Celebration Event

Celebration Event

Please note that the deadline to book into an event is 6th May 2022, 5pm. We cannot accept any further bookings after this date. Please check your emails to confirm your date and time of event.


We are delighted to confirm that planning is underway for an event to celebrate your graduation. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate your success with your family and catch up with fellow graduates. 

If you have a question about this event that is not covered in the FAQs below, please direct all correspondence to infohub@abdn.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen on the day?

The format of the event will be similar to that of a traditional ceremony. You can collect your robes on arrival, get your photographs taken and register with our team. We will then provide a briefing on what to expect during the event and organise graduates into alphabetical order before processing to the hall, where your guests will already be seated.

During the event, graduates names will be called out and you will be invited to cross the stage before returning to your original seat. After the event concludes, you will be invited to join the academic procession as it leaves the hall before making your way to the hospitality area to enjoy some refreshments with your fellow graduates and guests.

When and where is the Celebration event to be held?

P&J Live Aberdeen is located close to Aberdeen International Airport and is six miles northwest of the city centre. You can reach the venue using a range of transport options.

The dates and times for the celebration events are

  • Friday 1st July 2022, 7pm
  • Saturday, 2nd July 2022, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
  • Sunday 3rd July 2022, 11am, 3pm, 7pm

Graduates should arrive at the venue at least 2.5 hours before the start time to register your attendance, receive a briefing and arrange collection of any robes hired. All graduates must be registered at the venue to take part. Entry to the venue will not be permitted once the event has started or without registration.

Who is eligible to attend?

Any student who graduated during the time we were unable to offer in-person ceremonies as a result of the Covid pandemic and would normally have had the opportunity to graduate in person. Each graduate may bring up to 2 guests. As venue capacities have been reached, no additional guest tickets will be issued.

How do I book a date for the event?

The Graduation Celebration events are now fully booked but there are still a handful of graduates on the ticket waiting list. We would urge those who can no longer attend to notify us as soon as possible by emailing infohub@abdn.ac.uk. This will allow us to release tickets to those on the waiting list.

Unfortunately, as we have reached the venue capacity for these events we cannot offer any additional guest tickets. You will still be issued the 2 guest tickets as standard.

Your guests can arrive with you, the café on the ground floor will be open and additional seating will be available in the registration area. Guests must arrive no later than 1 hour prior to the start of your event. All guests will require a ticket to access the event.

I didn't get a confirmation email

Confirmation emails have been sent to all those who have booked into an event.

If you wish to confirm your booking date and slot please email infohub@abdn.ac.uk

Tickets - Graduates, guests and additional allocations

Graduates will get 1 ticket for themselves. These will be posted if a UK address has been provided, or will be available to collect from the Registration Hall if an international address. Each graduate may bring up to 2 guests as standard and will be included with the graduate ticket.

Unfortunately, as we have reached the venue capacity for these events we cannot offer any additional guest tickets. 

All guests (including children) admitted to the Graduation Celebration Event must be in possession of a ticket.  We can not admit anyone without a ticket. Each Graduate is guaranteed TWO guest tickets for the Graduation Celebration. 

All guests should arrive at P&J Live at least one hour before the event start time. Guest seating is not reserved and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission will not be permitted after the Academic Procession has entered the Event Hall.

We will email all attendees (using the email address provided) to advise that tickets have been dispatched/are available to collect. If you do not receive your tickets by a week before please contact us via email at infohub@abdn.ac.uk.

Will there be large screens showing the ceremony out with the ceremony venue?

There will be no streaming of the event on large screens out with of the celebration venue however those who wish to view it can do so on their own devices. A streaming link can be viewed on the Graduation website.

Will there be a graduation dinner?

Tickets for a Graduation Dinner will also be available to purchase.

Tickets are £45 each, or you can buy tables of 10 for £400. Tickets will be limited, and we do expect these to sell out quickly. Tickets will be limited, and with demand being incredibly high we expect these to sell out quickly.

Available dates are 6pm arrival, with last orders at 11.30pm on:

  • Friday 1st July
  • Saturday 2nd July
  • Sunday 3rd July

Tickets for the dinner will be available to purchase from the Online Store at 12pm on 6th April. 

Enquiries about the dinner should be directed to the Conference and Events team. Any enquiries about payments should be directed to retail@abdn.ac.uk



  • Summer vegetable salad, A selection of pickled, steamed and raw seasonal vegetables served with lemon dressing and basil mayonnaise (vegan)


  • Roast breast of chicken served with fondant potato, seasonal vegetable bundle and a chicken and tarragon jus
  • Smoked Aubergine with  glazed carrots and green beans, sweet potato fondant and demi glaze (vegan)


  • Sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice-cream and sticky toffee sauce (vegan, Gluten free)

For visa requests please email Infohub once you have a confirmation of your celebration date.

Will I be able to wear graduation robes?

Yes, you can wear graduation robes. You will be able to book your robe through Ede & Ravencroft for a fee. Please visit their website for more details.

Graduation robes are optional. However, if you wish to wear a robe please note that Ede & Ravenscroft, are managing significant demand across the UK for gowns and they have a limited number of robes and sizes available. Allocation of these will be on a first come first served basis.

You are strongly encouraged to book your robe as soon as possible to ensure that you secure one in the correct size.

As the graduation celebration event is a formal occasion, an appropriate standard of dress is expected. Business wear or formal dress is classed as appropriate. National dress of your home country is also acceptable.

Will I be able to have some graduation photos taken?

Yes, you will be able to book a photography session with Ede & Ravenscroft photography for a fee. Please visit their website for more details.

Graduation Gown Collection and Photography

Gowns that have been booked will be able to be collected from the Registration Hall in the P&J Live.

Photography that has also been booked will be in the Registration Hall.

Will there be accommodation available?

Accommodation is available at:

  • New Carnegie ensuite flats, Hillhead Student Village
  • Hilton Aberdeen TECA
  • Aloft Aberdeen TECA

For Hillhead Student Village bookings please email hillheadstudentvillage@abdn.ac.uk. Once received, a member of staff will contact you to confirm availability and finalise details.

For Aloft Aberdeen TECA bookings (£83 per night) please follow this link. Bookings for this hotel must be completed by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

For Hilton Aberdeen TEC, please follow this link.

What else is happening on campus?

We are still exploring options for activity on campus and will provide an update nearer the time.

How much will the event cost?

There is no cost to attend the Graduation celebration event.

If you wish to wear graduation robes you can purchase or hire them from Ede & Ravencroft.

If you wish to book graduation photography sessions you can book and pay through Ede & Ravencroft.

There will be costs associated with some of the food and drink.

I didn't get an email about this event

All graduates who supplied the University with a personal email address were contacted about the Graduation Celebration Event and asked to express an interest in attending. We also recommend that you update your details with our Alumni team.