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Festivals and celebrations welcome summer at University

Graduation celebrations, a feast of contemporary art and the world’s biggest arts festival are among the highlights at Edinburgh this summer.  

A range of events for students, their families and the public to enjoy will energise the campus over the coming weeks.

Summer at the University begins with graduation ceremonies, which run 29 June to 10 July.

Highlights include the posthumous award of degrees to honour the first women to matriculate at a British university.

Known as the Edinburgh Seven, they began studying medicine at Edinburgh in 1869 but were prevented from graduating and qualifying as doctors. The campaign they fought led to legislation ensuring that women could study at university.

Festival season

The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh College of Art are among the venues hosting events and commissioning work in the month-long Edinburgh Art Festival, which launches on 25 July.

In August, the city’s festival season reaches its peak with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The University will host hundreds of Fringe shows, with staff taking part in performances that include The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. The University is also a proud sponsor of both the International and Book Festivals.

The Fringe and International festivals run 2 to 26 August. The Book Festival – which features the centenary of the University’s James Tait Black Prizes, the UK’s oldest literary awards – is 10 to 26 August.

Welcome back

Summer activities draw to a close at the start of the new academic semester, with Welcome Week and the University’s Open Days.

Welcome Week – which runs 7 to 15 September – stages fun events and activities aimed at helping new students settle into University life.

Potential students can attend one of the University’s Open Days on 21 September and 5 October to find out more about student life and study options in Edinburgh.

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Summer graduations

Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Welcome Week

Open Days