2021 Winter Graduations

Unfortunately, after careful consideration, the University in consultation with the Student Association, has decided we will not be able to proceed with our face-to-face graduation ceremonies in November. We will, however, be inviting graduands to attend later in-person Graduate Ceremonies commencing in the Spring and Summer of 2022. We have also put in place a number of arrangements to ensure that you are able to celebrate your success in November.

While we share the disappointment of our graduands, we are all very aware that the COVID pandemic is still challenging, with infection rates increasing in recent weeks, and the UK governments continuing to signal the need for a cautious approach.  Together, the University and our Student Officers tried but were unable to find solutions for our November ceremonies that would safely deliver the event that you would rightly expect.

Awarding of Degrees

Please be assured that the lack of a graduation ceremony itself in no way stops you from graduating and receiving your degree parchment. Eligible graduands awarded by the relevant Progression & Award Board during August, September and October will have had your results communicated to you via your GCU email. Your academic transcript will also have been emailed to you via your GCU email.

Receiving your Degree Parchment

Degree Parchments for eligible graduands who have registered to graduate, will be sent to your home address (the registered address you live at when not at university) by the end of November 2021. If you have already provided an alternative address to the Graduation Team your parchment will be sent there.

Alternative Celebrations for Winter 2021 Graduates

To make sure you have opportunity to celebrate your fantastic achievement, we are planning a range of alternative ways to mark your success in November including opportunities for professional photographs in academic dress with guests; an opportunity to meet and be congratulated by a senior member of the University’s Executive and one of your elected Students' Association Officers. A commemorative brochure will also be sent to your home address.

As mentioned, graduates will also be invited to attend one of a number of in-person Graduate Ceremonies which will be very similar to the traditional Graduation Ceremonies and these will commence in the Spring and Summer of 2022.  Given the number of graduation ceremonies that we have now had to postpone, and depending on graduate demand, these ceremonies are likely to be scheduled over more than one year.

We really want these events to mark your graduation success in a fitting way that is special and memorable for you.

We’ll keep you informed of developments for the Graduate Ceremonies and our other planned initiatives to celebrate your graduation in due course.

We are hugely appreciative of the understanding and resilience with which our Graduates of 2020 and the Class of 2021 have responded to the many difficulties thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic and we will continue to do whatever we can to celebrate your hard work and success.


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Graduation day
This 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 to graduate, 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.

GCU holds a number of ceremonies both in the UK and overseas with our transnational partners throughout the year. Glasgow and London ceremony dates for this, and future academic years, can be found on the University Calendar.

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.

National University of Science and Technology, 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 Day page for details and dates for each.

Graduation Updates
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