SOAS Summer Graduations 2022: Your Guide to Having the Best Graduation Day


Summer graduations are here! After two long years, we’re back on campus to celebrate. So get ready to don your finest gown, meet up with friends and family and commemorate everything you’ve achieved. Between Wednesday 27 July to Friday 29 July, there will be two graduation ceremonies each day, one at 10:00 and one at 14:00.

Ahead of the ceremonies this week, we’ve pulled together a rundown of what to remember and what to expect. The best way of making sure you enjoy the day is to reduce any stress by knowing where you need to be and when. So there’s no rushing around, and you can focus on what you’re there to do – celebrate your time at SOAS!

Your Graduation Day Planned

Here are all the key timings to help make the day go smoothly.

Before you leave the house

Check your travel route. There are planned train strikes on Wednesday 27 July, so make sure you have alternative travel arrangements if you are affected. Driving? Don’t forget to book your parking space if you haven’t already.

Arrive at SOAS

Morning: 08:00 | Afternoon: 12:00
Make sure to arrive at the SOAS campus at least two hours before your Ceremony starts. The campus will likely be busy on the day, so it’s best to get there early to get everything sorted with time to spare.

Dress up in your gown

Morning: 08:15 | Afternoon: 12:15
Collect your graduation gown at DJam Lecture Theatre (DLT) in the Main Building. Don’t forget to have your order reference to hand. After you’re robed up, it’s time for a quick selfie. 

Get that picture for the wall 

Pick the right time for you
It’s the picture you’ve been waiting for! If you have booked, head to G1 and RG01 in the Main Building to have your photo taken by Ede & Ravenscroft. They are open from 07:30 – 17:00.

Make your way to the Ceremony

Morning: 09:00 | Afternoon: 13:00
The Ceremony will take place at Friends House. Once you’ve got your graduation gown, make your way there. It is about a 10-minute walk from the SOAS campus. Look out for the SOAS stewards in brightly coloured t-shirts who will point you in the right direction. 

Register for the Ceremony

Morning: 09:10 | Afternoon: 13:10
Once you arrive at Friends House, you’ll need to register and collect your tickets. Registration closes 30 minutes before the Ceremony starts, so make sure to give yourself enough time to get there. If you need to purchase extra tickets, there will be some available at registration but remember to bring cash.

It’s show-time!

Morning: 10:00 | Afternoon: 14:00
This is it. Take your seat and enjoy your graduation. The Ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes. Don’t forget to send a live stream link to friends and family who couldn’t make it. You can also buy a DVD or USB copy of the Ceremony in the Paul Webley Wing afterwards.

Celebrate at the Graduation Reception

Morning: 11:40 | Afternoon: 15:40

After the Ceremony, head back to the SOAS campus for the Post-Graduation Reception at the Paul Webley Wing. You and your guests will need wristbands to enter, and you’ll be given these when you register before your ceremony. There will be refreshments and music to welcome you. If you’d like to buy extra Reception tickets, you can purchase them using our online store.

Share your special day #SOASGrad

Be sure to take photos with your friends and family on campus, and throughout the day using #SOASGrad. Tag us @soasuni on Instagram and @SOAS on Twitter so we can celebrate with you!

Have another question?

Check the full list of FAQs on the Graduation webpage.

So you know where you need to be and when. But remember…

It can be stressful leading up to the day – all the rushing around to get the formal outfit, booking travel, and bringing together family. But once you’re there, take a few deep breaths and enjoy the day! You have worked so hard to get here. The day is a recognition of all your hard work and a celebration of you!

Congratulations and happy graduation to all of you. And remember to stay in touch!

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