The winter graduation ceremonies 2023 will take place in the week commencing Monday 20 November. For those graduating in summer 2024, the ceremonies will take place in the week commencing Monday 15 July.
Graduating students need to only book tickets for their guests this can be done via ICON. Students can book tickets for two venues, including Carlisle Cathedral, where guests will be in attendance of the live ceremony, and Tullie House, where guests can watch a live stream of the event from down the road.
After the deadline, the booking system will close, and you will not be able to register your attendance.
Invitations for graduation will be sent via email. Students should book through ICON at the same time as booking guest tickets.
Next ceremony deadline: Friday 22 September
Find out more about non-attendance on our booking information page.
Graduation is a special occasion, an exciting occasion marking your achievement at the University of Cumbria. For the event, students are required to wear full academic dress, including the gown, hood, and mortarboard.
Gowns can be hired from our supplier, Ede & Ravenscroft at least 21 days before your ceremony.
On the Day
You will start your day by collecting your tickets and gown from the Fratry. Following this, graduates will line up and process through Carlisle's historic quarter, arriving at Carlisle Cathedral for a ceremony commemorating your achievements.
The schedule for your graduation day will be published one month in advance.
Following the graduation ceremony you will have the opportunity to have professional photography captured by Ede & Ravenscroft. These will take place in the Crown & Mitre Hotel.
We recommend you book your photographs at least 10 days before the ceremony.
When booking your place online, we ask that you please indicate if you or your guests have any accessibility requirements. Our team will be in touch to discuss support for mobility aids, visual and hearing impairments.
Find out more about requesting accommodations on MyCumbria.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What Happens After Graduation?
You become a member of the University of Cumbria alumni community, a network of over 50,000 graduates worldwide, on graduation day and your relationship with us will continue for life. Our aim is to keep you connected to Cumbria and each other.
Join the Cumbria Network
You receive support from the careers and employability service for up to three years after graduation. Make appointments, book events and workshops, gain CV and application feedback and search the online jobs board.
Activate your graduate account on My Career Enriched
Continue your studies, eligible graduates could receive up to 20% discount on taught courses.
Browse our range of postgraduate courses