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Graduations Graduation day

Planning your day

Make sure you leave home in good time. It's a really busy day and you're guaranteed to get caught up in the excitement!

You must be on campus at least two hours before the start of your ceremony to make sure you have enough time to collect your tickets, gown and to register. You'll also need to be seated in the hall 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Make sure you don’t leave home without your gown hire confirmation from Ede & Ravenscroft too!

Road works

Over the coming months, we're installing a new heat and power system on campus, cutting our carbon emissions in half. While we're really excited about this, it will have a small impact throughout graduations.

Here's what you need to know:

Work will start on John Street on 19 June 2017. If you're travelling by car, this means you'll need to access the University Centre (where you'll collect your gown) via Martha Street. You'll still be able to access John Street on foot 

Schedule of the day

Make sure you have a look at the schedule before graduation day. That way you can make plans and ensure your day runs smoothly.

Dress code

Graduation ceremonies are a formal, ceremonial occasion and you should therefore wear appropriate smart, formal clothing like: 

  • dark suit
  • dark jacket & trousers, with a white shirt
  • dark skirt or trousers with a white blouse, or white or dark dress
  • recognised national dress eg kilts

When you get here

Gown collection

If you're hiring your gown from Ede & Ravenscroft, you'll collect your gown and have your photograph taken at the following location:

The day before your ceremony - 3pm to 4pm

The day of your degree ceremony - 9am onwards

Ticket collection

Admission to the ceremony for all guests is by ticket only. Every student will automatically receive two tickets for guests. The graduating student does not need a ticket.

You can collect your tickets on the day of your ceremony from:

June ceremonies - University Centre

November ceremonies - McCance building

at the following times:

  • 11am ceremony - from 9.15am onwards
  • 3pm ceremony - from 11.30am onwards


As soon as you've collected your tickets and gown, go directly to the High Street entrance of The Barony Hall and you'll be directed to the graduand’s registration. Guests should enter the Barony by the main Rottenrow entrance.


All graduands are required to sign the Register and will be given a numbered seat in the Hall. To ensure that you process onto the stage in the correct order it's important that you remain in your allocated seat.

After registering, graduands should take their seat in the Hall, wearing their gowns but carrying hoods. All graduands must be in their seats no later than 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony – graduands not seated by that time may have to be moved to the end of the ceremony.

Disabled guests

If you have a disabled guest who requires assistance please get in touch and let us know at least 10 working days before the date of your graduation ceremony.

Please arrive in good time for the ceremony and speak to the security wardens on duty at the Rottenrow entrance, adjacent to the glass walkway, who will help you into the Hall.

The Barony Hall is accessible to wheelchair users and is fitted with induction loop facilities for guests wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids should be set to the 'T' position.

During the ceremony   

Capping procedure 

Each ceremony will last approximately one hour. At the beginning of the ceremony, graduands will receive a signal to rise and proceed to the steps at the right-hand side of the platform. At this point hoods should be carried over your arm - don't worry though, we'll have staff on hand to help you fold it.

At the side of the platform, you'll hand your hood to the Bedellus who'll place it in position over your robes.

When your name is announced, walk to the centre of the platform and turn towards the Presiding Officer. After being capped you'll proceed further along the platform towards the Chief Operating Officer, where you'll receive your degree parchment.

You'll then leave the platform by the steps at the left-hand side and return to your original seat. At the end of the ceremony you should remain standing as the Academic procession leaves the Hall.


Please make sure you've made alternative arrangements for coats, bags and other personal belongings as you can't cross the stage with these items.

We ask that you make sure your mobile phone has been switched off or turned to silent, and note that no refreshments, other than bottled water, should be consumed in the Hall.


To avoid obstructing the view of other guests or causing a distraction, we ask your guests to take photographs from their seats.

Please avoid flash photography.

After the ceremony

Graduation Reception

Following the ceremony a University reception will be held in the Graduation Gardens in front of the Lord Todd building, or inside the building if the weather isn't great.

Graduation photographs

Ede & Ravenscroft Photography will be in attendance on the day of your ceremony for graduation photos, at the following locations:

  June ceremonies November ceremonies
Photography University Centre Insight Institute

Return of hired hoods and gowns

Before you leave, please return your academic dress no later than 5.30pm on the day of your ceremony (2.30pm for the ceremony on Friday 30 June 2017.)