Graduation

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Graduation Day is the day you can say “I’ve done it”; it is a milestone in your life. You may be the first person in your family who has graduated, or you may have come back to the university for further study. Whatever stage you are at in your learning or career, we are proud and glad that you have achieved your award with us.

It is the single most important date in our academic calendar. It is the time when our staff can gather with you to celebrate your academic achievement.

The ceremony itself is formal with an academic procession.  Academics and graduates wear academic dress relevant to their academic award. At each ceremony we normally recognise and honour one or two people from the business or wider community with an Honorary Degree or other award. In the past we have given honorary degrees to Sir Alex Ferguson, Kerry Kennedy and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to name but a few.


GCU holds a number of ceremonies both in the UK and overseas with our transnational partners throughout the year.

Glasgow 2 Sets of Ceremonies, Summer (end June/Start of July) and Winter (November). There are usually 4 ceremonies held in the summer and 3 in the winter.

London 1 Graduation Ceremony held in November.

Students at GCU London who are eligible to graduate in May of each year can opt to graduate at a Glasgow summer ceremony either in person or in absentia

Transnational & Partner Ceremonies

South Africa (Transnet) 1 Ceremony a year, held between October and December.

Caledonian College of Engineering in Oman 1 Ceremony per year held between October and November.

Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing 1 Ceremony per year held normally in December.

Please visit the Graduation Schedule page for details and dates for each.


Graduation Updates

To keep up to date with Graduations at GCU, follow us on twitter, @GCUToday. If you're tweeting, remember to use #gcugraduations You can also follow us on Facebook.

Graduation Schedule

View the Graduation schedule for 2017.

Gown Hire

View information on hiring your graduation gown from Ede & Ravenscroft.

Video Options

We have Live Streaming and DVD purchase facilities available for the Winter graduations.

Picture Galleries

View images from the graduation ceremonies.

Video Galleries

Watch video packages from the graduation ceremonies.