The Ceremony

What happens before the ceremony?

After you register, you are free to meet your guests but you must not leave the venue. Announcements will be made frequently to confirm when both you and your guests are to be seated. 

What happens at the ceremony?

The ceremony starts promptly at 11:00am or 3:15pm.  The MC welcomes everyone to the Ceremony and informs you of some house rules after which he/she invites you to stand while members of University staff, Court, Senate, Honorary Graduand(s), senior officers of the university, the Mace and the Chancellor enter in procession to take their seats on stage.

A senior member of university Executive (normally the Chancellor) then opens the Ceremony. At most ceremonies at least one Honorary Award is conferred on someone of public interest. The graduands walk across the stage to be ‘capped’, shake the Chancellor’s hand, receive their certificate from a member of the Registry and return to their seats.

There are closing speeches and everyone is invited to attend a drinks reception at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Everyone stands as the Mace, the Chancellor, Honorary Graduate(s), senior officers of the University, Senate, Court, members of the university staff and graduates leave.

Can guests without a ticket watch on screens?

While the ceremony is not shown on any screens within the venue, please visit the Graduation Video page for details on live streaming of the ceremonies.

How long does the ceremony last?

The length of aceremony depends on the number of graduands and honorary awards being presented.  Normally each cermeony lasts a maximum of 2 hours.

How many people attend the ceremony?

There are generally around 500 graduands per ceremony from a mix of disciplines along with their guests.

Do I and my guests have to stay for the duration of the ceremony?

The Graduation Ceremonies are formal ceremonial events and as such graduands and their guests must remain in the auditorium throughout.