Graduating in absentia

Sadly, GCU has had to postpone this summer’s graduation ceremonies and planned graduation ball, to a later date. We appreciate this will be really disappointing for many, but in the context of the coronavirus crisis there is a clear need to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and all our families.

An FAQ on the postponement of the graduation ceremonies is available here.

All students eligible to graduate at a summer ceremony will receive their parchment to their home address by end of July 2020. Please note we are unable to provide parchments before this date. Parchments are official documents and cannot be provided electronically.
You must, however, still register to graduate by completing the online registration form during the specified Graduation Registration period.

If you register to graduate but fail to turn up, you will graduate in absentia. We will post your certificate to your home address as outlined above.

If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the ceremony, please let us know, by emailing us at as soon as possible before your ceremony.

Distance Learning Graduands
Distance learning graduands are invited to one of our Glasgow ceremonies or can, of course, graduate in absentia.

Info for friends and family unable to attend
Friends and family of graduands unable to attend can view the ceremonies live via webcast. Further information can be found in the "Live Streaming Info" section on the Graduation Day page.