Student Administration

2021 Graduations - more information

We regret that graduation ceremonies in summer 2021 will not be running due to Covid-19. 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the continued restrictions around holding large scale events, the University has taken the difficult decision to cancel all in-person graduation ceremonies in summer 2021. 

Graduations are a highlight of our year and I realise how disappointing this news will be for you. The awarding of your degree is a significant milestone and while we may not be able to celebrate in-person in 2021, you will be invited to celebrate your achievement virtually by joining one of our online celebrations. Joining our virtual ceremony enables you and your supporters to celebrate your achievement at the end of your studies. You will be invited to an in-person celebration when we are able to resume these in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance.

We will continue to review the position as restrictions across Scotland ease.  If we are able to hold on-campus ceremonies for our November graduations, in a matter that reflects the celebration of your achievement, we will let you know as soon as we can and by the end of August at the latest.

Why we have taken this decision now

The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors remains our priority at all times. Current Scottish Government restrictions prohibit large gatherings of any kind and limit travel to ‘essential’ only. Even when Edinburgh moves out of protection Level 4, it is highly likely that we will be living with some form of physical distancing measures and travel restrictions throughout 2021. 

We have considered alternative smaller-scale arrangements over the summer (both indoor and outdoor), but unfortunately with the uncertainty around the level of Covid-19 restrictions that may still be in place throughout 2021, it is not feasible to plan multiple events for such large numbers of graduands and their supporters.  We have taken this decision as far in advance as possible to enable you and your supporters certainty around our plans and to avoid the need for last-minute cancellations and future disappointment.

Summer 2021 graduates

More information on graduation celebrations, gown hire, photo opportunities and degree certificates is available on our summer 2021 graduations page.

Winter 2021 graduates

We will be in touch by the end of September to confirm plans for the winter graduations.



Future celebrations

When it is safe to do so, we will invite you to celebrate your achievement with usHow and when events will take place in the future is dependent on a number of factors, especially Scottish Government guidance. Once the situation is clearerwe will share plans with you.

With the recent news from the First Minister that, by the end of June, it is hoped to be able to host socially distanced audiences of up to 400 indoors and 2000 outdoors, we are exploring whether we can offer an outdoor option this summer and hope to provide further information by the end of June.