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Admission Ceremony

Date of next ceremony

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is due to hold an Admission Ceremony for new Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members and Diplomates on Friday 9 September 2022. 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 will be sent to those eligible to attend in mid June 2022, with a deadline to register in early to mid July 2022. Registration is via an online booking system, the details for which will included within the invitation email.

General Information

Once you have passed the final FRCOphth examination (Part 2 FRCOphth Oral), your name will be presented to Council at the next meeting, and you will receive an official notification of your Fellowship status. After this, you will be eligible to receive an invitation to the next Admission Ceremony.

Invitation emails are usually sent in mid-June each year, with a registration deadline of early to mid-July; please keep an eye on your inbox and book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Confirmation emails are sent out within five working days of the deadline, again please keep an eye on your inbox.

Key timings

The below timings are a guide and the exact timings/details of future ceremonies are likely to vary. Your invitation email will contain further specific details about your ceremony.

11.00am          Registration will open in the reception of Friends House via the Euston Road entrance

By 1.45pm       Having robed, diplomates must be seated in The Light for a quick briefing on the ceremony

2.00pm            The President, Honorary Fellows, Senior Examiners and Council of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will process to The Light for the presentation of the diplomas

~ 3.30pm         Post ceremony reception

Ceremony dress code

Academic dress must be worn and should be hired directly from Ede and Ravenscroft online: The College does not provide gowns for new graduands, and it is your responsibility to hire a gown for yourself.

The College recommends that you hire your gown no later than one week before the ceremony date as Ede & Ravenscroft often close their booking website around this time. There will be a limited number of gowns available to hire on the day, but this is not a guarantee.

Other than the academic gowns, the suggested dress code is semi-formal, and people often wear a smart suit and tie or dress, although smart trousers and a shirt would also be acceptable.

During 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.


A list of FAQs can be found here: Admission Ceremony FAQs.


If you have any further questions that are not answered here, you can contact [email protected]