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The date for the CIM Graduation Ceremony has now changed.
To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, the date for this year's Graduation Ceremony has been moved to 25 September 2021. As this new date falls later in the year after the lifting of restrictions, bookings have now re-opened for the CIM Graduation Ceremony, for those students who have passed their last exam in December 2019, April 2020 and July 2020. For the remaining boards there will be an additional ceremony later this Autumn. Please do keep an eye out for further communications from CIM on what this may mean for you.
To ensure you enjoy this special occasion without a glitch, we’ve pieced together all the information you need.
This event is by invitation only and for graduates who have passed with their last exam in December 2019, April 2020, July 2020 for the following qualifications:
• Diploma in Professional Marketing
• Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing
• Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing
• CIM Marketing Leadership Programme
• Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing
For graduates who have passed with their last exam in September 2020 and December 2020, there will be an additional ceremony held for you later this Autumn. Please do keep an eye out for further communications from CIM.
25 September 2021
What happens next?
Please ensure you read this webpage prior to booking onto the Ceremony.
Click on the ‘Book Now’ button to book your place (including any guests). All students must book their place by 06 August 2021. Places must only be booked from the time of receiving your invitation. Bookings will not be permitted if students have not completed and passed their qualification.
As a graduate, there is no fee to attend the Ceremony. Information on guests and the costs can be found below.
Order your robe through Ede & Ravenscroft (please see below) by 03 September 2021.
Purchase photography and merchandise (not essential).
Look out for the programme which will be emailed to you on 25 August 2021.
25 September 2021
To book your free place at the Graduation Ceremony you will need to register using the ‘Book now’ button on the right-hand side of this page. You will also have the option of purchasing up to three guest tickets, for which payment needs to be completed by 06 August 2021.
Please note bookings will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
All graduates who have booked to attend will receive an acknowledgement soon after and will be sent confirmation details and a detailed programme for the day by email on 25 August 2021.
Graduates will collect tickets for themselves and their guests when registering at the venue on the day. Please note that regrettably children under eight are not permitted into the auditorium while the ceremony is taking place but are able to wait with a guardian in the cafeteria until the ceremony ends.
- Graduates - free of charge
- Guests (up to three) - £35 per guest
Further guest tickets can be requested and placed on a waiting list. Students will be notified of any extra guest places by email (subject to availability).
Guest tickets must be paid online at the time of booking. Additionally, requested tickets must be paid when their availability is confirmed, not on the day of the event.
Please complete steps 1-8 below covering registration, robe collection, and photography before 11:00 – late arrivals will not be able to take part in the ceremony.
09:00 - 10:30Registration - time slots allocated by surname
Step 1: Registration by surname - Library
For the safety of all of our staff and fellow graduates, please ensure you only arrive during the times above, in accordance with your surname.
On arrival at the venue, please make your way up the short set of stairs where you will be guided to registration. Please ensure you follow the one-way system in place and direct yourself to the desk. Please have your confirmation email ready to show the registration desk where you will be given:
- Your registration ticket which will state your allocated seat number for the ceremony. Please keep this ticket with you throughout the event and ensure you sit in the seat allocated – this is essential so that your name is called out at the correct time.
- A ticket for each of your guests indicating which area they should sit in for the ceremony. Please note there are no specific seat numbers for guests.
- Your Graduation Ceremony brochure.
Step 2: Robe collection - Aldersgate
Please collect your robe from Ede & Ravenscroft, which is located on the lower ground floor. There will a one-way system to guide you to this area. We ask that graduates only enter the robing area itself to avoid any high traffic.
Step 3: Photography - Aldersgate
After collecting your robe, if you would like an official photograph, proceed with your guests to Ede & Ravenscroft photographer which is located next to robing.
Step 4: Relax with peers - Lecture Hall
Once you have completed your robing and photography, please make your way back up the stairs to our allocated waiting area where you can meet your peers and purchase any merchandise to remember your special day.
11:00 - 11:15Seated in the Great Hall
Step 5: Seated in the Great Hall – first floor
- The Great Hall doors open at 11:00. Please make your way to the hall on the first floor for seating and have your ticket ready to show the stewards. You will be guided to your allocated seat and your guests to the relevant area.
- Ensure that your seat number matches the number on your ticket.
- Please be seated by 11:15 – you are required to wear your robe and mortarboard hat throughout the Graduation Ceremony.
11:30 - 12:30Graduation Ceremony
Step 6: Graduation Ceremony starts
- You must remain in the Great Hall until the ceremony ends. Expected finishing time is between 12:30 and 13:00.
- Depending on the qualification you have passed, in surname alphabetical order, the stewards will ask you to create a queue in preparation for you being called onto the stage. You will then need to return to your allocated seat.
12:30 - 13:00Robe return and close
Step 7: Robe return
All hired robes must be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft by 13:00.
Step 8: Close
We hope you will have enjoyed your Graduation Ceremony and wish you all the best for your future marketing career.
Cancellation and refund policy
Guest tickets are non-refundable six weeks prior to the event. The last day for refunds is 13 August 2021. Refund requests should be made to email@example.com.
It is compulsory for all graduates to wear a robe for the Graduation Ceremony. The robe hire service is available through Ede & Ravenscroft. Place your order and payment directly with them online or over the phone by calling +44 (0) 1223 861854. Please note we cannot organise payment for you. Orders for robe hire should be placed by 03 September 2021. When placing your robe order, please quote your relevant qualification in full as a specific robe will be allocated to you.
Please ensure you wear smart business attire under your robe.
Specialist graduation photographers, Ede & Ravenscroft, will be available on the day of the ceremony. Full details are available on their website. You are able to book your prints in advance or on the day itself.
Lunch and refreshments
Please note that lunch and refreshments are not included. However, food items and refreshments are available to be purchased at the venue from the cafeteria.
Accommodation and travel
Please note that graduates must book their own accommodation and travel arrangements. We have put together a unique HotelMap to help ensure that you find the best accommodation near the venue and always get exclusive special offers. Simply click here to start your search.
Note: All expenses incurred, such as travel, accommodation, lunch, refreshments, etc, are the graduates’ responsibility.
For all enquiries, please contact the graduation team.
25 September 2021
Why has the date of my Graduation Ceremony changed?
We are still keen to bring you the Graduation Ceremony you deserve to celebrate all your hard work towards your qualification. However, with the continuing changing landscape and following government guidelines relating to large public events, we have had to move the event to Saturday 25 September 2021 for the safety of our graduates and staff.
Can CIM help me with my visa application?
Visa applications are the responsibility of the graduate. CIM is strictly unable to provide funding, visa letters or involvement in applications. CIM does not issue any special documentation to graduates or their guests in connection with visa applications to attend the Graduation Ceremony.
How much are guest tickets and how many guests can I invite?
Graduates are free to attend the Graduation Ceremony. Guest tickets are at a fee of £35 per person (including children over eight). Graduates can invite up to three guests.
Please note that children under eight (including babies), are not permitted into the auditorium while the ceremony is taking place but are able to wait with a guardian in the cafeteria until the ceremony ends.
Can I cancel my guest ticket?
Guest tickets are non-refundable six weeks prior to the event. The last day for refunds is 13 August 2021. Refund requests should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who should I contact about special requirements?
If you or your guests have any special requirements, you should inform the Graduation team of these during the booking process. Please note that graduates normally ascend and descend the stage via a short set of steps. If this is problematic, please email us at email@example.com
Please note that the venue is fully accessible.
What shall I do about my gown and photography?
You will be able to purchase the hire of your gown and photography directly with Ede & Ravenscroft once you receive your Graduation Ceremony invitation via email. Further information on how to do this can be found in the ‘Other’ section.
Academic dress is imperative if you are a graduate. Without a gown, you will not be permitted into the auditorium to take part in your graduation.
Photography is optional and can be purchased in advance of the Ceremony, or on the day itself.
Where is the venue for the Graduation Ceremony?
The 2021 Graduation Ceremony will take place at Central Hall Westminster. The full address can be found below:
Central Hall Westminster
What time should I arrive at the venue?
Registration opens from 09:30. You will not be permitted to register nor collect your gown prior to this. If you do arrive at the venue early, you will be directed to the cafeteria or the guest waiting area until registration opens.
Will I receive my diploma at the Graduation Ceremony?
Please note that you will not receive your diploma – this will be posted to you 12 weeks after your final exam.