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Barbican Centre, London

Saturday 21 September 2024 (pm)

* * Booking opens on Tuesday 30 July * * 

From To Activity Location
11:30 14:30 Registration Foyer, level minus 1
11:30 14:30 Collection of academic dress Foyer, level minus 1
11:30 17:00 Photography TBC
14:15 Auditorium doors open All levels (see tickets)
14:30 15:00 Musical performance Auditorium
15:00 16:30 Ceremony Auditorium
  17:00 Return of academic dress Foyer, level minus 1

This page was last updated on 16 April 2024. The final version will be posted 2-3 weeks before the ceremony.

Arrival and registration

Upon arrival, please head to the Registration desks on the foyer of level minus 1 to collect your tickets, presentation card and souvenir programmes. You will also be given an information sheet with a map of the venue to help you find your way around.  A preview of this will be available to view here in the weeks leading to the ceremony. 

If you have any questions during the ceremony day, the staff at the Registration and Enquiry desks will be pleased to help you.

Academic Dress

If you have chosen to wear academic dress for your ceremony, you can collect these from the foyer of level minus 1 once you have registered. Collection will be open from 11:30 and all hired items should be returned by 17:00.

For details on Open University academic dress, including how to pre-order from our approved supplier, please see ‘Preparing for your ceremony


The photography studios will be open from 11:30. The service will also be available for a short time after the ceremony. Please be advised that there may be queues, so allow yourself plenty of time.

A photograph will also be taken of you when you cross the stage. This photograph will be available to purchase after the ceremony from the foyer area on ground level and online at

For further details on the photography services available on your ceremony day, including how to pre-book, please see ‘Preparing for your ceremony’

The ceremony

The doors to the auditorium will open at 14:15 and the musical program will start. You and your guests should be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Your ceremony is expected to last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Further details about the ceremony proceedings can be found on Your ceremony day’.

Venue information



The Barbican Centre is fully accessible. For full details, please go to

If you or any of your guests have additional seating requirements to be considered for the ceremony, please telephone the Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0)1908 541079 at least 4 weeks before your ceremony date.


There are several main catering outlets at the Barbican Centre including the Foyer Cafés, Barbican Kitchen, Bonfire Restaurant and Osteria Restaurant. For further information, please go to


The venue has cloakroom facilities (free of charge) on level minus 1. Please note that large bags, pushchairs, buggies, etc. will not be permitted within the auditorium during the ceremony.

First Aid

If first aid assistance is required whilst at the venue, please report to a member of venue staff.

Security & emergencies

Please note it is at the venue’s discretion to enforce any security measures, such as bag searches.

Should the need to evacuate arise, an announcement will be made and venue staff will provide further instruction.

The Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre
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Contact us

The Ceremonies Centre is open and ready to support you.

Ceremonies Centre
PO Box 123
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
+44 (0) 1908 541079
Mon to Thurs 09:00 - 16:30
Fri 09:00 - 16:00

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