ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony

Graduation is a special day, allowing students to celebrate their hard work and success with family and friends.

ABDO’s next graduation will be held on 4 April 2022 for November 2020 – October 2021 graduands, as long as regulations permit this at the time.

Due to potential restrictions on numbers, students may be asked to bring only one guest. Additional tickets will be released should they become available, and ABDO will offer a broadcast of the event to family and friends who cannot attend.

Students who are eligible for the April 2022 graduation event will be contacted towards the end of 2021. Please note that as per your final declaration you must be an ABDO member to be invited to the graduation.

Extra tickets

Extra tickets will be available at a cost of £25, with a maximum of one per Graduand reflecting current restrictions. Further tickets will be released should restrictions ease.

Photography and mobile phones are prohibited

Photography and video recording is strictly prohibited during the ceremony and within the Cathedral at all times – this also includes photography without the use of a flash.

Please ensure mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices are turned off for the duration of the ceremony.

Contact Information

Map of Canterbury Cathedral

If you require further information regarding the ceremony please email Deanne Gray at:

  • There are no sheltered areas within the precincts surrounding the Cathedral, so please consider this as guests will need to queue outside prior to admission into the Cathedral at 1.30pm.
  • Seating within the Cathedral is unreserved.
  • The ceremony registration desk will be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Clagett Auditorium reception area.
  • Gowns can be collected from Ede & Ravenscroft staff in the Clagett Auditorium from 11.00am to 12.45pm – please note your guests are not allowed entry into the Clagett Auditorium.
  • Graduands should aim to arrive at the Cathedral from 10.30am onwards, please remember to allow sufficient time for registration, gowning and photography.
  • Please book your photography requirements online in advance of the ceremony via the Ede & Ravenscroft website.
  • When queuing for photography on the day, please ensure only those who are having their picture taken join the queue for photography with Ede & Ravenscroft, ie guests not having their photograph taken should not accompany graduands.
  • The Cathedral doors will open at 1.30pm for guests to enter and take their seats as directed by the ushers.
  • All graduands should assemble as directed no later than 1.00pm for the ceremony procession.
  • Graduands must listen carefully and act upon the instructions given to them by the Procession Marshal; graduands are also reminded that they are representing their chosen profession and therefore a professional demeanor is expected at all times during the event.
  • The procession will start at approximately 1.45pm and the duration of the ceremony will be around 90 minutes.
  • There are no sheltered areas within the precincts surrounding the Cathedral, so please consider this as guests will need to queue outside prior to admission into the Cathedral at 1.30pm.
  • Please note that the ceremony is not considered suitable event for babies or young children to attend.
  • Some seating will offer a restricted views and all seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon entry into the Cathedral.
  • ABDO reserve the right of admission; graduands and their guests deemed to be behaving inappropriately will be prevented from attending the ceremony.
  • Canterbury Cathedral is a sacred place of worship and a working church, so please respect the Cathedral building, clergy and staff.


Please let us know if you or your guests disabled or require wheelchair access by emailing Deanne Gray at

April 2022 Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos from the April 2022 ceremony can be found here.

Graduation April 2022