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Admission Ceremony

General Information

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is holding an Admission Ceremony for new Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members and Diplomates on Friday 6 September 2019, at 2.30pm. The ceremony will take place in The Light at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ. The President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will present the diplomas.

Invitations to the Admission Ceremony and further details have been sent to those eligible to attend. The deadline to register attendance is 5 July 2019. Registration is via an online booking system, the details for which are included within the invitation email.

Guest Tickets

You may invite to the Ceremony a maximum of two guests. It is sometimes possible to issue additional guest tickets.  If you wish to apply for additional guest tickets, please indicate this when confirming your attendance.  Applications for all guest tickets are treated on a “first come, first served basis”.

Children are permitted but must be included in your application for guest tickets. Children under the age of 6 may sit on an adult’s lap and do not require a guest ticket. We would ask that guests with young children ensure they sit on aisle seats so that they may leave the auditorium should their child become upset or distracted. There are limited unsupervised crèche facilities available in the Hilda Clark Suite, Rooms 2 and 3.

The Ceremony

All awards will be presented at the ceremony which will be conducted in The Light at Friends House. For location details and a map, please see

It is recommended that you arrive well in advance of the Ceremony as you must be seated prior to the ceremony for a brief rehearsal.Please locate your seat using the number provided on your ticket which will be issued to you on the day. Please ensure that your seat has your name on it. If you are in any doubt or cannot find your seat, please contact a member of the RCOphth staff who will be available to assist.

We ask that you remain in the seat allocated to you during the entire ceremony to ensure that you are presented in the correct order. At the appropriate time in the ceremony, a member of the Examinations Department will guide you and your fellow award recipients to the stage. When your name is announced, you will walk across the room where you will be greeted by the President who will shake your hand and present your certificate. You will then be guided back to your seat.

Post Ceremony Reception

A Post Ceremony Reception will be held for you and your guests immediately following your Ceremony; this will take place in the Waldo Williams suite. To avoid congestion please make your way to the suite and arrange to meet your guests there.  Please make sure that you have all your possessions with you when you leave The Light.