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.

Those receiving their results in October can expect to receive an invitation by mid-October, via email, to a graduation ceremony which will be taking place on Saturday 3 December.

Those students who participate in the resubmission period in October 2022 will receive their results in November 2022 and will be invited to a ceremony taking place in June 2023.

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 how to get there will be provided 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:

  • Saturday 3 December 2022
  • Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2023
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 ‘Help’ page of the VLE. Your invitation will be sent in October, shortly after you receive your results. If you have not received your invitation by mid-October 2022, please check your spam folder, then contact the graduation team.

Those who have received their results in or before October 2022 will be invited to the December 2022 ceremony. If you do not respond to your invitation to the December 2022 ceremony, you will not automatically be invited to a further ceremony and it will be assumed that you wish to graduate in absentia.

Those students who participate in the resubmission period in October 2022 will receive their results in November 2022 and will be invited to a ceremony taking place in June 2023.

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 your needs or those of 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 your graduation day a truly special experience for you, your friends and family 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.

Several ceremonies take place throughout the day.

Each ceremony is expected to take about an hour, after which there will be a drinks reception, where you will be able to meet other students and tutors from your cohort. After the event, 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.

What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?

If you do not respond to your invitation to the December 2022 ceremony, you will not automatically be invited to a further ceremony and it will be assumed that you wish to graduate in absentia. If you were expecting to attend the December graduation but do not think you received an invitation, please check your spam folder. If you cannot see it there then please contact the Graduation team.

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 invited 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?

You will not be invited to register for graduation if any outstanding fees/debts are owed to UCEM. Failure to pay outstanding fees/debts by the time the assessment board releases the results for your programme of study, will nullify your eligiblity to graduate at the forthcoming graduation ceremony. Students who have incurred outstanding fees/debts will be notified in writing by the finance office.

How much does it cost to attend?

UCEM does not currently charge for students to attend their graduation ceremonies. However, guest places are charged at the following rates:

Adult guest places (18 years and older) – £15 each

Child guest places (4-17 years of age) – £5 each

Infant guest places (0-3 years of age) – free and do not need to be booked, but children of this age will be expected to sit on the knee of an adult guest.

There is a cost 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 and that of your guests, when you book your robes and your guest places. You and your guests are advised to bring this confirmation with you on the day.

Do children require a booked place?

You will need to book a place for any child who is four years old or older. Any child who is three years old or younger must sit on the lap of one of your guests, but you will not need to book a place for them.

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 they are receiving. Our gown suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft, will be able to advise you on the correct gown for your award.

Full information on how to hire your gown will be sent with information about your ceremony date and time.

How do I hire my gown?

Full details of how to hire your gown through Ede & Ravenscroft, UCEM’s gown supplier, gown will be sent with information about your ceremony date and time.

Refunds may be available from the company, in line with their refund policy, if you have placed an order but are then unable to attend your graduation ceremony.

Robe hire fees

  • Certificate, postgraduate certificate, diploma, postgraduate diploma, foundation, bachelors 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. The ceremony will be streamed online via the UCEM YouTube channel.

Graduate Celebration Week – a celebration on social media – will take place from 4-9 December 2022.

Prizes and Awards

A number of prizes and awards are made at our graduation ceremonies.


Academic Prizes

Academic prizes recognise the best performing student from each programme of study over the academic year.

  • The award is a financial gift and is awarded once a year, at the December graduation
Chapman Adkin Award

The Chapman Adkin Award was instituted to recognise the performance of students who have shown special endeavour in studying one of UCEM’s programmes, usually in the face of some personal difficulty or adversity.

Nominees must have shown special endeavour in their studies, but do not need to have completed them. Nominations can be made by a staff member, employer or student at any stage of their studies.

  • The award is a financial gift and is awarded at both the June and December ceremonies

Chapman Adkin Award Nomination Form

Peter Goodacre Award

Peter Goodacre studied at the College of Estate Management, qualifying in 1968. He worked as a Quantity Surveyor in private practice before spending a year at the University of Loughborough where he completed an MSc in Construction.  He joined the teaching staff at the College of Estate Management in 1970 and became Vice Principal in 1984 and Principal in 1992.  During his time, he saw the college move into distance learning.  At the time of his departure in 2007 the college had grown significantly in its international work and was operating in 80 countries with around 4000 students. Peter Goodacre was a UCEM Honorary Fellow from 2007 until his death in 2021.

  • The award is made for the best overall performance across all UCEM programmes
  • The award is a financial gift and is awarded annually