The information on this page should provide answers to questions about graduation that you may be asked by students. Please advise students that up-to-date graduation information is available on the external website. Each ceremony will be held in the Usher Hall on Lothian Road, Edinburgh and will last approximately one and a half hours.
Summer Graduation Ceremonies
This summer's graduation ceremonies will take place on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June 2013 in the Usher Hall as follows:
Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 3pm
• The School of Computing
• The School of Engineering & the Built Environment
Thursday 27 June 2013 at 11am
• The School of Accounting, Financial Services & Law
• The School of Arts & Creative Industries
Thursday 27 June 2013 at 3pm
• The School of Management
• The Edinburgh Institute
• The Business School Flexible Managed Courses
Friday 28 June 2013 at 11am
• The School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages
• The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care
Friday 28 June 2013 at 3pm
• The School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences
Our graduation ceremonies are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the successes of our students. We would be delighted if you could save these dates in your diary.
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Please click below for information relating to;
Arriving at the Usher Hall
Photography/ Use of cameras
During the Ceremony
Prizes and Medals
If you have any questions which have not been answered in these notes, please contact the Student Administration team at the Merchiston Campus. You can also email us at email@example.com
There is car parking available close to the Usher Hall. Please see the Usher Hall's website for further information. Parking facilities for the receptions at Craiglockhart Campus are limited. Guests may consider it advisable to use public transport.
Please advise students to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they or any of their guests are disabled, to discuss parking arrangements
Lothian Buses timetable information
Usher Hall location (Google Maps)
Graduands must be seated at least twenty minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony. Please inform your guests that admission to the auditorium cannot be allowed after the Procession has begun. Guests will only be admitted to the auditorium with a valid ticket.
Graduands must register in the Lothian Road entrance of the Usher Hall. It is important that they do this as they will be issued with a seating card and any other cards relevant to their award.
Tickets for the ceremony and the reception will be available for collection at the Registration Desk prior to the ceremony. You and your guests will be required to produce tickets in order to gain entry to the auditorium in the Usher Hall and the reception at Craiglockhart Campus.
Additional tickets may be available for ceremonies and receptions. Please advise students to check the Student Portal for details.
Please note that tickets will not be sent out in the mail.
Academic dress, i.e. the gown and hood appropriate to the degree to be awarded must be worn.
Graduation is a formal occasion. National dress may be worn if you wish. It is the student's responsibility to order a gown and hood in advance of the Ceremony by following the instructions on the Ede & Ravenscroft website (three weeks notice is usually required). Gowns should be collected from the Usher Hall on the day of the ceremony and can be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft afterwards either at the Usher Hall or the reception at Craiglockhart. For information on staff gowns, please see the separate link for Academic Dress.
Photography can be ordered online when ordering Academic Dress.
Ede & Ravenscroft, the official University photographers, will be present both before and after the Ceremonies, and will also be available at the Reception, to allow students to have their photographs taken. It is advisable to order photographs in advance, as the queues for this service can be quite long. The photography area can be found in the Lyceum Theatre Rehearsal Space, 30B Grindley Street, located close to the Usher Hall. There are also photography studios at the Reception at the Craiglockhart Campus.
Ede & Ravenscroft Photography,
Unit A, Denny End Industrial Estate,
Cambridge, CB25 9QD.
Tel No. 01223 861854
Members of the audience may take photographs during the ceremony, but they may neither move about the Theatre in order to do so nor use flash apparatus. No private video recording is permitted in the auditorium of the Usher Hall.
Graduands sit in their allocated seat in the stalls area of the Usher Hall. At the appropriate time ushers will guide students towards the stage. It is important that graduands retain their seating cards and any other title or award cards they are given at registration. The University photographers, Ede & Ravenscroft, will photograph each graduand as they walk across the stage. The photographs can be purchased after the Ceremony.
Receptions will be held at Craiglockhart Campus with refreshments including savoury and sweet canapés together with sparkling wine and soft drinks. Please note that food is served at the start of the reception and you are advised to arrive punctually. Three reception tickets are included in the graduation fee.
If the student or any of their guests are disabled, they must inform Student & Academic Services well before the ceremony so that we can make suitable arrangements for parking at the strictly limited disabled spaces at the receptions.
There are photography studios at the reception if students wish to have photographs taken later in the day along with gown return facilities.
If students have a debt to the university which is not cleared by 5pm on Monday 3 June 2013, their name will not appear in the graduation programme or The Scotsman and they will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony or receive their parchment until their debts are cleared.
Student & Academic Services coordinates the University prizes and medals and the presentation of these at the graduation ceremonies. Most awards are made by individual Schools to undergraduate and posgratuate level students, based upon a selection of key criteria. Enquiries about prizes and medals should be directed to the School office unless otherwise stated.