Congratulations to all of you who will graduating this summer.  We hope your journey at The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has been enjoyable and rewarding and that you will be able to attend Graduation on Wednesday 5th July 2017.

Graduation is one of the most important days in the RVC calendar. It is a chance for graduands, guests and staff to come together to celebrate all that has been achieved, to reflect on the years spent with us and to look forward to bright and exciting futures.

Graduation takes place at Central Hall Westminster, close to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace and the River Thames.  Ticket sales are now closed. 

Graduation will be live streamed and details will be published here ahead of the ceremony. 

Register with RCVS (BVetMed and VN students only)

For nurses

For students graduating with the FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, admission to the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses will take place at Graduation. Until you have joined this register, you are still a student VN and are not be permitted to carry out Schedule 3 reserved tasks unless supervised by a veterinary surgeon or Registered Veterinary Nurse.

The RVC Veterinary Nursing office will post the RCVS registration forms to all final year FdSc/third-year BSc VN students. Once received, please complete the form and sign after 6th April (you have to sign this no more than three months before the ceremony).  Post back with the registration fee cheque of £81.50 (made payable to the RCVS), direct to Registry in Eclipse by 19th May 2017. If you have any queries, please contact

For vets

Unless you have applied to the RCVS for temporary registration, once our pass lists are published you cease to be a veterinary student and will not legally able to practise as a veterinary surgeon until you are admitted to the RCVS. The admission ceremony will take place at Graduation.

To register

Fill in the RCVS online application form by Wednesday 24th May 2017 (and pay the fee of £157.00)

Important points to remember regarding BVetMed RCVS Registration:

  1. Anyone applying for registration after 5pm on Wednesday 24th May will not be able to register at Graduation and may have to make an appointment to attend one of the regular registration sessions at the RCVS at a later date.
  2. The RCVS will only give registration to those people who appear on the formal pass list. Furthermore, the RCVS will only register those people who have had their payment cleared and have completed the online registration form by the dates of required temporary or permanent registration.
  3. Graduands may apply for restricted (temporary registration) if they wish to start practising between publication of the final pass list and graduation/admission, providing that there are more than 15 days between its issue and the graduation/admission ceremony.
  4. You do not have to register with the RCVS if you are not intending to practise in the UK. As the holder of a recognised qualification from a UK veterinary school, you can register at a later date by attending a registration appointment at the RCVS offices.  If you do wish to register, there is an annual fee payable to remain on the RCVS register. This is currently £157 for members listed as 'Practising outside the UK'.
  5. For registration in the US please see the FAQ’s.  If you have any other questions regarding registration not addressed here please contact the Registration Department of the RCVS.
  6. RCVS registered veterinary surgeons are now permitted to use the courtesy title 'Dr'. This title should only be used in conjunction with the descriptor ‘veterinary surgeon’ or 'MRCVS'.  If you wish to be styled ‘Dr’ please select this title when you apply to register online

Confirm your attendance & book tickets

You can confirm your attendance by booking your ticket and your guest(s) tickets online at As well as your own ticket, you will be entitled to book two free guest tickets and one paid for place, costing £25.00.  No further tickets will be available (due to limitation on the size of the reception venue).  Please also use this system to book your gown and photography. This must be done by Monday 19th June.

You will need your student number to log in to the system to book tickets. This can be found on RoVer.

Children and young babies are permitted to attend however please note children over two years old must have their own ticket due to health and safety requirements.

No extra tickets will be allocated at a later date. We have limited space in our celebration reception rooms and the corridors, so will not be able to increase the ticket allocation.

You are reminded that your award will be withheld if you are in debt to the College for tuition fees; students with any other debts (such as library fines) will not be permitted to attend a Graduation Ceremony until the debt is paid. You must pay by Friday 16th June to attend.

BVetMed: Hard copy tickets will be distributed to you on results day via Registry, if you do not collect them then we will post them to you at your home address.  Should you wish to make another arrangement for tickets to be sent to you please email with ‘ticket delivery’ in the subject line.

BSc tickets (not including Nursing students): can be collected at the information desk on the day of graduation.

FdVN, Phd, MSci, MSc tickets: will be posted to your HOME address.

Graduation will be live-streamed. The link will be on one week before graduation, the feed will begin just before the ceremony.

Gowns and photography

Gowns and photographs are pre ordered from Ede and Ravenscroft and you need to do this before by Monday 19th June.

Once ordered, gowns will be available for collection from the ceremony venue. Hiring of hats are optional, a hat will be provided for any photographs you book with Ede and Ravenscroft but you will not wear them during the ceremony.

When ordering your gown you will need:

  • Qualification
  • Ceremony date & time
  • Height
  • Chest measurement
  • Hat size
  • Payment details

Beat the Queues!

If you plan to have an individual photograph, you may wish to book a place at the pre-graduation official photography sessions Hawkshead campus on 25th June before the Graduation Ball.

This will help you to beat the queues on the day of graduation.  You may be queueing for up to an hour so it really is worth booking to have your pictures done ahead of time.  If you would like to attend this session please email with ‘photography’ in the subject line.

More information on this will be circulated in due course.

Special requirements

Central hall is fully accessible with spaces available for wheelchair users.

If you or your guests require a space for a wheelchair or have other special requirements, please indicate this when booking your tickets. A member of the graduation team will then contact you if necessary.

Graduation souvenirs

Graduation souvenirs and RVC branded gifts are available to purchase online from the ACT Shop.

Please note that the full range is not yet online, but all items – including a couple of exciting new additions to our clothing range – should be available to purchase from mid-June.

All profits go to The Royal Veterinary College Development Office which funds projects across the College including hardship funds for RVC students, books for the library and life-saving equipment for the RVC’s animal hospitals. You can also pop up to the shop at Hawkshead between 2-4pm daily where we have sample sizes of clothing available for you to try on and the gifts to purchase. A limited stock of the products will be available on the day of graduation. Any further enquiries please contact us

Timings for 2017

Morning Graduation (FdSc, BSc, Masters Degrees and PhDs)

08.00 – 09.30 Arrival, registration, gowning and photography
10.00 – 11.30 Graduation Ceremony one
11.30 - 12.30 Celebration Reception one
12.30 Return gowns and depart

Afternoon Graduation (BVetMed only)

13.30 – 15.10 Arrival, registration, gowning and photography
15.30 – 17.00 Graduation Ceremony two
17.00 – 18.00 Celebration Reception two
18.00 Return gowns and depart

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey collects information about what those completing their HE experience go on to do six months after graduation. DLHE is undertaken on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE consists of two survey periods relating to different census dates - one in April and one in January - and this is to allow for the fact that students often finish their courses at different times. The dates chosen are nominal and provide a picture of what graduates are doing approximately six months after completion. There are many different ways the surveys are undertaken, however the primary mechanism for institutions contacting their leavers are questionnaires being completed online or via telephone.

The Survey is carried out by The Careers Group, University of London on behalf of The Royal Veterinary College and you should expect to hear from them approximately six months after Graduation. It should only take a few minutes to complete the survey; most of the questions just require you to select a box with your answer.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey

Your responses to The Careers Group will be coded and sent to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This data will be linked to other information held about you as a student, including similar information you gave when you enrolled, and details of the qualification you gained. Your HESA record will not be used in any way that affects you personally. You can find more details about what will happen to the information you provide here.

Among other things your responses will be used to provide information about graduate employment and further study prospects of students of the RVC for prospective students via the UNISTATS website, as well as providing comparative data on the performance of the RVC in key areas such as widening participation, student retention, learning and teaching outcomes, research output and graduate employment.

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