Graduation Ceremony | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Graduation Ceremony

Central's Graduation Ceremony

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Graduation Ceremony will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

All graduands who are made an award through the year are invited to the sole annual ceremony. Central very much hopes that all graduands will be able to attend the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate their great success with family, friends and staff and we look forward to seeing you there.

For enquiries, please email the Graduation team at


Graduands are seated alphabetically by award, then course name and then their surname at the front of the auditorium. This is the order that graduands process in.

Guest seats are then allocated in order of receipt of ticket orders and successful payment – please therefore be advised that early bookings will be allocated seats closer to the stage. Further information about the order of ceremony and other events taking place on the day will be sent out closer to the ceremony date. The Royal Festival Hall is accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users – further information is available on the Southbank Centre website. We recommend that as per the RFH policy, children under 7 years of age are not brought to the Ceremony to avoid interruption.

Please note that award certificates for all graduands are sent out by the University of London directly to you and are not issued by the School or available at the ceremony. Information about this certificate production process is issued with your results letter.


The venue will be open to graduands and their guests from 10.00am. The latest time that it is recommended to arrive at the venue is 11.30am, to allow time for robing and photography, but earlier arrival is obviously recommended to avoid a rush, bearing in mind that all graduands will need to be seated in the auditorium by 1.00pm prompt for a briefing. The auditorium opens for guests at 2.00pm.


You will be required to wear an academic gown, hood and hat for the Ceremony. You can make your own arrangements for gown and hat hire through the academic outfitters Ede & Ravenscroft by visiting their Graduation Services website. You will see that they advise you to place your order at least 21 days before the Ceremony. Their website will allow orders for as long as they can. Your order will then be available for collection on the day at the Royal Festival Hall.

Please ensure that you do make a booking as we will have to turn away anyone arriving at the ceremony without arrangements for a gown and hat. Please also note that when selecting your gown, you need to specify both University of London and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as your qualification (i.e. BA, MA, PhD etc). Further guidance is available on the Ede & Ravenscroft website. 

Gown, hood and hat designs

University of London Bachelor of Arts

University of London Master of Arts

University of London Diploma and Certificate

University of London Doctorate


Information for photography services through Ede & Ravenscroft is also available and you are advised to make your arrangements as early as possible if you wish to pre-order photographs. Please note that you must pay for any photographs that you order. Visit the Graduation Services website to make your booking.

It will be possible to have your photographs taken from 10.00am on the day and all photographs must be completed before the ceremony starts.

Alumni Association

Please take the time to visit the Alumni Office stand, where you can learn more about how to stay in touch with Central after you graduate. For more information about what it means to be a Central graduate please visit the Alumni webpage. 

Video Capture and Projection

The Ceremony will be projected on a large screen at the venue. 

Please note, footage may also be used by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for media publications and advertising. Ceremony film will be archived for future reference.

All graduands and guests should be aware that they may feature in footage captured on the day of the ceremony both in the auditorium and around the Royal Festival Hall venue. By registering to take part in the graduation ceremony and by purchasing guest tickets, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded.


It will be possible for you and your guests to have lunch at the Royal Festival Hall, or alternatively, there are a wide range of local cafes and restaurants nearby on the South Bank. Reservations can be made at some of these and others operate on a ‘walk in’ basis - further information and contact/booking details are given on the Southbank Centre website.

Please note that the Ceremony and any celebrations that follow will formally be over by 5.00pm, but the public areas of the Royal Festival Hall will remain open to guests.


Book tickets with Ede & Ravenscroft

Tickets can be booked through Ede & Ravenscroft Graduation Services. Whether the graduand or a guest is making the booking, they will require the Student ID number, @cssd email address and surname of the graduand. 


What is the refund policy?

Refunds are offered via email request up until 23:59 GMT on 29th November 2019 through Ede & Ravenscroft Graduation Services

Is my registration/ticket transferrable to another graduand?

No. Please do not transfer your tickets to a friend as we need to know which graduands are attending and which aren't. Please cancel your tickets if you or any of your guests are unable to attend.

Can I book tickets before I clear outstanding debt with the School?

Yes. You can make a booking, but this will be cancelled if the debt is not cleared by 29th November 2019. Any guest tickets not linked to a graduand may not be refunded unless explicitly requested by 29th November 2019.

Can graduands process on stage without wearing a cap and gown?

No. It is a formal requirement of graduands to process in full academic dress. Graduands will be prevented from processing if they are in line but are not wearing their academic dress. Graduands who wish to attend the ceremony, but not hire from Ede & Ravenscroft, can sit with guests in the auditorium and should indicate this on their booking in the Special Requirements section.

Event price

Graduands - Free, Guests - £20

Event dates

9 Dec 2019 - 1:45pm

7 Dec 2020 - 1:45pm

6 Dec 2021 - 1:45pm

Book tickets with Ede & Ravenscroft