Graduation Day

Glasgow graduation ceremonies
Summer - July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2019
Winter - November 26th and 27th, 2019

London graduation ceremonies
Winter - November 4th, 2019

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

Transnational and partner graduation ceremonies
South Africa (Transnet) - December 5th, 2019
College of Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Oman - January 7th, 2020

Glasgow winter graduation schedule
The full schedule, with details of each programme graduating, is available here: Winter Schedule Glasgow 2019

Graduation dates are normally confirmed 3 years in advance and will not normally be changed at short notice. However, in the unlikely event that the graduation ceremony be postponed or cancelled for any reason, the University will endeavour to communicate this on its website and by contacting attending students. Under no circumstances shall the University be liable for any actual or alleged loss by the ticket holder or another arising from the cancellation or postponement of the event; this includes but is not limited to travel, accommodation and subsistence costs or any loss of business or earnings.

Timings and Locations

Key times for 11am ceremonies

  • 8:30am - Gown collection from the Hamish Wood building opens
  • 9:30am - Registration opens in the Concert Hall Exhibition Area
  • 10:30am - Registration closes - You must take your seat in the Auditorium by this time
  • 10:45am - Guests should be seated in the Auditorium by this time
  • 11:00am - The graduation ceremony will start promptly

Key times for 3:15pm ceremonies 

  • 11:00am - Gown collection from the Hamish Wood building opens
  • 1:45pm - Registration opens in the Concert Hall Exhibition Area
  • 2:45pm - Registration closes - You must take your seat in the Auditorium by this time
  • 3:00pm - Guests should be seated in the Auditorium by this time
  • 3:15pm - The graduation ceremony will start promptly

For 2:15pm ceremonies, please adjust the 3:15pm Key Times by 1 hour

Further important information
After registration, you are free to meet up with your family and friends within GRCH. You must not, however, leave the venue after you have registered your attendance. The official graduation photographers are available before and after each ceremony in the Strathclyde Suite at GRCH. Announcements will be made frequently to confirm when both you and your guests are to be seated. You must take your seat in the Auditorium at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts: 10:30am for morning ceremonies and 2:45pm for afternoon ceremonies.

**If you have not registered and taken your seat 30 minutes before the commencement of the ceremony, you will not be able to enter the Auditorium and receive your award.**
To ensure that the ceremonies commence on time for the enjoyment for all in attendance, no graduands who arrive late will be admitted to the ceremony.

Your guests must be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. If your guests arrive late, they will be allowed in at a time that will cause minimal disruption.

Order of ceremony
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) and senior officers of the university enter in procession to take their seats on stage.

A senior member of university Executive (normally the Chancellor or Chair of Court) then opens the Ceremony. At most ceremonies at least one Honorary Award is conferred on someone of public interest. You will be taken out of your seat by row, in order of the graduation programme and led to the Stage. The graduands walk across the stage to be ‘capped’ and receive their award from a member of the Registry before returning to their seats.

The ceremony will end with a closing Address followed by the Academic Recession when all present are asked to stand. You will be advised by staff when it is appropriate to leave the auditorium.
There is a post-drinks reception to which all present are invited. Details can be found on your invitation email.

The length of each ceremony depends on the number of graduands and honorary awards being presented. They usually last a maximum of two hours and as they are formal, ceremonial events, graduands and their guests must remain in the auditorium throughout.

Guest Information

Graduation Venue
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (GRCH) is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties and wheelchair spaces are available.
Venue Access Information can be found at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall website.

There will be sign language interpreters on stage for the duration of the ceremony.

There isn’t a restaurant at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; however, there is a cafe bar where light snacks and drinks are available.

Guest Tickets
Please visit the "Guest Tickets" section on our Preparing for Graduation page for more information.

Guest Accommodation
If your guests need somewhere to stay in Glasgow, the University Accommodation Service has a special package available for attendees and guests at Caledonian Court over the graduation period. Please email them directly on
There are also a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area. For more information please visit our Hotels & Facilities page.

Overseas Guests
If you are inviting family from overseas to attend your graduation, please visit the Visa web page for information on what you need to do in order for them to apply for a standard visitor visa.

Please note that the University can't supply an invitation letter; a standard Confirmation of Student Status is the only letter we can supply. The Campus Life desk in Glasgow or the Student Office in London will be able to produce this for you. If you are not able to visit either location please contact Student Records.

Social Media Info

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

Your name and level of award will be recorded in the official University graduation programme as well as in The Herald and The Scotsman newspapers. As electronic versions of these papers are available, this information is accessible worldwide via the internet.

If you do not wish your name to be recorded in the newspapers please let us know in your registration form.
You can also request to opt out of press by emailing providing your name and Student ID number.

Live Streaming Info

Friends or family that are unable to attend the event can view the ceremony LIVE via webcast.
The LIVE STREAM will become available approximately five minutes before the event is due to start, at which point, you will be able to click through to our transmission page. This page will automatically refresh every two minutes to check the ceremony's availability.
Please note: the live stream is not available to view post ceremony. All times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

If you do not wish to feature in either the live stream or Video services, please contact no later than five weeks before the date of your ceremony. Please ensure that you include your Student ID when emailing.

Crèche Facilities

Your graduation is a formal occasion which can be lengthy for young children. As we appreciate it is not always possible to make childcare arrangements, a crèche facility will be available for children of graduating students and their guests. We strongly encourage the use of this provision for children under the age of five years.

The crèche will be staffed by a team of fully trained and experienced childcare workers employed by “Stepping Stones for Families”. For more information on the organisation, please visit their website.

The crèche will be housed at the University, in the Faith and Belief Centre. Signage will be displayed on campus. For the morning ceremony the crèche will be open from 9:30am to 1:15pm. For the afternoon ceremony the crèche will be open from 1:45pm to 5:45pm.

The cost per child is £10 which is required in advance. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

How to Book
To register a place, please complete online Crèche Booking Form and return to Payment can be made via the online store.

Please note that all crèche places require to be pre-booked as the crèche is operated on a legal requirement adult/child ratio and therefore cannot accept walk-ins or late bookings. All places must be booked no later than one week before ceremonies. For more information, please email us at

Photography and Videography

The graduation and award ceremonies are official public events and graduands, guests and staff attending should be aware that the ceremonies will be filmed and available to watch on DVD or via the internet. These may also be used by the University for marketing and promotional activities.

Details of how to get a DVD of the ceremony can be found in the "Purchasing Video" section on our Merchandise and Video page.

Ede and Ravenscroft will be in the Strathclyde Suite of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall before and after each ceremony to take official photographs. You can view the complete product selection and pre-order your photos by visiting their website.
Guests may take photographs of the ceremony, however, please note that filming - on video cameras or mobile phones - is prohibited.


Details of official graduation merchandise can be found in the "Merchandise" section on our Merchandise and Video page.