Your graduation is an official celebration of your accomplishments during your time at the University of Aberdeen.

As the University is unfortunately unable to stage graduation ceremonies in winter 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all students eligible to graduate will do so in-absentia, towards the end of the week commencing 23 November 2020.

You are still required to apply to graduate, see below.  Your Application will provide confirmation to us that your names and the postal address information we hold on record for you is accurate.  Please ensure that you give an address location covering the period 26 November 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Providing the Government does not place local restrictions in the City due to an outbreak of Covid-19 we will be able to go onto campus to print graduation certificates and transcripts at the end of November/beginning of December.




How to Apply

 Application Deadline:  Friday 22 January 2021

  • Download an Application to Graduate form from your Student Hub and submit it by email to
  •  If you no longer have access to your Student Hub you can request a form from us at

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


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.

Postage Information

Postage and Courier Service

Please ensure that you give an address location covering the period 15 February 2021 to 14 March 2021.  If you do change your address, please advise the Graduation Team as soon as possible.

There is an optional fee to have your certificate sent by courier service. You will be able to pay for this through 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.  Please note that DHL courier services will not deliver to a PO Box address.

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

(Dates subject to change due to possible COVID-19 lockdown restrictions)

Friday 23 October 2020 25-27 November 2020 By 15 January 2021, though posting expected before the Christmas vacation
Friday 22 January 2021 Sunday 21 February 2021 26 February 2021
Friday 19 March 2021 Sunday 4 April 2021 30 April 2021
Friday 21 May 2021 Sunday 4 July 2021 30 July 2021


Graduation Checklist

Complete your application. It is important that you check:

  • the accuracy of your pre-printed names as this is how your name will appear on your certificate;
  • the programme of study – undergraduates should tick if they are Honours, Designated or non-honours - not applicable to MBChB, postgraduate, PGDE or DPLP candidates;
  • that a phone number and/or a non-University email address is included in case we need to contact you in an emergency, or your University email account closes;
  • if you amend your form, please ensure the amendments are made clear.
Data Protection

If you complete an application to graduate, or application to be awarded a Certificate or Diploma, you should note that your name may be published in an awards list that the University may release to the media. If you do not wish your name to be included you must notify to this effect and make it clear on your application to graduate form.

In addition, if you qualify for the award of a degree you should note that, unless you apply to the Registrar of the General Council for exemption on ground of conscience, you will automatically become a member of the General Council of the University, and your name will be included in the published Register of members of the Council.

Following graduation, your contact details and degree/diploma/certificate information are transferred to our alumni and development database where our alumni archive is maintained. The Alumni Relations and Development teams keep in contact with former students regarding further education and Continuing Professional Development opportunities, career mentoring and development, reunions, alumni and University events, University updates and fundraising initiatives.

Your contact details are only used for University-related activity and are not passed to any third-party organisations for other purposes. You can at any time opt out of receiving any or all of these communications by contacting our Alumni Relations Office at

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. Please fill out the Success Story form.