Dear AA graduates and graduating students,
Please find below details of this year’s AA Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony, which will take place at 3.00pm on Friday 23 June 2017 in Bedford Square Gardens. Please read through the information below carefully. Every year we experience a wonderful turn out, and look forward to celebrating and congratulating all our graduates on their efforts.
ON THE DAY
- 12.00 Ticketing desk opens in Bedford Square – please remember to bring your AA Membership card to scan in exchange for your entry ticket(s)
- 12.30 Individual graduation photographs available in 32 Bedford Square
- 2.15 Students queue at North Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens
- 2.30 South Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens opens to guests
- 3.00 Graduation ceremony begins
- 4.45 Students gather for 2017 Group Photo
- 5.00 Reception in Bedford Square Gardens – drinks and canapés
- 6.30 Projects Review Opening
Confirm your attendance and book your tickets. Booking is now open via the private link sent to you directly by email from the Membership and Alumni Office. All graduating students are entitled to two complimentary guest tickets and additional tickets can be purchased for £30 each, with no limit on the number of additional tickets per graduating student.
On the day of graduation the ticketing desk will open at 12.30pm and will be located on the pavement outside 32-34 Bedford Square. All graduating students are to collect entry passes for themselves and their guests by presenting their AA Membership card.
If you are now living abroad and require a confirmation letter for visa purposes, please contact Krishna Songara (Krishna.Songara@aaschool.ac.uk) in the Registrar’s Office for more information.
A live stream of the ceremony will be available for friends and relatives who are unable to attend, at www.aaschool.ac.uk/live
Academic gowns are not required, however smart or national dress is expected. Should the weather forecast be unfavourable, please ensure you bring an umbrella as you will be queuing outside the garden in the open air.
At 2.15pm all graduating students are required to gather at the garden’s North Gate entrance and make themselves known to the undergraduate and graduate school coordinators.
The South Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens will open for guests at 2.30pm. Seating will be first come first served.
Following the speeches and presentation of awards and prizes, students will proceed to the entrance of AA Building 36 Bedford Square for the group photograph. Complimentary drinks and canapés will be served in the gardens until 6pm. Please make your guests aware that in line with UK licensing laws no drinks will be allowed outside the garden gates.
The end of year Projects Review Exhibition will open immediately following the ceremony at 6.30pm.
Academic photographers Ede & Ravenscroft will be available to take individual photographs of graduates and guests from 12.30pm. They will be based in 32 Bedford Square First Floor Front and will have graduation robes on hand for individual photos. Copies of individual photos will be available to order from Ede & Ravenscroft directly. To pre-register for your individual photos follow this link, noting “Architectural Association” as the Institution and “Friday 23 June” as the date.
All graduates will be taken for the Group photograph in front of the building immediately following the ceremony. This will be available to pre-order online at the point of booking graduation ceremony tickets, or available to purchase after the event. The group photo is professionally taken by Ede & Ravenscroft, printed at 18″ x 8″ (45cm x 20cm) and mounted ready to be framed.
A Graduation film will be available to pre-order at a discounted rate online, or available to purchase at the standard rate after the event. The film captures the whole day in high definition and includes interviews with staff and students, snapshots of family and friends enjoying the event and the entire ceremony complete with image capture of each student as they receive their certificate on stage.
STUDENT ASSISTANTS NEEDED
If you know any non-graduating students interested in assisting on the day please ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be paid the standard student rate, and will be entitled to attend the ceremony at no cost.
If wheelchair access is required, please contact email@example.com in advance to make the necessary arrangements.
Toilet facilities will not be available in the Gardens. The toilets within the AA buildings will be available for use. Please ensure you advise your guest of this in advance.
There is a car park on Adeline Place and limited Pay & Display bays in Bedford Square. Please advise any guests who are driving that restrictions on resident bays are enforced 24/7.
Should you require any further information about the ceremony, please contact the AA Membership and Alumni Office 10am-6pm Monday-Friday on 020 7887 4076 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AA Membership and Alumni Office
Image: © Valerie Bennett, AA Photo Library