University of Aberdeen scraps graduation fee

The administrative fee paid by students to graduate from the University of Aberdeen has today (Friday, February 8) been abolished by the institution.

Senior management at the University have been considering scrapping the payment - £45 for students who graduate in person or £10 for those graduate in absentia – over several months. The decision also follows a campaign championed by Aberdeen University Students’ Association Education Officer Donna Connelly.

Professor George Boyne, Principal of University of Aberdeen, said:

“We have been looking at the graduation fee in recent months and, after careful consideration of a very persuasive case put forward by the Education Officer, Donna Connelly, we have agreed to abolish it. I’m delighted to say that this comes into force with immediate effect. We’ve worked closely with Donna in the run up to our decision which is great news for our students.”

AUSA Education Officer Donna Connelly said:

“Graduation is one of the best experiences of a student’s time at University and graduation fees can be an unnecessary barrier to them celebrating their achievements with their family and friends. I’m delighted to have worked with the Principal and the University to agree to the scrapping of the graduation fee. As a graduate of the University myself I know that this decision will benefit students and is a welcome step forward.”