Tolu speaking at The University of Buckingham's Matriculation event, October 2023


Matriculation is the formal process by which a student is entered onto the University’s register of students. Matriculation confers the privileges of membership of the University and also the obligation to abide by the University’s Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations.

Your matriculation ceremony is the celebration of your Matriculation to the University and serves as a formal welcome by senior members of staff.

During the ceremony student names are read and you will be asked to either stand in your place until the whole school is read before being welcomed row by row onto stage to shake hands or bow heads with the Vice-Chancellor; or, students will be directed to come on stage as their name is called. This may vary across campus’ so clear instruction will be sent in advance of the ceremony, as well as instruction being reiterated on the day.

At the end of the ceremony, official school photographs are taken, followed by a complementary reception to close.

Frequently asked questions

What is the dress code?

Formal – no jeans or trainers please.

Can I bring guests?

Matriculation is an event for students only, unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests.

How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony typically lasts around one hour, then school photos take roughly 30 minutes, and the reception usually lasts around one hour.

What does the reception include?

The reception includes a complementary glass of prosecco or orange juice, and buffet style refreshments.

Where does matriculation take place?

Buckingham Campus hold matriculation ceremonies and photos at Buckingham Parish Church, Castle Street, Buckingham, MK18 1BS; the reception takes place at Old Tanlaw Mill, MK18 1EG, which is a 2-3 minute walk away.

Crewe Campus hold matriculation ceremonies, photos, and reception at: The Hub, Crewe Campus, Crewe Green Road, CW1 5DU.