1. What kind of guest tickets will a graduate get?
E-tickets will be issued and sent by e-mail upon registration.
2 . How many guests can a graduate invite?
Each graduate can invite up to 2 guests.
3. Can a graduate get more than two guest tickets?
No. As seats are limited, each graduate can request for a maximum of two guest tickets only. Friends and relatives may watch live broadcasting online if they do not get a guest ticket.
4. Do graduates need a ticket to attend the ceremony?
Each graduate will be given an assembly ticket with his/her name and major on it. Graduates should bring along the assembly ticket when they report to the Graduate Assembly Area (S.H. Ho Sports Hall) in their academic regalia. For details on Assembly and Procession, please click here.
5. When will I receive the tickets?
E-tickets for guests will be sent to graduates by e-mail upon registration; whereas the assembly tickets for graduates will be sent by mail in late October.
1. How many guests can each graduate bring to the Congregation?
Each graduate is entitled to a maximum of 2 e-tickets for their guests for attending the ceremony. Each e-ticket admits ONE guest only.
2. Will small children be admitted to the venue?
Children are welcome in principle, but should be closely supervised by an adult. In case a child causes any disturbance, he/she should be brought outside the venue. Children over 2 years old will require e-tickets to enter the venue.
3. Will graduates be sitting with their guests?
No. Graduates in full academic regalia will be seated in a separate area reserved for degree conferment. It is free seating for guests within the guest seating zone. Guest e-ticket holders should queue up outside the venue for admission.
4. Will there be enough seats in the Atrium for all the guests?
We expect most of the guests will be able to sit in the Atrium. In the event that guest seats in the Atrium are fully occupied, guests will be directed to watch live broadcast at the Citi Lecture Theater (LT-A) or the Lam Woo Lecture Theater (LT-B).
5. What is the dress code for the Congregation?
The Congregation is a solemn event. Graduates are highly advised to dress properly. Casual wear items like sneakers, jeans or sandals should be avoided. See How to Wear Your Academic Regalia for reference to the proper set (including the color of hood) of academic regalia.
6. Can I choose not to attend the Congregation?
Yes, attendance at the ceremony is optional. Those who do not attend the Congregation can pick up their diploma after the event. Please refer to Question #1 - When will I receive my diploma and transcript? under Diploma and Transcript.
7. Can I leave early from the ceremony?
As a respect to the audience and the University, graduates are requested not to leave the ceremony before it ends. Attending the ceremony is optional. If your schedule does not permit you to stay until the end, you can pick up your diploma afterwards. Please refer to Question #1 - When will I receive my diploma and transcript? under Diploma and Transcript for diploma collection.
8. What happens if the weather is bad?
Please refer to In Case of Bad Weather.
1. How do I get there on the day of Congregation?
Other than public transportation, you can also use the Congregation Shuttle Bus service provided by the University. Please see the detailed transportation guide here.
2. Where do the shuttle buses stop?
Please refer to the link for the stopping point of the shuttle bus.
3. How can the bus be identified?
The bus will be marked with signs on the window indicating "HKUST". Staff will station at the bus stops to provide assistance.
4. What can I do if I miss the shuttle bus?
You can come to HKUST by bus #91, #91M and #91P from Diamond MTR station, and bus #792M (direction Sai Kung) from Tseung Kwan O MTR station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi. For details, please refer to the public transport information here.
5. Is every guest guaranteed a seat on the shuttle bus?
No. The shuttle bus service can cover a sizable number of graduates and guests on a first-come-first-served basis. Guests are advised to arrive at the shuttle bus station as early as possible. If you cannot get on the bus, please use public transport.
6. Is parking available at Congregation?
Since limited parking is available on campus, graduates and guests should use public transport to commute to HKUST for Congregation. Free parking space for a designated period is only available for pre-registered vehicles on a first-come-first-served basis, and each graduate can only register one vehicle. Successful registrants will be notified and each will receive an electronic parking permit by e-mail. Registration can be made on the Graduation Services System.
1. How can I rent academic regalia, order graduate photos and buy graduation souvenirs?
For rental of academic regalia and graduate photo, you need to make order at the sites of the respective service providers. Please refer to the corresponding sections in the website for more information. To order graduation souvenirs, please use the Graduation Services System.
1. When will I receive my diploma and transcript?
The degree diploma together with a free academic transcript will be ready for collection after each Congregation session. Graduates not attending the ceremony, can collect the diploma and transcript starting the week after Congregation. Detailed arrangements can be found here.