Degree Congregation FAQ:

1. Do I have to register to attend the Degree Congregation?  When will I receive the tickets?

Yes. Registration is required before you obtain tickets to attend the Degree Congregation.  Arrangement of registration will be announced in October on the Faculty’s Degree Congregation Webpage.  After you have successfully registered, tickets will be sent around a week before the Degree Congregation. 

For students with a local correspondence address, tickets will be sent by post.  Please make sure your address entered is correct as NO extra ticket will be issued if lost. 

For students without a local correspondence address, please obtain your tickets at Faculty Office (Room 501, 5/F, Haking Wong Building) from November 21-28 during office hours.  You may also collect tickets at the Degree Congregation reception.

Office hours:
Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 1:00pm ; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:30pm

2. Can I borrow Academic Dress at the hall on the day of Degree Congregation?

No. The full set of academic dress, including cap, hood and gown can only be borrowed at the University's Gown Room (UG-06, Knowles Building) during the stipulated period announced on the Academic Dress Loan and Return page of HKU Congregation Website. Academic dress will NOT be available for loan at other venues.

If you have missed the stipulated period for borrowing a set of academic dress, please come on either of the remaining evening time slots, go straight to the Gown Room and inform staff on duty you have missed your slots, they will then provide the assistance required. If you missed all the evening time slots, you will have to go to the Gown Room during its normal office hours (9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm from Mondays to Fridays except holidays) before the announced last day of return to borrow a set.

Please refer to the Academic Dress Loan and Return page of HKU Congregation Website for more details on the loan period, forms and related information.

For suggested attire, please refer to here. For enquiry, please contact +852 2219-4263 or

3. How many guest tickets I can get?

Each attending graduand can get a maximum of TWO guest tickets.  All guest seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Extra guest tickets will be offered subject to seat availability and after the registration period.  If all guest seats are taken during the registration period, no extra tickets will be available for further allocation. 

4. When shall I arrive at the venue?  What will I do in the Degree Congregation?

Graduands must arrive at the venue on time to attend a briefing and rehearsal.

All graduands will be presented on stage in a programme-specific sequence.  Graduand who arrives at the venue after his/her programme is presented to the Presiding Officer will NOT be presented on stage separately and will NOT be allowed to go onto the stage.    

5. Will children be allowed to enter the venue?  Do they need tickets?

Children under the age of 3 are NOT allowed to enter the venue.  All guests are required to get tickets to enter the venue, including children aged 3 or above.

6. Will I be presented the certificate during the Degree Congregation?

No, certificates will be available for collection after the Faculty-based Congregation sessions have been held. The location for collection is the Academic Services Office at Room G04, G/F Run Run Shaw Building. Details are available on the Certificae page of HKU Congregation Website.  For enquiry, please contact Academic Services Office at 2859-2433.

7. Do my family members and I need to apply for visit visas to attend my graduation ceremony?

You and your guests may need to apply for a visit visa to enter Hong Kong and to attend your own graduation ceremony. The information provided here is only general guidance. Please check with your student visa sponsor office or the Immigration Department of HKSAR for details. 

China Affairs Office: (for all mainland students except research students)
CEDRAS: (for all overseas full degree students) 

Immigration Department of HKSAR

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