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Admission ceremony FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the College's admission ceremonies for Fellows and Members

 

Covid-19: What do I need to know about attending?

The College will be adhering to current government guidance on Covid-19. Any specific instructions that you need to be aware of will be sent to you in advance of the ceremony.

 

When will I be eligible to use the designatory letters "FRCOG" or "MRCOG"?

In order to become an FRCOG or MRCOG, you are required to fulfil the requirements of completing all necessary exams, declaration forms and paying the advised remittance.

Once you become a full Fellow or Member of the RCOG, you are eligible to use the relevant designatory letters FRCOG or MRCOG. You no longer need to attend a ceremony in order to become an FRCOG/MRCOG.

 

Do I require a ticket for the membership ceremony?

Fellows/Members do not require a ticket for the ceremony, but please ensure you have booked your place using the booking platform, and that you have received a confirmation email. If you haven’t received the confirmation email please contact us at ceremonies@rcog.org.uk.

Up to two (2) guest tickets are provided to each Fellow/Member who requests them.

 

Can I request additional guest tickets?

We can only guarantee two (2) tickets per Fellow/Member.

You are strongly advised not to make any arrangements (including travel) for any guests unless their ticket has been confirmed.

At this time we cannot accommodate any additional visitors.

 

Can I invite additional guests to the post-ceremony reception?

Unfortunately, the post-ceremony reception is open to Fellows/Members and their guests (ticket holders) only, due to limited space.

 

Can I bring children to the ceremony?

This is a celebratory occasion for the family so children are welcome to attend. If the child/children are under the age of 5, they can sit on the lap of one of your guests in the Main Hall. Any child over the age of 5 will need to have their own guest ticket.

We are required to have an accurate count of how many people are in Main Hall. This number includes babies and children. You will be asked to specify numbers when you make your booking.

 

What facilities are there for children?

Ceremonies typically last for around an hour and there are no crèche or childcare facilities provided by the RCOG.

Children must be accompanied at all times.

Baby changing and breastfeeding facilities are provided.

 

How will I receive my ticket?

Guest tickets will be issued to you on the day of the ceremony at the registration desk.

 

What are the seating arrangements?

Fellows/Members will have allocated seating in the Main Hall.

All guest seating is unreserved (i.e. specific seat numbers are not assigned to guests). If your guests have particular requirements such as disabled access, please contact ceremonies@rcog.org.uk.

Guests will be directed to unassigned seats by ceremony stewards upon entering the Main Hall.

 

How long does the ceremony last?

Ceremonies typically last approximately 60 minutes but this may change depending on the number of awards being presented on the day.

 

How do I obtain a letter to accompany my visa application?

The membership team can provide a letter to accompany your visa application.

Contact the Membership Assistant at ceremonies@rcog.org.uk and request an "admission ceremony invitation" letter.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an invitation letter that specifically names any of your accompanying guests.

 

I do not wish to shake hands when I receive my certificate for cultural reasons

This is absolutely fine – please notify the Membership Assistant on ceremonies@rcog.org.uk advance of the ceremony so that the President may be informed.

During the ceremony, we ask that you pause in front of the President to have your photograph taken.

 

Can I take photos or selfies during the ceremony?

An "on the stage" photograph will be taken of every Fellow/Member with the President during the Ceremony.

Guests are only permitted to take photos/videos prior to and during the ceremony from their seat. No filming or photography is permitted from the aisles or where it may obstruct the space of the official photographer.

We accept that Fellows/Members will also want to take photos of their friends as they receive their award, but again, the ceremony flow must not be impeded or delayed by this. Therefore, taking selfies on stage is not permitted.

 

Is parking available at the College?

There are no parking facilities at the College.

An NCP car park is situated near the College's new home in Union Street at London Bridge:
https://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/london-bridge/

Public transport options for getting to the College are detailed here:
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/contact-us/directions