduation by the 21 August is given the option to purchase up to two guest tickets. Guest tickets cost £15 each. 

You will then receive an email during the first week of September to confirm either that your ceremony is full, or to let you know how you can purchase extra tickets. 

There are no guarantees that extra tickets will be available for your ceremony, so any travel arrangements made for family or friends beyond your two guaranteed guest tickets are at your own risk. 

Generally, if all students invited to a ceremony are able to attend, and each take up their two guaranteed tickets, the ceremony will be full and there will be no extra tickets available

Graduation assistance fund

Graduation is a special day which we want you to be able to enjoy. We work closely with our partners to try and keep costs down, but we are aware that for some students the cost of the gown and tickets might prevent them from attending.

The Graduation Assistance Fund covers the cost of gown hire and your guaranteed guest tickets (up to two). If your application is successful the University will arrange your gown hire and tickets directly, so please wait to book these until you have heard back from us. Please note that if you request fewer than two guest tickets, the remaining money is not transferrable.

You can apply for the assistance fund if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You have received your graduation invitation
  • You don’t have any outstanding debts with the University
  • You have been assessed by Student Finance England as living in a low-income household (i.e. under £42,875) OR you are a Sanctuary Award student
  • You are contactable by email the week of the 17 August

To apply, please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk by the deadline of Monday 3 August. 

Please make sure you include your student number on all communication with us.

You will be notified by Monday 17 August if your application has been successful or not. If we receive more applications than we can fund, winning applications will be picked at random from all eligible entries.

Please note that there are already graduation bursaries available for care leavers and estranged students, so these students are not eligible for the Graduation Assistance Fund. Please contact studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk to find out more.