FAQ

The UOC's graduation ceremonies will be held in person and online in January and February 2022


This year the graduation ceremonies will be held in person and online and the graduates who could not celebrate their graduation last year due to the health situation will be invited to attend along with this year's crop of graduates.

 Take into account the following information:

  • You can choose to attend in person or online.
  • You will have to select a ceremony based on which city suits you best; in the case of Barcelona, you must choose the ceremony for your studies. For Madrid, you only need to specify the academic year in which you graduated. The graduation ceremonies in Barcelona will be conducted in Catalan in the morning, whereas the ceremonies in Madrid will be in Spanish and in the afternoon.
  • You will have to choose the ceremony in accordance with your academic year:

If your academic record was closed from 22 September 2019 to 22 September 2020, you will have to choose the graduation ceremony for the 2019-2020 academic year.

If your academic record was closed from 22 September 2020 to 22 September 2021, you will have to choose the graduation ceremony for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The system will not allow you to choose an academic year other than your own and you can only register for one of the two.

If your academic record closure date is after 22 September 2021, you will be invited to the graduation ceremonies to be held in January and February 2023.

Students assigned to this ceremony cannot attend subsequent editions, as the call is related to the closure of your academic record.

What is the difference between in-person and online registration?

If you choose the in-person option, you can attend the graduation ceremony in person accompanied by a maximum of two guests. You will be with your coursemates and the safety measures adopted by the venue and by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya will be in place.

If you choose the online option, you can actively participate in the graduation ceremony with the rest of your coursemates from anywhere in the world.

The UOC organizing team and the management of L'Auditori in Barcelona and the Teatro Lope de Vega in Madrid may adopt and modify any additional measures they consider necessary in view of the specific nature of the event and the conditions under which it will be attended by the public in order to comply with the health and safety measures established by the authorities in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event in the interests of public health if they consider this justified. If this should happen, the event will take place at a later date when circumstances allow.

Registration process

At the end of November you should receive an email from the UOC President inviting you to attend this year's ceremonies. You will then be able to register for the one that corresponds to your year of graduation. You can choose between Barcelona and Madrid, and between in-person and online. When you have completed the form, you will receive a message confirming your registration.

If you have chosen the in-person option, a few days in advance of the ceremony you will receive your ticket by email. This will allow you to access the venue hosting the in-person ceremony. The tickets for your guests will be included in the same email.

If you have chosen online participation, you will receive the link to connect to the ceremony as well as instructions on how to actively participate in it.

Registration opens on 29 November 2021. The closing date depends on the ceremony you plan to attend:

  • Madrid: 7 March for the ceremonies held on 28 February.
  • Barcelona: 27 January for the ceremonies taking place on 5 February, and 10 February for the ceremonies taking place on 19 February.

These dates will be maintained provided that there is no objection on health grounds and the protection and safety of the public can be guaranteed.

Anyone who completed their studies between 22 September 2019 and 22 September 2021 is invited to attend this year's graduation ceremonies.

Both in Barcelona and Madrid, the graduation ceremony is divided into two sessions according to final academic year:

If your academic record was closed from 22 September 2019 to 22 September 2020, you will have to choose the graduation ceremony for the 2019-2020 academic year.

If your academic record was closed from 22 September 2020 to 22 September 2021, you will have to choose the graduation ceremony for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Barcelona ceremony will be in the morning and in Catalan. The Madrid ceremony will be in the afternoon and in Spanish.

The system will not allow you to choose an academic year other than your own and you can only register for one of the two.

The Barcelona ceremonies will be in Catalan and the ones in Madrid will be in Spanish.

In this case, you have to choose one qualification. You will have to make this decision when you formalize your registration for the ceremony via the form on the website, the link for which will be sent at the end of November.

If you have any doubts about academic matters that could affect your participation in the graduation ceremony, go to the Campus and send an enquiry to the Help Service. In response you will receive information about the status of your academic record, which will tell you whether you should attend the ceremony or not. If you should in fact be attending the ceremony, they will let us know so we can include you and we will contact you.

 

 

Ticket management and seat allocation

Bearing in mind the capacity of the premises where the ceremonies are to be held (L'Auditori in Barcelona and Teatro Lope de Vega in Madrid), each graduate may be accompanied by no more than two people.

Yes. At this year's graduation ceremonies each child counts as a guest, so they will need a seat allocation.

As a graduate, if you have chosen the in-person option, you will receive your ticket by email two days before the session you have chosen, along with instructions on how to access the ceremony.

We recommend you keep your ticket readily available on a mobile device whenever possible in order to avoid contact with tactile elements.

As a graduate, if you have chosen the online option, you will receive a link by email a few days before the session you have chosen, along with instructions on how to participate.

The tickets for your guests will be included in the same email as your ticket.

If you have chosen the online option, a few days in advance you will receive a link to be able to participate, as well as instructions on how to participate.

Graduates and their guests sit in different areas of the hall. In view of the way in which the ceremony functions, you cannot choose your seats. It is therefore very important this year for those attending to occupy the seats assigned by the organization.

If you have any special needs, please make use of the observations field in the registration form to specify your requirements. If you have any other questions, contact the Help Service (Graduation Ceremonies) on the Campus.

The day of the ceremony

On graduation day you need to arrive at the event venue, with your ticket and those of your guests readily available on your mobile device, in good time to enter the hall. Please follow the instructions of staff, who will supervise the event to ensure that it proceeds correctly and that all relevant health measures are observed.

Doors will be opened sufficiently in advance to allow for staggered admission, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Remember to follow the indicated entrance and exit circuits: they will be clearly signposted.

When the event ends, the public will be asked to leave in groups, according to where they were sitting. It is important to follow the instructions given by the hall staff, who will assist you at all times.

Remember to follow the indicated entrance and exit circuits: they will be clearly signposted.

 

This year, the graduation procedure will be different from usual. It is very important that you follow the instructions given by staff at the venue.

Recognition of your achievement will be given corresponding to your programme or faculty; for this reason, you must remain in the seat to which you are allocated.

You will receive a commemorative illustration and various other materials with which to take part in the new format graduation ceremony.

Those of you who choose the online option can also play an active part and throw your mortarboard in the air wherever you are, by following the instructions that will be subsequently provided.

As the dates of the event approach, we will provide more detailed information regarding the health and safety measures for the ceremony.

If you have registered for online attendance, a few days before the chosen event you will receive instructions on how to participate and how to follow the ceremony.

The duration of the ceremony is about one and a half hours. Please bear in mind that this could vary depending on the dynamics and the number of graduates attending the event.

During the ceremony you will receive a commemorative gift that accredits that you are one of the graduates of the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 classes.

This gift is exclusively for the graduation ceremony and will not be sent to those not attending.

If you have registered for the online option and you want to have the commemorative gift in printed format, please request it via the Help Service / Graduation Ceremonies, (on the Campus).

 

 

The organizers of the UOC's graduation ceremonies seek to cater for all the special needs that the people attending may have. To allow us to plan all the necessary measures, please inform us of any special needs on the registration form or send an email to gradact@uoc.edu. For any other queries, please ask the graduation section of the Help Service on the Campus.

Yes, but take into account that you cannot take the pram or pushchair into the hall.

Depending on the health and safety measures established by the authorities at the time of the event, the cloakroom may or may not be in service.

Remember that in order to comply with the established safety measures, at this year's graduation each child counts as a guest, whether or not they occupy a seat.

Other aspects

No, there is no specific dress code, but as it is an academic event, we recommend formal attire, regardless of the attendance option you have chosen.

Remember that due to the current situation it is compulsory to wear a mask in enclosed spaces.

Some days after the graduation ceremony we will publish the photos and videos on this website. You can also find photos and videos from previous years on the same site.

This year we are preparing collaborative actions to allow you to participate more actively in the ceremony, wherever you are. We will shortly provide further details on the graduation website.

It is very important to ensure that the distancing regulations are followed to prevent crowding at entrances and exits. Hand hygiene and masks are compulsory.

These measures must be applied inside the venues where the graduation ceremonies are held. As a precautionary measure we will also ask you to apply them outside the venues due to the large number of people who may gather at any time at the entrances and exits.

You will find hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrances and exits of the venue.

The venue will be disinfected before and after each session.

Remember to follow the instructions given by hall staff and to occupy the seats assigned to you.

Do not attend if you or your guests have had symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in the days running up to the event or if you have been in close contact with people who have shown COVID-19 symptoms or been diagnosed with it in the last 10 days.

For further information, you can consult the regulations of L'Auditori in Barcelona and the Teatro Lope de Vega in Madrid on their respective websites.

Yes. Anyone who wants to can watch the ceremony live on the University's YouTube channel:

This streaming is not the same as the experience that graduates taking part in the ceremony have, but it does let people follow what is going on both at the in-person venue and in the online rooms.