Student Administration

Information for those attending a graduation ceremony

The 2021 Winter graduations will be held from Saturday 27th November - Wednesday 8th December.

All graduating students will be emailed when registration is open. The form can also be reached via MyEd -> Accounts -> Student Record -> Progression & Awards.

About graduation

Where is the graduation ceremony?

All graduation ceremonies take place in the McEwan Hall, Edinburgh.

How long are the ceremonies?

The ceremonies will last approximately 1 hour.

Who can attend the graduation ceremonies?

All students who have been awarded their degree, diploma or certificate by 5th November 2021 can attend the relevant ceremony. Eligibility to graduate is determined by Schools, and is displayed via MyEd. Applying to attend a ceremony does not mean you are eligible to graduate.

Do I have to pay a fee to graduate?

You do not have to pay a fee to the University of Edinburgh in order to graduate. You will have to pay a charge to Ede & Ravenscroft to hire a gown and hood for the ceremony.

Can I defer my graduation?

Winter 2021 graduates can defer if unable to attend. If you defer, you will be invited back to a ceremony with 2020 and 2021 graduates who have not been able to attend a ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemc. When these ceremonies will take place has not yet been confirmed and we will contact you with more information when available.

More information about deferring

Health and safety measures

Your safety is our priority. These events have been planned in line with the latest Scottish Government guidance.  

Anyone who is self-isolating, has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid must not attend the graduation ceremonies.

Please ensure you and your guests are familiar with the Scottish Government guidance before attending the graduation ceremony or booking travel to attend the ceremony.

Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance

Please note graduation events may be subject to change due to Scottish Government guidance on COVID-19.

Face coverings

By law, in Scotland everyone aged 12 and over must wear a face covering, unless exempt, in most indoor public spaces, therefore face coverings must be worn at all times in the McEwan Hall, both while seated and standing.

Vaccine passports    

Vaccine passports or proof of vaccination status are not currently required to attend these ceremonies.  Any changes to the requirements for vaccine passports at these events will be communicated with you as soon as updates are available.

Testing before attending the ceremony                

We recommend that you take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on the day of the ceremony:

Order a free lateral flow test kit                    

Covid-19 contact tracing

Contact tracing is the process for identifying people at risk of catching Covid-19 because they may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. In the event that transmission occurs during these events, we will contact you using the details provided when you registered for your graduation ceremony. Please ensure you are able to provide the details of your guests should they be required for contact tracing after the event. If you will not be able to contact your guests after the event, please let us know when you check in for your ceremony.

Your safety is our priority. These events are being  planned in line with the latest Scottish Government guidance: Coronavirus in Scotland - (

Some protective measures remain in place, which all attendees will need to adhere to such as the use of face coverings and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. Further measures may be required and will be communicated by email where required.



Before the ceremony


On the day of the ceremony


Cancelling your attendance at your ceremony

If you register to attend your ceremony and are then unable to attend, you must cancel your attendance in the registration form before noon on 8th November. If you cancel by this date, you will have the option of attending a ceremony in the future. More details on this will be sent by email when you cancel your registration.


Further Information