Your graduation is an official celebration of your accomplishments during your time at the University of Aberdeen. These pages have all the information you need to be fully prepared for your graduation ceremony, as well as what to expect on the day.

In Person

How to Apply

All degree, PGDE and DPLP students expecting to complete their studies can graduate in person.

To graduate in person, you should apply by printing an application form from your Student Hub.

If you no longer have access you can collect/request a form from the Infohub or if you are not on campus we can email you a copy to complete and return. Contact us at graduation@abdn.ac.uk

No applications will be accepted after the closing date.

It is extremely important that the correct option is ticked at the top of the form, i.e. whether you wish to graduate in absentia or in person. You cannot graduate in person if you have already graduated in absentia and vice versa.

Please note: If you owe the University money for any reason (fees, library fines for unreturned books etc.) you will not be permitted to graduate – please refer to the FAQs.

Don't wait until you receive your results, assume you will pass and apply now.

Please refer to the Graduation application checklist to ensure you have completed all of the steps.

Graduation Checklist
  1. Complete your application. It is also important that you check:
  • the accuracy of your pre-printed names.
  • the programme of study – undergraduates should tick if they are Honours, Designated or non-honours  - not applicable to MBChB, postgraduate, PGDE or DPLP candidates.
  • any previous degree(s) – in short form, including the name and country of the university eg BSc(India). If it is a UK degree give the University eg BSc(RGU). (Do not include sub-degree or qualifications from a Professional body).
  • the address where the tickets for the ceremony are to be sent (we cannot send tickets outwith the UK. Please refer to FAQs.
  • that a phone number and/or a non-University email address is included in case we need to contact you in an emergency.
  • if you amend your form, please ensure the amendments made clear to avoid misinterpretation or being missed.
  1. Applications received after the published deadline.

    Applications received after the deadline of 4pm on Friday 11th October 2019 may be accepted but you will not be guaranteed a place at your alloted ceremony and the standard two guest tickets. No applications will be accepted after the absolute deadline of 4pm on Friday 25th October 2019. All places and guest tickets will be subject to capacity and you may be offered a waiting list or alternative ceremony.

    Please refer to FAQs.

    No applications will be accepted after the absolute deadline date.

  2. Submit an Additional Ticket request form (if required).
     
  3. Submit an Assistance Request form for self or guests as appropriate, and notify us of any mobility issues.
     
  4. Ensure all fees/charges are paid
     
  5. Check the dress code.
     
  6. Book your hood and robe with Ede and Ravenscroft no later than 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. Check what your hood should look like.

Optional Items

  1. Book a professional photography session with Ede and Ravenscroft Photography.
    Gowns and photos can be booked at the same time.     
  2. Find out about the benefits of being a University of Aberdeen Alumni  
  3. Order commemorative souvenirs
  4. Find out how the Careers Service can continue to support you as a graduate
  5.  Share your success story – contact the communication team.
Key Dates

Winter 2019

Application deadline  4.00pm on Friday 11th October 2019
Late application deadline 4.00pm on Friday 25th October 2019
Tickets issued Approximately 10 days prior to ceremony
Please check FAQs for more details
Graduation Ceremonies Wednesday 20th November, Thursday 21st November and Friday 22nd November 2019
Find your ceremony here
Robe hire ordering deadline 8th November 2019


Summer 2020

Application deadline  4.00pm on Friday 3rd April 2020
Late application deadline 4.00pm on Friday 8th May 2020
Tickets issued 10 days prior to ceremony (please refer to FAQs)
Graduation Ceremonies Monday 15th June - Friday 19th June 2020 (provisional)

 

Winter 2020

The provisional dates for the Winter Graduation Ceremonies are Wednesday 25th November - Friday 27th November 2020 in the Elphinstone Hall, King’s College campus, at Old Aberdeen.

Share your success story

The local and national media traditionally seeks out interesting stories regarding our new graduates. The University’s Communications Office would be delighted to hear from any student willing to have contact with the media during graduations. Some examples of stories covered during previous ceremonies include:

  • Students who have excelled or have completed newsworthy research
  • International students
  • Mature students
  • “Against the odds…” – eg degree gained in adversity
  • Graduates about to embark on a new venture – eg high profile career start, round-the-world trip
  • Family connections – eg generations of Aberdeen graduates, relations of University staff
  • Graduates who have enjoyed a particular extra curricular activity during their student career eg sport, student politics, etc
  • ‘Local’ connections – eg groups of friends sharing the same ‘hometown’

Your participation would be appreciated. These stories not only add to the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion but highlight your achievement and the University’s contribution to your success*. They may inspire others to follow in your footsteps and will also profile your particular academic discipline. Please fill out the graduation publicity form and send to communications@abdn.ac.uk.

You can contact the Communications Office on 01224 272014.

 *The Communications team cannot guarantee that every story will be followed up but they thank you for your participation

In Absentia

How to Apply

If you are unable or do not wish to graduate in person, you may graduate in absentia.

Please note that if you graduate in absentia, you are normally unable to also graduate in person and vice versa.

To graduate in absentia you should apply by printing an application form from your Student Hub. If you no longer have access you can collect/request a form from the Infohub or if you are not on campus we can email you a copy to complete and return. Contact us at graduation@abdn.ac.uk.

It will take about a month after the published date of graduation to prepare and check all parchments before despatch. Please refer to key dates for the expected posting dates.

There is an optional fee to have your certificate sent by courier service. You can pay for this at the Online Store. If you make this payment you MUST write your order number on your application form so we know that you require courier service.

Students completing with a Certificate or a Diploma (with the exception of PGDE and DPLP students) can only 'graduate' in absentia. To request your Award you must still submit an application form and pay the courier delivery fee, if required

Please note: If you owe the University money for any reason (fees, library fines for unreturned books etc.) you will not be permitted to graduate – please refer to the FAQs.

Don't wait until you receive your results, assume you will pass and apply now.

Certificates will be posted to the address specified on your Application to Graduate form. Ensure that the postal address on your form is correct and marked clearly, as if your certificate is returned to us as undeliverable you may need to pay additional postage to have it resent. Please note that DHL courier services will not deliver to a PO Box address. If you change your address, you must advise the Graduation Team as soon as possible.

If a certificate is sent to an incorrect address, we will wait approximately 8 weeks for the certificate to be returned to the University before issuing a replacement.

Key Dates

Applications to graduate in absentia should be submitted by the deadline closest to the date you are due to complete your studies. If you do not qualify in time your application will be carried forward to the next in absentia graduation. Thereafter you will have to reapply to graduate as your original application will be destroyed.

 Application Deadline Graduation Date Expected date of
Certificate Posting
Friday 17 May 2019 Sunday 23 June 2019 26 July 2019
Friday 1 November 2019 Saturday 23 November 2019 10 January 2020
Friday 17 January 2020 Sunday 2 February 2020 28 February 2020
Friday 20 March 2020 Sunday 5 April 2020 1 May 2020
Friday 15 May 2020 Sunday 21 June 2020 24 July 2020

Certificates will be posted to the address specified on your Application to Graduate form. Ensure that the postal address on your form is correct and marked clearly, as if your certificate is returned to us as undeliverable you may need to pay additional postage to have it resent. Please note that DHL courier services will not deliver to a PO Box address. If you change your address, you must advise the Graduation Team as soon as possible.

If a certificate is sent to an incorrect address, we will wait approximately 8 weeks for the certificate to be returned to the University before issuing a replacement.

Share your success story

The local and national media traditionally seeks out interesting stories regarding our new graduates. The University’s Communications Office would be delighted to hear from any student willing to have contact with the media during graduations. Some examples of stories covered during previous ceremonies include:

  • Students who have excelled or have completed newsworthy research
  • International students
  • Mature students
  • “Against the odds…” – eg degree gained in adversity
  • Graduates about to embark on a new venture – eg high profile career start, round-the-world trip
  • Family connections – eg generations of Aberdeen graduates, relations of University staff
  • Graduates who have enjoyed a particular extra curricular activity during their student career eg sport, student politics, etc
  • ‘Local’ connections – eg groups of friends sharing the same ‘hometown’

Your participation would be appreciated. These stories not only add to the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion but highlight your achievement and the University’s contribution to your success*. They may inspire others to follow in your footsteps and will also profile your particular academic discipline. Please fill out the graduation publicity form and send to communications@abdn.ac.uk.

You can contact the Communications Office on 01224 272014.

 *The Communications team cannot guarantee that every story will be followed up but they thank you for your participation