1. When will I receive my degree certificate?

  1. You should receive your certificate by recorded delivery to your permanent home address 3 to 6 months after your pass list is published. You will not receive your certificate at the Graduation ceremony.

  2. Degree certificates are dispatched by the Diploma Production and Dispatch Office of the University of London. Please make sure your permanent home address is up-to-date in RoVer before Graduation.
  3. Please note that as your degree certificate is awarded by the University of London, it does not display the RVC crest. The RVC will be mailing you a Certificate of Completion after your ceremonies for display purposes.  Again, please ensure your permanent home address is up to date in RoVer before Graduation.

2. How do I prove I have received an award before my certificate arrives?

You can request an official copy of your academic transcript and/or a confirmation of award letter by emailing transcripts@rvc.ac.uk

3. When will I receive my RCVS certificate?

BVetMed and FdSc Veterinary Nursing graduates who have applied to join the RCVS register and paid their fees before the deadline will receive their RCVS certificates by post to the address they provided the RCVS in their application to join the register.

4. What name will appear on my certificate(s)?

  1. Your full name, as shown in RoVer, will appear on the pass list and your certificate(s).

  2. If you need to change your name, please contact Student Records before the publication of the pass list.

  3. As part of your booking you will have the opportunity to specify a preferred first name(s) to be read out during the ceremony; this will not affect your name on the pass list or your certificates.

5. When is the earliest I can legally practice as a veterinary surgeon?

  1. BVetMed graduates who applied to join the RCVS register and paid their fees before the deadline will be admitted to the register as soon as the pass list is published. You will receive an email from the RCVS to confirm you have been registered.

  2. If you are planning to work outside the UK, please contact the relevant local authority for this information.

  3. The date of your award will be the date of the final exam board.

6. When is the earliest I can practice as a veterinary nurse?

  1. FdSc Veterinary Nursing graduates who have applied to join the RCVS register and paid their fees before the deadline will be admitted to the register as soon as the pass list is published. You will receive an email from the RCVS to confirm you have been registered.

  2. The date of your award will be the date of the final exam board.

  3. BSc Veterinary Nursing graduates should already be registered and do not need to re-register.

7. I am an international student and my student visa has expired or will expire before Graduation. Can I attend?

  1. If you need a visa to enter the UK you will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa to attend Graduation. You should use the email you received inviting you to Graduation to provide evidence of the date of the ceremony.

  2. Information on applying for a Standard Visitor visa can be found on the gov.uk.

  3. You can check if you need a visa to enter the UK on gov.uk.

8. I am an international student and I would like to invite family from overseas to Graduation. Can they attend?

  1. If your family members need a visa to enter the UK they will require a Standard Visitor visa to attend Graduation.

  2. Information on applying for a Standard Visitor visa can be found on the gov.uk.

  3. You can check if they will need a visa to enter the UK on gov.uk.

  4. You should provide your family members with:
    1. A letter of good standing proving you are are/were a student of the RVC, available from RoVer or by emailing Student Records.
    2. The email you received from the RVC inviting you to Graduation.
    3. A letter from you to your family inviting them to Graduation.

9. I cannot attend Graduation this year, can I defer?

In exceptional circumstances we may be able to allow you to defer your attendance to the following year only, please contact graduation@rvc.ac.uk for advice.  Students completing their studies in the same academic year as the Graduation ceremony will be given priority to places in the ceremony.

10. I am a member of staff receiving an award (for example, the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education), can I be in the staff procession for that ceremony?

  1. To collect your award during a ceremony you will need to book a graduand place and you will be seated with your fellow graduands in the graduand seating. Staff who choose to join the staff procession will not have their award announced during the ceremony and will be deemed to have graduated in absentia.

  2. You are welcome to book a place in the staff procession for any of the other ceremonies taking place on the 10th

11. How many tickets may I book?

You may book a total of four tickets (your own, plus two free guest tickets and one paid for guest ticket). 

12. Can I book more tickets?

Additional tickets can be requested at the time of booking.  Should tickets be available after the closing date you will be notified when they are released for sale.

13. I do not need all my guest tickets, may I give them to someone else?

NO – unfortunately due to the demand for tickets and current venue capacities it is not possible to give tickets to others.  If you have bought tickets and can no longer use them please contact graduation@rvc.ac.uk.  We can refund tickets up to 5 days before the event.  After this date we cannot guarantee a refund.

14. I’ve registered with the RCVS and did not ask to use the ‘Dr’ name designation, but I now want to.

Contact RCVS: Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk

15. I/one of my guests has special access requirements what should I do?

Note this at the point of booking your tickets and then also email graduation@rvc.ac.uk with the requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you or your guests. 

16. I can’t log in to the online booking system

You will need your student number to log in – if you don’t have this, current students can find it on RoVer or by contacting Student Records. If you are still having a problem, please email graduation@rvc.ac.uk

17. My details (course, name, ceremony allocation/date/time etc) are listed wrongly.

Email the details to graduation@rvc.ac.uk and we will follow up.

18. I am worried I might fail, should I book tickets now?

Yes, you will need to pre-book your tickets by the closing date in order to guarantee your place at the ceremony. The tickets will automatically be cancelled if you do not pass and refunds will be issued after notification of results.

If you are required to register with the RCVS you should apply to join the register by the Summer deadlines and your application will be held until publication of the Autumn pass lists.

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