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Before you graduate

Invitations to our graduation ceremonies are issued to all final year students in anticipation of the successful completion of a course. Therefore, you must register for your graduation ceremony before you receive your results.

These pages guide you through a checklist of what you need to do in preparation for your graduation:

If you have any queries about preparing for your graduation, please email or call 01695 657390.

Graduation merchandise will be available to purchase in the Hub on the day of your graduation. You can also pre-order graduation teddies and premium graduation hoodies online from the SU shop or by calling 01695 657301.


To confirm you wish to attend your graduation ceremony, you will need to complete the online registration process. You will receive details of how to register in an email and postcard invitation.

Visit the Graduation registration page between 10am on Tuesday 23 April and 10am on Tuesday 14 May 2024 to register for your Graduation Ceremony.

All eligible students who are due to be invited to graduation receive an invitation postcard prior to registration opening.

If you have not yet received your results, you should still register your intention to attend.

Upon submitting the online registration form, an email acknowledging receipt of your request will be sent to your Edge Hill University account.

A graduate poses for a photo with his family next to the lake on the western side of campus while wearing his graduation robe and mortar board.

If you have changed your name since enrolment, you must complete a Change of Personal Details form, available from the Student Administration Centre, to ensure that your award is issued in the correct name. Supporting documentation to verify your change of name will be required. Please note, it will not be possible to change the name on your certificate retrospectively.

If you have left the University; your Edge Hill student account will be reinstated in April so you can register for your graduation ceremony. If you have forgotten your password and need to generate a password recovery email to your previously registered alternative email address, please visit Password Reset – Edge Hill University. If you know your password and need to change it, please visit Change Password – Edge Hill University. If you need help and support, please email  for assistance.

If you choose not to attend your graduation, your degree will be conferred ‘in absentia’. It will not be possible to attend an alternative ceremony at a later date unless there are compelling exceptional circumstances.

Your details

To ensure we have your correct information, please log into your student record with your University username and password. You need to check that the following details are correct:

  • Full name – this will be printed on your certificate.
  • Home address – this is the address we will send your certificate to.

Name pronunciation

If you have a name that is frequently mispronounced, you can provide guidance on how to say your name correctly. When you complete your registration form there will be a section regarding name pronunciation, please record your name as you would like it pronounced. This information will be added to the presenter’s script.

Additional Requirements

At the time of registering please let us know if you have special requirements we need to be aware of such as:

·   You or your guests require a BSL Interpreter (only available upon request)

·   Wheelchair user

·   Guide/Assistance dog user

·   Temporary disability (i.e. broken leg)

·   Individual needs or access requirements

You will need to contact us by email or on 01695 657 390. We may contact you prior to the day to discuss any special arrangements with you.

Guest tickets

Graduation ceremonies are ticketed events and seating capacity is limited.

In addition to your own ticket, you are entitled to two complimentary guest tickets. These are not automatically allocated and you must request guest tickets when you register to attend your graduation.

Additional guest tickets may be requested during the registration process but these cannot be guaranteed.

Children require a guest ticket and must be accompanied by an adult. Please remember that graduation is a formal occasion and very young guests may struggle to find the ceremony an engaging experience. Live screenings of each graduation ceremony is held in the Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education (Lakeside) building) and outdoors in the Rock Garden (near to the Arts Centre). These areas may be more suitable for very young children.

A graduate and her parents stand on the piazza overlooking the lake on the western side of campus.

If you or your guests have any special requirements, for example due to disability, please notify us using the Special Requirements section of the online registration form. Alternatively, you can email or call on 01695 657390. We will make every effort to accommodate the needs of all graduands and guests providing we are informed in advance.

Graduation invitation letter

A graduation invite letter is a letter that students can use to show they are due to graduate from Edge Hill University and have been invited to a graduation ceremony.

The letter includes the graduation ceremony date, and can be used for various reasons:

  • to submit as part of a visa application for the student
  • to submit as part of a visa application for the student’s guests.

Students due to graduate can request the letter by completing the online form.

In order to request a letter you must first register to attend your ceremony.

Robe hire

You must hire the appropriate academic dress and collect it on your graduation day.

To ensure you are wearing the correct academic dress for your award please order it from the University’s official robe maker, Marston Events.

The hire fee for a gown, hood and hat ranges from £40 – £48.

You will need to supply Marston Events with your height, chest/bust measurement and hat size (meaning the circumference of your head, taken just above your ears).

If you have any questions or issues with ordering your robes, please complete the Marston Events contact form.

A graduate poses for a photo in his robe and mortar board at the front of the Main Building on campus.

We recommend that you choose a smart outfit with buttons on it to wear under your gown on graduation day. This will make it easier for your hood to stay in place. You will have to walk up and down steps within the theatre so suitable footwear should also be worn.

The appearance of your academic dress will vary depending on your award.

The University has entered into a concession contract with our current gowning and photography suppliers and receives commission from the hire and sale of academic dress/photography purchases. For more information, please contact

The deadline to order robes is 5pm Friday 14 June 2024.

Please note gowns ordered on the day of your ceremony are subject to an additional £5 fee.

Certificates, diplomas and foundation degrees

  • Hat: Black mortar board
  • Gown: Black London University style
  • Hood: Black hood in a CNAA shape lined in green.

Bachelor degrees

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board
  • Gown: Black London University style
  • Hood: Black hood in a CNAA shape lined in green with the cowl edged inside with one inch purple.

PGCerts, PGDips and PGCEs

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board
  • Gown: Black London University style
  • Hood: Black full shaped hood with square corners on the cape. Lined in purple and edged with one inch green inside the cowl.

Master’s degrees

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board
  • Gown: Black Master’s style featuring straight opening and straight ends at the bottom of the sleeve
  • Hood: Black full shaped hood with square corners on the cape. Lined in purple with one inch of green inside the cowl. The cape edged outside with one inch of gold.


  • Hat: Black Cloth Bonnet, trimmed with a purple cord and tassel
  • Gown: Blue/Purple Oxford Doctors style with the front facings five inches wide in green taffeta. The sleeve ends trimmed in five inches of the same green taffeta.
  • Hood: Purple full shaped hood with square corners. Lined in green with one inch of gold inside the cowl.
PhD Doctorate graduation robe.


Marston Events provide the official photography service at all Edge Hill University graduation ceremonies. The photography studios on campus will open two hours before your ceremony commences.

Studios will close prior to the start of your ceremony to enable graduands to be seated. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to have your photograph taken prior to your ceremony getting underway. The studios will be open until approximately one hour after the last ceremony has finished on each day.

Although you do not need to choose your photo package in advance, you can view the options available. Marston Events staff will be on hand on the day to answer any queries you may have in relation to photography.

Three graduates stand outside the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Your place at a graduation ceremony is subject to you successfully completing your programme (including any placement elements) and your degree being approved by your department’s exam board.

To find out when your results will be published, please email or contact your department. There is no need to notify us of your results once you have received them.

If you do not complete your programme successfully in advance of your scheduled graduation date, you will not be able to attend your ceremony. In these circumstances, you will be invited to attend a future ceremony following the eventual completion of your course.

If you have ordered a gown and are unable to attend your ceremony for any reason, Marston Events will be happy to refund your payment. Please contact Marston Events directly on 01293 822211 to arrange this.

Two graduates, wearing their caps and gowns, stand on the piazza on the western side of campus.


To be eligible to attend your graduation ceremony, you must not be in debt to the University.

If you are unable to attend your intended ceremony due to being in debt to the University, you will not be eligible to attend a future ceremony unless there are compelling exceptional circumstances.

If you are unsure whether you are in debt to the University, please contact the Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries Team by emailing

If you have ordered a gown and are unable to attend your ceremony for any reason, Marston Events will be happy to refund your payment (providing this is five working days prior to your ceremony). Please contact Marston Events directly on 01293 822211 to arrange this.

Please pay all outstanding fees by 5pm Friday 24 May 2024.

A graduate stands in her robe and mortar board with arms folded outside the front entrance to the Main Building on campus.

Pre-ceremony pack

Pre-ceremony information will be sent to your permanent home address in the week prior to your graduation.

If you have not received your pre-ceremony guide by Wednesday 10 July 2024 then please get in touch.


All our graduation ceremonies take place at the Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk where there is on-site parking for graduands and guests (subject to availability).

There are good transport links to the University and a free Edge Link bus service runs regularly between the campus and Ormskirk town centre.

If you or your guests require accommodation, there is a wide choice of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses situated near the University and in surrounding towns and cities such as Burscough, Southport and Liverpool.

Search for suitable accommodation online.

We also have a small number of ensuite rooms available on campus. These rooms are for single occupancy, and all guests must be over age 16.

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A graduate poses by a direction information sign on campus, wearing his graduation robe and mortar board.