Graduation is a time of celebration of all your hard work during your time of study with UCEM.

On completing a UCEM programme, you will be sent an invitation to attend a UCEM graduation ceremony. Traditionally, ceremonies take place twice a year in June and December.

Following your graduation, you can register to become a member of the Alumni Association. Find out more about the benefits of being a member of the Alumni Association.

Graduation Privacy Notice – This Graduation Privacy Notice sets out how UCEM will collect, use, disclose and protect your personal data. This notice applies to graduating students at UCEM, including undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeship students, and guests attending graduation ceremonies. It outlines the types of data that we hold and how we use it for planning purposes and during graduation ceremonies. This applies to all students who are intending to graduate or may be eligible for an award and whether they attend a ceremony in person or graduate in absentia.



Where and when is graduation held?

UCEM graduation ceremonies are held in the Concert Hall within Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH.

The venue is located in central Reading, which is easily accessible by road and rail. Full details of rail services and a road map will be provided with your ticket/on registration.

General parking is not available at the Town Hall. However, there is on-street disabled parking adjacent to the main entrance and several large car parks within walking distance.

UCEM is currently planning the following graduation ceremonies, which will take place in line with UK legislation and guidance in place at that time:

  • Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December 2021 for 2021’s graduands
How will I be invited to my graduation ceremony?

You will receive an email invitation to the ceremony, which will contain full details on how to register. Please make certain that your e-mail address is up to date by using the online contact details for available on the Help page of the VLE.

Those who have received their results in or before October 2021 have been invited to the December ceremony. If you did not respond to this invitation to register for the December ceremony, then you will automatically be invited to the June 2022 ceremony.

Those students who will participate in the resubmission period in October 2021 will receive their results in November 2021 and will be invited to the June 2022 ceremony.

Can you accommodate special requirements?

We do our best to accommodate the requirements of all guests. Details of how to let us know what you need will be provided at the point of registration.

If you would like to discuss the needs of you or your guest/s prior to this point, please feel free to contact the graduation team and we will be happy to talk them through with you.

What should I do if I do not receive an invitation?

If you are at all concerned that your invitation has not reached you in line with the suggested schedule above, please contact the graduation team.

In no circumstances should you pass on graduation invitations to other people. There could be a good reason why someone has not yet received their own personal invitation.

What is the format of the day?

Our aim is to make graduation day a truly special experience for graduands, their friends and families as a reflection of your hard work and achievement.

After collecting your robes on arrival, there will be the opportunity to have official photographs taken to mark the occasion.

For prize winners, there is a reception prior to the ceremony.

The ceremony itself is expected to take about an hour and a half, after which you and your guests can take advantage of the many places to eat and drink that Reading has to offer on the doorstep of the graduation venue.

Please note that the format of the day may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?

The registration for the December ceremony has now closed. If you did not respond to this invitation to register for the December ceremony, then you will automatically be invited to the next graduation ceremony which will be held in June 2022. If you were expecting to attend the December graduation but do not think you received an invitation to the December, please check your spam folder.

What happens if I cannot/do not want to attend the ceremony?

We appreciate that not everyone will be willing or able to attend one of the ceremonies being held this year. If you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony you may either:

  • defer your attendance
    Students will be offered the opportunity to defer their graduation to a later ceremony.
  • graduate in absentia
    Your award will then be conferred at the ceremony and your certificate posted after the ceremony has taken place. Your name will appear in the ceremony programme and congratulations will be conferred to those graduating in absentia; however your name will not be read out during the ceremony and you will not be able to attend a ceremony at a later date.

Details of how to defer to a later ceremony will be provided with your invitation.

What if I'm not awarded my degree?

Your place at the current ceremony will be cancelled and you will automatically be invited to the first ceremony to take place after you receive your award.

Can I register if I have outstanding fees?

No. You will not be invited to register to graduate until you have cleared any outstanding fees/debts owed to UCEM. If you fail to pay all outstanding fees/debts by the time the assessment board releases the results for your programme of study, you will not be eligible to graduate at the forthcoming graduation ceremony. Students who are in debt to UCEM will be notified in writing by the finance office.

You are responsible for ensuring that your account is clear. Please be aware that a debt will be noted on your account if your sponsor has not paid your fees. It is important that you respond to any correspondence you receive from UCEM in relation to outstanding fees/debts as a matter of urgency. Please be aware that you will not receive your award certificate until you have repaid your debt.

How much does it cost to attend?

UCEM does not currently charge for graduation ceremonies.

There is however a charge to hire your academic robes (all graduands are required to wear the correct academic robes at the ceremony) and for professional photographs, if desired. This charge is paid directly to the robe hire and photography company.

Do I need a ticket if I am graduating?

You need to book and register your place and places for your guests but you will not need a physical ticket. You will be sent an email confirmation of your place, which you and your guests are advised to bring on the day. You should receive this email four weeks before the ceremony date.

How many guests can accompany me?*

You may request two guest tickets when registering in advance of the registration deadline. These tickets are free of charge. Should you wish, you may request two further tickets, which will be allocated where possible, once final numbers have been confirmed.

Please do not book any travel arrangements until tickets have been confirmed.

*These ticketing restrictions may be amended due to social distancing measures.

Do children require a booked place?

Any child over the age of three will require a place booking to attend a ceremony. Any child attending under three must sit on the lap of one of your guests.

Whilst babies and young children may attend, the ceremony is a formal occasion and will last over an hour. Guests with babies or young children will be asked to sit near an aisle so that they can leave with minimal disturbance to others if necessary.

What is the dress code?

All graduands attending a graduation ceremony are required to wear academic dress, consisting of the correct academic robe, hood and cap for the award you are receiving. Our gown suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft, will be able to advise you on the correct gown for your award.

How do I hire my gown?

Full details of how to hire your gown through Ede & Ravenscroft, UCEM’s gown supplier, will be sent on registration.

Refunds are available from the company if a graduand has placed an order but is then unable to attend their graduation ceremony. Please note that orders cannot be guaranteed unless made at least 10 days before the date of the ceremony.

Robe hire fees
Certificate, postgraduate certificate, diploma, postgraduate diploma, foundation, bachelor degrees – £45

Masters – £51

Apprenticeship – £45

Postgraduate certificate – £45

Prices may be increased by the supplier.

What support does UCEM offer me after I have graduated?

The UCEM Alumni Association is a global interactive hub, connecting past students for future benefit. 

All areas of business thrive on support and collaboration, particularly as you progress to the higher levels in your career.  Our Alumni Association offers forums to share ideas, provides discounted accessible CPD and connects networks that can leverage the experience of others.

Communicating excellence in the Built Environment is also driven by a global view – an awareness of projects around the world, developing economies and emerging social, environmental and technological trends.

This Association is exclusive to our Alumni members and provides the following benefits:

  • A dedicated LinkedIn Group, where you can network and keep up to date on UCEM news and events
  • An Alumni Association members dedicated Facebook page
  • A range of networking, social and professional development events and seminars
  • A 10% fee discount on any one of our Postgraduate programmes
  • A careers support service for three years, following graduation
  • 15% discounted online CPD through UCEM’s Online Academy
  • A mentoring service which connects students and graduates with experienced alumni members

Membership is free, however for the alumni team to be able to stay in touch, we will also require you to subscribe and select your communication preferences.  This is necessary for us to continue to communicate with you as an alumni member, ensuring we will only send you information about UCEM products and services we think may be of interest to you. You can update your details and select your communication preferences here.

For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations Team: or visit our Alumni webpage.

Careers Service
After graduation, the Careers and Employability team continues to support and engage with UCEM alumni for up to three years after graduation. They can be accessed at Careers Advice Service.

The UCEM Job Shop can be updated weekly with industry vacancies from employers, often alumni themselves, interested in UCEM students and graduates.

UCEM’s mentoring programme supports students with their studies, career development and industry knowledge. We regularly recruit new mentors from our alumni.

Will there be an online celebration?

Yes. Graduate Celebration Week – an online celebration on social media – will take place twice in 2021.