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 summer 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all students eligible to graduate will do so in-absentia, on 10 July 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.

Access to University facilities is currently restricted which means that it is unlikely that we will be able to go onto campus to print graduation certificates and transcripts in July 2020.  These will be produced as soon as reasonably possible once we return to a normal working environment.  The University recognises that many of you need to provide proof of graduation to future employers so we are investigating alternative ways of doing this until paper certificates are available again.

 

In-absentia

How to Apply

 Application Deadline:  Friday 12 June 2020

  • Print an Application to Graduate form from your Student Hub and submit it by email to graduation@abdn.ac.uk.
  •  If you no longer have access to your Student Hub you can request a form from us at graduation@abdn.ac.uk.

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

Debt

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

When we are in a position to prepare certificates and transcripts:
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, including postcode/zipcode. If your certificate is returned to us as undeliverable you may need to pay additional postage to have it resent.

In the meantime, if you 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.

When we are in a position to prepare certificates and transcripts we will send a message to your University email account to ask for confirmation that the address on your Application to Graduate form is still accurate.  You will not need to reapply for DHL if you have already requested this service.

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 January 2020 Sunday 2 February 2020 28 February 2020
Friday 20 March 2020 Sunday 5 April 2020 TBC
Friday 12 June 2020 Friday 10 July 2020 TBC

 

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 including a postcode/zipcode. 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. It may not be possible to change your address or request courier delivery after the date you are expected to graduate.

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.

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.
     
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