A guide to graduating

This information is for students graduating in person. Information for students graduating in absentia.

Younger Hall refurbishment

A project to refit and refresh the Younger Hall began in July 2019 with a completion date in early 2021. In order for the internal refit to take place the graduation ceremonies in December 2020 will be held in the University’s Sports Centre. 

Location of future graduation ceremonies:

  • December 2019 - Younger Hall
  • June 2020 - Younger Hall
  • December 2020 - University Sports Centre
  • June 2021 - Younger Hall

The graduation ceremony - December 2019

Your graduation ceremony will begin at either 10.30am or 2pm in the Younger Hall. You should report to the north-west door of Younger Hall at least half an hour before the start of your ceremony to receive your graduation ticket, and you will be allocated your seat.

Your seat will not be with your guests; it is important that you sit in your allocated seat during the ceremony.

At the appropriate signal from the usher, each row of students will file out from the left side of the hall and prepare to cross the stage. A representative from Ede & Ravenscroft will be off-stage to assist you with your hood. You will be told by a member of staff when to walk onto the stage, and you should remain at the side of the stage until you hear your name called.

When your name is called out by the Dean of your Faculty, you should walk from the side of the stage to the centre of the stage and hand your folded hood to the Bedellus — the chief mace bearer — holding out the collar end of the hood. You should kneel on the cushion of the graduation dais where you will be capped by either the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor, and the hood will be slipped over your head. Stand up and take a step back from the dais, bow towards the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor and continue to walk across the stage to the stage door on the opposite side to the one you entered from. There, you will be handed your degree certificate and documents in the anteroom, before returning to your seat.

At the close of the ceremony, the new graduates will join the end of the academic procession as it leaves the stage and process along North Street, through the arch into St Salvator's Quad. Graduating students will be able to meet their guests in St Salvator's Quad at the end of the procession.

All graduating students will be reminded of all instructions prior to their ceremony. Graduating students may wish to watch the how to graduate instructional video.

Collecting your graduation gown and hood

Graduating students are expected to arrive at the ceremony in their gowns and carrying the appropriate hood. On the day of your graduation ceremony, you will be able to collect your gown and hood from the Stewart Room of the Younger Hall from 8.30am onwards. You are advised to collect your gown in good time to avoid congestion at the collection point immediately prior to the ceremony.

If you haven't pre-ordered a gown and hood, you will have the opportunity to do so on the day of your graduation. Ede & Ravenscroft will be located at Younger Hall throughout graduation week. If you have not pre-ordered your gown, you will be charged extra on the day.

Graduation ceremony tickets

Students are guaranteed two seats for guests at your graduation ceremony.

All guest graduation ceremony and reception tickets will be available for collection from the ASC on North Street at the following times:

Thursday 28 November 9am to 4.30pm
Friday 29 November 9am to 4.30pm
Monday 2 December 9am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 3 December 9am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 4 December 9am to 1pm 

Any remaining ceremony tickets will be distributed at 9am on the morning of each graduation ceremony on a first-come-first-served basis from the ASC, 79 North Street.

Graduating students do not need to collect their tickets for the graduation ceremony until half an hour before the ceremony starts; these are handed out from the north-west door of Younger Hall.

Allocation of additional tickets

If any additional tickets become available, after the graduation application closing date of Friday 1 November 2019 at 5pm, they will be allocated by ballot.

Additional tickets may be limited or may not be available. The University accepts no liability for consequences or arrangements if a request is unsuccessful or additional tickets are not available.

The additional ticket application form will be live to apply for additional tickets until the closing date Friday 1 November 2019 at 5pm. Please note that you can only apply for additional tickets after you have received an email from the graduation office.

Dress code

There is a specific dress code for graduating students: you may be excluded from the ceremony if you are not wearing appropriate academic dress. Graduating students also require a gown and hood which can be hired from Ede & Ravenscroft.

Find out about the dress code for graduating students, and the gown and hood you should hire.

Graduation reception tickets

The University hosts a celebratory graduation reception for graduating students and their guests on Tuesday 3 December and Wednesday 4 December between 3.30pm and 5pm. Each graduating student receives three complimentary graduation reception tickets: one for yourself and two for guests. These tickets should be collected from the ASC at the same time as your guests' ceremony tickets.

If there are any additional graduation reception tickets available, you may be able to purchase them through the online shop. Each additional ticket costs £12.50.

Chapel services

A short service of thanksgiving will be held each day during graduation week in St Salvator's Chapel. Services will last no more than 30 minutes and all graduating students, their families and guests, of any faith or philosophy of life, are very welcome to attend.

If you are graduating in the morning, it is recommended that you collect your gown before the chapel service begins. If you wish, you may wear your gown to attend the service, but please note that hoods should not be worn.

All services will begin promptly on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 3 December 9.30am
Wednesday 4 December 9.30am

Graduation live screening

For students who have not been fortunate enough to receive additional ceremony tickets through the ballot, guests will be able to see the ceremony through a live screening of each ceremony.

Spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Security and safety

For the safety and comfort of everyone in Younger Hall, we do not permit graduating students or guests to bring any bulky items such as bags or suitcases into the ceremonies. Nothing should be left in an aisle that could cause an obstruction.


If, for any reason, you are not in a position to attend the graduation ceremony or your attendance is in doubt, please call +44 (0)1334 46 4104 to inform the University. Please leave a voicemail if the call is unanswered.

Graduands who have booked to attend their ceremony but fail to appear in person, arrive late, or are inappropriately dressed, will automatically have their degrees conferred "in absentia". In any of these cases, there will be no subsequent opportunity to graduate in person.