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FDS/FGDP Diplomate ceremonies FAQs

Below we provide answers to frequently asked questions about FDS/FGDP Diplomates presentation ceremonies. 

If you have a query that is not answered here, please contact the RCS Events team on the following address:

If you are planing on attending a RCS presentation ceremony, please read the RCS Diplomate ceremonies FAQs

How and when do I get invited to a ceremony?

Once you have passed the exams listed you will receive an invitation to join the RCS. Once you have joined, you will you will eligible to receive an invitation to a diplomate presentation ceremony. 

 you are unable to attend the ceremony that you have been invited to, we can either post your certificate to you, or, you will be invited to the following one in March 2020. We send invites 4-5 months ahead of a ceremony so please keep an eye on your inbox and book early to avoid disappointment. 

Booking tickets 

All tickets are sold on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Tickets can sell out fast, so please keep an eye on your emails and book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets may run out before the closing date.

Please note that FDS/FGDP ceremonies only occur once a year. If you are unable to attend  the March 2019 ceremonies, you will receive an invitation for the follwing ceremony  taking place in March 2020. 

All Diplomates need to book a ticket, free of charge.  If you do not book a ticket you will not be able to attend this ceremony. 

If you are no longer able to attend your ceremony please contact the Events Team to reallocate your ticket. 

When entering your name, please ensure this is correct as this is how it will appear in the booklet and announced on stage

Guest tickets

Main ceremony hall
We are able to offer you a maximum of two guest tickets for the main hall initially. More guest tickets will be available on a first come first served basis. If you require more than two guest tickets please email us.

£35 Adult

£15 Child (8 - 15 years old)

Live streaming room
Live streaming tickets are only for those adults accompanying a child under 8 years old. If you purchase a ticket and are not accompanying a child the team will be in touch to cancel the ticket.

£20 - Adult

Free - Child

Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Are there additional guest tickets available?

If you would like to purchase additional tickets, please request this at the time of booking. Additional tickets are allocated on a 'first come first served' basis and will be released after 6 January 2019. 

There are no tickets left for my ceremony, what do I do now?

You are able to add yourself to our waiting list, which can be accessed via clicking the ‘tickets’ button on the Eventbrite page and selecting ‘join waitlist’. 

Once you have added yourself to the waiting list, you will be contacted automatically if a ticket becomes available to you.  You will then have 48 hours to book the available ticket. After 48 hours it will be released to the next person on the waitlist. 

I am unable to attend my ceremony, will I be invited to another?

Yes. If you are unable to attend the March 2019 ceremony, you will be invited to go to our next one in March 2020. 

Applying for a visa?

If you require a visa in order to attend your presentation ceremony, please get in touch with the RCS Events Team once you have booked your ceremony ticket and we will provide you with a copy of your invitation, including key information, to support your application. 

I do not wish to attend a ceremony, can my certificate be sent to me by post?

Yes. If you do not wish to attend a ceremony, please get in touch with the RCS Events Team and we can arrange for your certificate to be posted to your home address. 

FGDP - receiving your certificate

FGDP Diplomates do not receive their diploma certificate on the day of the ceremony as these are sent out by the Faculty, prior to the event. FGDP Diplomates will shake the Dean’s hand instead of receive a certificate on the stage.

FDS - receiving more than one qualification?

If you are a FDS Diplomate and are expecting to receive certificates for more than one qualification, you will process just once at the ceremony, under the higher qualification category. After the ceremony, you can collect the other certificate. Alternatively, you can be invited to a future ceremony if you would like to collect both certificates on stage. 

Key timings on the day

For our March 2019 FDS and FGDP ceremonies, timings are the same for both events. 

Key timings are as follows:

1.00pm Registration opens

2.30pm Registration closes

3.00pm Ceremony starts

4.15/4.30pm   Afternoon tea with the Dean and Board Members

Please note that timings of future ceremonies will vary. 

What do I have to wear?

All Diplomates are required to wear a gown and a mortarboard. Gowns are ordered directly from Ede and Ravenscroft (not the RCS). To order your gown and mortarboard, an email with a link to Ede and Ravenscroft will be sent to you after 18 January 2019. 

Will my seats be reserved?

Diplomates seats are reserved. You will be assigned a seat number that corresponds to the order of the procession in which you appear in the programme.

Guest seating is unreserved.

Please advise us if you or any of your guests have any access or seating requirements, e.g. wheel-chair access/hearing loop access. 

Personal Belongings

Once you have received your diploma you will not be returning to the same seat as you were originally assigned. It is therefore essential that you do not have any personal belongings with you when you enter the ceremony hall. Please leave them with a guest or use the cloakroom facilities provided. 

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