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Graduation ceremonies

I don’t think I’ve been anywhere where there was a greater sense of genuine deep joy as at The Open University graduation ceremony.

Sir Tim Smit KBE, Honorary Graduate, Co-Founder of The Eden Project
Graduation day is a day of recognition and celebration.  The ceremony is a happy milestone: the culmination of your studies and a day to remember fondly for the rest of your life.

Fittingly, The Open University holds its annual series of degree ceremonies at prestigious venues across the world, including The Barbican Centre in London, The Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the Palais de Congrès in Versailles.


Graduating last year was definitely one of the best days of my life. The Open University staff made it so special.

Kathryn Southard, BA Hons in Childhood and Youth Studies

You’ll be eligible to be presented at a degree ceremony if you’ve completed a research degree, a taught Doctorate, a Masters degree, a Bachelors degree, a Foundation Degree, a Diploma of Higher Education or the Professional Certificate in Education with The Open University.

Provided that you’ve completed the correct modules, and they’re all linked to the qualification, you’ll receive confirmation of your qualification online and you’ll book your place at a ceremony.

For graduation, academic dress is usually worn. Open University academic dress consists of hood and gown (mortarboards aren’t worn at Open University degree ceremonies). The gowns are differing shades of blue, and the hoods are various mixtures of blue, white and gold, according to the type of degree you’ve achieved.

Ede and Ravenscroft provides official gown hire at each ceremony. Founded in 1689, Ede and Ravenscroft is London’s oldest tailor and robe maker. They provide ceremonial robes for all occasions, dress the judiciary and ensure that graduates from all over the world look their best at graduation ceremonies, including those of The Open University.

Watch interviews with Open University graduates on their graduation day in Versailles.

The degree ceremony was lovely. My wife and two children came and we all went out to dinner that night… The Open University has had many years of experience putting on these ceremonies and it was very well done.

Trevor Waddington OBE, BA (Honours) History

Going to the graduation ceremony was great and marked the end of the journey beautifully, it was the cherry on the cake. My husband, children, parents and parents-in-law all came and we had a fantastic day.

Sophie Hearn, MA History
Having graduated, you'll become part of our worldwide alumni network and, no doubt, one of our success stories!