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Special arrangements and disabled access for graduation

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about inviting family and friends, finding University accommodation and special requirements that you may need to bear in mind for the big day…

Special arrangements

Graduation is your time to robe up, partake in hundreds of staged photos outside City Hall or shameless selfies, and watch as caps everywhere are thrown in the air to rejoice the end of everyone’s hard work. It’s a time for you to celebrate your success with family and friends, as well as alongside all of the people you’ve studied with.

It’s an incredibly busy and exciting time for students, staff and guests alike. Make sure you’re ready for everything from invitations to dates to doffing, by checking the Graduation webpages!


Inviting your graduation guests

Students don’t need a ticket for themselves (they’re the relative VIPs who get to strut around looking very glam and important), but they are guaranteed a maximum of two free guest tickets. Information about additional tickets will be available here.

Guests can also watch the graduation ceremony on screens in Cardiff University Students’ Union and guests who cannot attend can watch from home via live broadcasts on the internet.

If you or your family need somewhere to stay, Cardiff University Residences are able to offer accommodation. Find out more here.


Registering special seating requirements

Cardiff University want all attendees to enjoy the occasion, which is why they work closely with Graduation Venues to ensure all guests, particularly those with special seating requirements, are catered for.

If you or your guests have any special seating requirements (e.g. wheelchair space or other mobility requirements) at the ceremony, please provide details of the arrangements required when completing the “Ticket Request” part of the Invitation Task. Both St David’s Hall and City Hall are owned by Cardiff City Council rather than the University, so make sure to check their websites (and contact them if necessary) nearer the day to ensure that the information you are relying on is correct.

If you have any queries at all, please contact


Graduation Venues…

City Hall

City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

Tel: 029 2087 1736 or 029 2087 1727

City Hall is located in the Cathays Park area close to the main University Buildings.

diasabled access

City Hall offers wheelchair access. From street level, a wheelchair lift gives entry to the ground floor and a further lift allows access to the first floor. Both ground floor and first floor are level throughout, with the exception of the Council Chamber and Ferrier Hall, where there are steps to access the rooms.

Toilets for disabled visitors are available.


Parking in Cathays Park

Parking is available in the Civic Centre avenues surrounding City Hall on a pay and display basis which is free of charge to Blue Badge holders.


St David’s Hall

St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH

Tel: 029 2087 8500 or 029 2087 8444

diasabled access

Facilities for wheelchair users include level floors, toilet facilities (on Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5) and low level counters at the Cloakroom and Level 3 Bar.

hearing aid infa red

An infra-red system is available in the auditorium (excluding Tier 5) and can be used with or without a hearing aid.


The programme containing the student names is available in Braille and large print formats by contacting the Communications and Marketing department on 02920 870293.

Guide dog

Guide dogs are welcome.  Please inform the Graduation Team beforehand.


Parking to attend St David’s Hall

A short distance from St David’s Hall is the St David’s 2 Shopping Centre which has a 2,000 space multi storey 24-hour car parking facility.  The car park is safe and secure with a 24 hour CCTV system monitoring the 6-storey facility.  Pedestrian exits from this car park will take you directly onto the Hayes.

Blue badge parking is not free and there are 10+ designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

The nearest designated bay is 13m (14yd 8in) from the lift on P3 and the furthest designated bay is 90m (98yd 1ft) from the lift on P3.

The Centre Management is located on the 2nd floor and there is also a Shopmobility on level P3 (02920 399 355).
For further information about the size of the spaces and height restrictions please see the DisabledGo website.


Restaurants with disabled access

Many would agree it’s not a graduation without a slap up meal, and there are plenty of places to choose from near to the graduation venues. The St David’s 2 Shopping Centre has an easily accessible dining section which hosts a variety of restaurants. There are also lots of accessible restaurants in the City Centre.

It might be worth mentioning that it’s your graduation – some restaurants do special deals for graduating students. Booking is also advised.


Get in touch

If you have any queries at all, please do get in touch by emailing


Watch our video, ‘Celebrating our Graduates’


Congratulations everyone! Llongyfarchiadau pawb!


Best wishes,

Victoria, student intern.


Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and MoneyCareers and EmployabilityCounselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support. The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.


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