2021 Summer Graduations
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued restrictions, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person summer 2021 graduation ceremonies. Current uncertainty around the pandemic and social distancing restrictions makes planning in-person graduation ceremonies impossible at this time.

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. Degrees will be awarded by the relevant Progression & Award Board and your results will be communicated to you via your GCU email. Your academic transcript will also be emailed to you via your GCU email.

Receiving your Degree Parchment

Everyone eligible to graduate over the summer will do so in absentia and will receive their parchment by post. The graduation team will be in touch with you to register your intention to graduate in 2021. You need to register in order to receive your parchment. This will allow you to check that the name on your student record matches the name on your passport. The name that will appear on your parchment is your full name as it appears on your student record. You will also have an opportunity at this time to check the address details we hold for you. Your parchment will be sent to your home address i.e. the address you live at when not at university.

Alternative Celebrations for Class of 2020 and Summer 2021 Graduates

To make sure you have opportunity to celebrate your fantastic achievement, we are planning a range of alternative events and activities including a short online celebration and commemorative brochure and, when social distancing permits, opportunities for souvenir photos in academic dress and reunions on campus.

Having listened closely to you and noted the deep disappointment many of you feel with not having a traditional graduation ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we want to share with you our intention to organise a number of ‘Graduate Ceremonies’ in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall once there are no COVID-19 social distancing restrictions on meetings and events. These events will welcome our graduates from both Glasgow and London, though we will look at having a separate ceremony in London if there is clear demand.

The detailed plans for the Graduate Ceremonies will be the subject of further work but we wanted to reassure you that the events will be dedicated to those of you who have missed your scheduled graduation ceremony to date.

To avoid the disappointment of setting, then cancelling dates because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions, we do not expect to start to offer these events before 2022 at the earliest. Given the number of graduation ceremonies that we have now had to cancel, and depending on graduate demand, these ceremonies are likely to be scheduled over more than one year.

We really want them to be events to mark your graduation success in a way that is special and memorable for those of you experiencing your university career during these unique times. 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.


We understand that you may have more questions; please look at our FAQs for Cancelled Graduations

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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