Questions and Anwers round about the Graduation Celebration

What happens if there is bad weather?

The Graduation Celebration will still take place if it rains. The event will only be cancelled or discontinued if it storms. The seats in the stands are covered, but the gradutes' seats are not. If rain is foreseeable we will offer graduates rain ponchos. However we are optimistic the day will be beautiful and sunny.

Is there a dress code?

During the official program graduates will wear black graduation caps and sashes, which they are receiving from RWTH as a memorabilia gift.

The event should have a celebratory air to it, and graduates are purposefully placed in the middle of stadium to be "put on show." In this respect, we ask that you wear appropriate clothing. However, please be mindful when choosing your shoes, since graduates will be standing on a sandy area before they march into the stadium. There are sandy and gravel surfaces throughout the dressage stadium.

Is there catering?

Yes, there will be different catering stands throughout the grounds of the dressage stadium, where participants can buy a "stadium-appropriate" lunch and drinks.

Each graduate is provided with a bottle of water at their seat.

Visitors are not permitted to bring their own food, especially beverages.

Are food/beverages allowed in the graduate seating area?

Gradutes may not bring food or beverages with them during the procession inside. There will be a bottle of water for each graduate at their seat.

Your guests can bring beverages from the catering stands to their seats. Please make sure to dispose of any trash afterwards.

Can I temporarily leave the grounds during the event?

Tickets are voided upon entry on the grounds. It is not possible to re-enter with a voided ticket. You may temporarily leave the grounds in an emergency – please check with the personnel at the admission control before leaving the grounds. However, we ask you not to abuse this exception, as this could lead to congestion around the entry area.

Guests may leave their seats during the event, since their seats are numbered. Graduates are asked not to leave their seats during the event in order to prevent any disturbances within the inner area of the stadium.

Can graduates participate who did not pre-register?

All graduates from the summer semester of 2017 and the winter semester of 2017/18 who have pre-registered will be contacted in July and receive information on how to acquire tickets for the event.

Graduates who did not pre-register do not receive this information, and they cannot participate. For this reason, we recommend (prospective) graduates to pre-register for the event, in particular as pre-registration is not binding.

Can graduates bring more than three guests?

If there are any spots left, all those who pre-registered and are eligible to participate will be informed in August 2018 via email how to purchase them. A reservation by the Organization Team is not possible.

Additional tickets, if available, can be used for additional guests as well as for graduates who didn’t purchase any tickets yet.

Are children allowed to attend?

Children are, of course, allowed to attend the event.

Children ages 2 to 14 pay 50 percent of the original ticket price and will receive a surprise at the RWTH info booth.

Admission is free for children ages 0 to 1. However, they do not get their own seat.

Should you need childcare during the festivities, please contact the RWTH Family Services Center via as soon as possible.

Are animals allowed in the stadium?

No. No exceptions will be made.