ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony

The next graduation will take place Wednesday 24 April 2024. 

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

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 with a maximum of one per Graduand reflecting current restrictions. Further tickets will be released should restrictions ease.

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

Contact Information

Map of Canterbury Cathedral

If you require further information regarding the ceremony please email Ed Fox 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 6.15pm.
  • Seating within the Cathedral is unreserved.
  • The ceremony registration desk will be open from 4.00 pm to 5.30pm in the Clagett Auditorium reception area.
  • Gowns can be collected from Ede & Ravenscroft staff in the Clagett Auditorium from 4.00pm to 5.30pm – please note your guests are not allowed entry into the Clagett Auditorium.
  • Graduands should aim to arrive at the Cathedral from 4pm 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 6.30pm for guests to enter and take their seats as directed by the ushers.
  • All graduands should assemble as directed no later than 6.15pm 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 demeanour is expected at all times during the event.
  • The procession will start at approximately 6.45pm and the duration of the ceremony will be around 90 minutes.
  • There will be a living feed of the gradation available on this page.
  • Please note that the ceremony is not considered suitable event for babies or young children to attend.
  • No pets allowed.
  • 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 Ed Fox at

November 2022 Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos from the November 2023 ceremony can be found here.