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Honorary Degree in Education graduation ceremony

Postponement of Honorary Degree in Education ceremony

Due to the ongoing uncertainty about the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency and government restrictions on gatherings, the University is postponing all its July 2020 graduation ceremonies. This means the Honorary Degree in Education graduation ceremony, scheduled on Friday 24 July, will not be taking place on this date.

We understand this will be disappointing for honorary graduates planning to attend but know you will understand the health and safety of our alumni, students and staff has to be our top priority.

We are working closely with the graduations team to schedule a new ceremony date as soon as possible.

We hope all honorary graduates and guests who wish to join this special occasion will be able to attend the new ceremony date and we will keep in touch as soon as we have more details for you.

Booking for the Honorary Degree in Education graduation ceremony and certificate will remain open.

Please note: We will also need to postpone sending Honorary Degree certificates until after the new ceremony date.

Welcome to our Certificate in Education alumni

This special ceremony is open to all Kingston alumni who completed a Certificate of Education (prior to 1979) at Gipsy Hill College or Kingston Polytechnic, following a special resolution passed by the Kingston University Senate, to award you an Honorary Degree in Education from Kingston University and to celebrate your career in teaching.

You will find all the latest information you need about our Education Honorary Degree graduation ceremony on this page.

Your Honorary Degree

When is the Honorary Degree ceremony?

As you can imagine Kingston University is working through unprecedented changes, and it is possible that the Honorary Degree in Education graduation ceremony will be postponed for a full year to July 2021. If you have booked for the ceremony or registered your interest to attend, we will contact you as soon as the new ceremony date is confirmed.

I am not sure I can attend the new ceremony date. What should I do?

If you have booked an honorary graduate free ticket and would still like to attend the ceremony, please do nothing and we will rollover your booking to the new ceremony date. We will contact you as soon as the new ceremony date is confirmed and if at this point you would like to cancel your booking please email educationhons@kingston.ac.uk.

If you have booked a guest ticket and would still like to attend the ceremony, please do nothing and we will rollover your booking to the new ceremony date. We will contact you as soon as the new ceremony date is confirmed, and if at this point you would like to cancel your booking and get a refund please email educationhons@kingston.ac.uk.

If at this time you would like to cancel and rebook when the new ceremony date is confirmed, or get a refund on your guest ticket please email educationhons@kingston.ac.uk.

Where is the Honorary Degree ceremony?

The Honorary Degree ceremony will take place at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames, followed by a celebration reception at The Guildhall in Kingston-upon-Thames.

We will send you a 'Planning Your Day' guide in advance of the ceremony with details about what will happen on the day, including arrival time, registration, ceremony guide, gown collection, official photography and certificate collection.

Booking open for Honorary Degree ceremony

Book your ticket via our online ceremony booking form.

Please note: You must book a ticket via our online booking form, even if you have previously registered your interest in this event.

Book now for your Honorary Degree ceremony.

How do I get my certificate if I can't attend the ceremony?

If you are unable to attend the Honorary Degree ceremony, you can receive your Honorary Degree by post, please apply via our online certificate order form. Your name will appear in our commemorative Honorary Degree ceremony programme and you will be sent a copy with your certificate.

We will endeavour to send out certificates shortly after the ceremony takes place. However, please note that due to the amount of eligible recipients – as many as 4,000 – we are unable to confirm when individual certificates will be dispatched.

Order your Honorary Degree certificate.

I am not attending the graduation ceremony. Can you send my certificate this July 2020?

We can only provide Honorary Degree in Education certificates after the official Honorary Degree in Education graduation ceremony has taken place, and the conferment of the award.

Honorary Degree FAQs

  • Am I eligible to receive an Honorary Degree?
  • You are eligible for an Honorary Degree in Education from Kingston University if you left Gipsy Hill College or Kingston Polytechnic before 1979 with a Certificate in Education (Cert Ed).

    We reserve the right to check and verify bookings to the ceremony and applications for receiving Honorary Degree certificates from Kingston University. At the point of booking, or shortly afterwards, we may ask for evidence of your original Certificate in Education award or further evidence of attendance.

    We know that over time, documents will be misplaced; however, Kingston University is not able to supply replacements or copies of original documents and certificates to alumni who achieved awards prior to 1992.

    Please note that we are unfortunately unable to award this Honorary Degree posthumously.

  • What name will be printed on my certificate?
  • Please enter your name on the online booking form as you would like it to appear on your certificate. So, if you have changed your name since studying at Gipsy Hill, just enter the name you prefer to be on your certificate. We will accept versions that acknowledge marital name changes, for example, you could choose to have your name appear in the following ways:

    • Samantha Smith
    • Samantha Jones
    • Samantha Smith, née Jones

    Please note we will not include titles on your certificate (Mr, Mrs, Ms or others).

  • Data protection
  • Graduates and guests should be aware that the Conferment of Honorary Degree ceremony will be regarded as a public event. Your name will be published in the commemorative Honorary Degree programme. The names printed in the programme will be as accurate as possible at the time of going to print.

    Your contact details will be used by Kingston Alumni to keep you informed about events and other university-related activities. Your details will not be passed on to a third party. If you do not wish your data to be used for this purpose please email alumni@kingston.ac.uk and 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

    Read more about our Privacy Policy.

Honorary Degree ceremony ticket information

Honorary Degree graduate tickets are free of charge - but you still have to book a ticket to attend the ceremony ticket via our online ceremony booking form. You can buy one guest ticket only charged at £27 for the Honorary Degree Ceremony at the Rose Theatre. However, you can bring further guests on the day to the celebration reception at The Guildhall.

Book now for your Honorary Degree ceremony.

Honorary Degree ceremony ticket FAQs

  • Do I have to pay for my ticket?
  • Tickets to the ceremony will be free of charge for Honorary Degree graduates. You will receive your Honorary Degree certificate and a copy of our commemorative Honorary Degree ceremony programme, and be invited to a celebration reception.

  • Do guests have to pay?
  • Guest tickets will be charged at £27, which is in line with all graduation ceremonies and will help to pay toward the cost of the ceremony.

  • How many tickets can I book for the ceremony?
  • You can buy one guest ticket only for the ceremony at the Rose Theatre, due to limited capacity. However, you can bring further guests on the day to the celebration reception at The Guildhall.

  • How do I book tickets?
  • Please book your ticket via our online ceremony booking form.

  • I have already registered my interest, do I still need to book?
  • Yes, please book your ticket via our online ceremony booking form.

  • Who should I inform if my guests or I have special requirements?
  • When you book online please provide details of any special requirements - such as mobility difficulties. If we don't know your requirements well in advance, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to accommodate them on the day.

  • How and when will I receive my tickets?
  • Your tickets will be posted to you in advance of the ceremony.

  • I have booked but am no longer able to attend. What should I do?
  • If you are unable to attend your ceremony, please email the Kingston Alumni team on educationhons@kingston.ac.uk.

Planning your day

We will send you a 'Planning Your Day' guide in advance of the ceremony with details about what will happen on the day, including arrival time, registration, collecting your gown, official photography, ceremony guide and collecting your certificate.

Planning your day FAQs

  • When should I arrive?
  • We will send you a 'Planning Your Day' guide in advance of the ceremony with advice about what time to arrive to ensure you have enough preparation time before the start of the Honorary Degree ceremony (eg registration, collecting your gown, photography).

  • How long does the ceremony last?
  • Approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, but times do vary.

  • Where will I and my guest be seated?
  • You will be seated with your guest and as closely as possible with the rest of your class group.

  • Can children attend the ceremony?
  • You can bring a child over the age of 11 as your guest to the Honorary Degree ceremony at the Rose Theatre, but he/she will need a guest ticket, which will be charged at the standard guest ticket price of £27.

  • What happens during the ceremony?
  • You will be seated with your guest and as closely as possible with the rest of your class group. After the welcome speeches, the master of ceremonies will ask everyone from your class group to stand (or raise their hand). The master of ceremonies will then read out the name of each person in the group receiving an Honorary Degree in Education - followed by a collective applause! This will be repeated for each class group. You will not be required to walk across the stage.

    There will be more details in the 'Planning Your Day' guide that will be sent to you in advance of the ceremony.

  • What happens after the ceremony?
  • Please make your way to The Guildhall with your guests for our celebration reception. The Guildhall is across the road from the Rose Theatre, approximately two to three minute walk.

  • Where do I collect my certificate from?
  • We will send you a 'Planning Your Day' guide in advance of the ceremony with details about what will happen on the day, including arrival time, registration, collecting your gown, official photography, ceremony guide and collecting your certificate.

  • Accessibility
  • When you book online please provide details of any special requirements – such as mobility difficulties. If we don't know your requirements well in advance, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to accommodate them on the day.

Dress code

Graduations are friendly rather than formal but, as it's a special occasion, most people - including guests - go smartly dressed. We hope that all honorary graduands will want to wear formal ‘academic dress' (hat, hood and gown) for the occasion. However, this is not compulsory.

The Graduate Gowning Company supplies all Kingston University's academic dress. There will be a charge of approximately £45 for the hire of your full outfit (hat, hood and gown). We will send you full details in advance of the ceremony.

Graduation photography

We will send you a 'Planning Your Day' guide in advance of the ceremony with details about official photography. Your guests can also take cameras and camcorders in the Rose Theatre foyers and the auditorium and take pictures during the ceremony.

Please note graduates and guests who attend Kingston University graduation ceremonies give their consent to the recording and transmission of their images (still and moving) for Kingston University publicity purposes.

Any other questions?

If you have any queries about the Honorary Degree in Education, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations and Engagement team:

Janice Larden-Price - Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement
Monica Patel - Alumni and Supporter Relations Officer

Email: educationhons@kingston.ac.uk
Phone: 07766 820932.