Graduation and awards ceremony
About your graduation
After your hard work to achieve your qualification you can now look forward to enjoying your graduation. Below are some commonly asked questions to help you prepare for this memorable day.
Where do I graduate?
You have the option of graduating at any academic partner graduation ceremony. Alternatively, you may not wish to attend in person and graduate in absentia. Students graduating in absentia will be listed as such in the graduation programme issued by their enrolling academic partner.
When and how will I be notified of my award?
If you have been studying for a degree, CertHE, DipHE, PgCert, PgDip or Masters you will be notified via email. The email will come from the Executive Office of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Normally this will be after the tier two, progression and award exam boards which meet in July of each year. You will be asked to return a form to confirm your details and to state where you would like to graduate. At the same time you will also be advised that it is our practice to issue graduation lists to national and local media where your name and award will be included. You will be asked to tick a box if you do not wish to be included in such publicity.
Graduands will also be asked to confirm whether they wish to receive an English or Gaelic degree certificate and, if the latter, if they wish their name to be in the Gaelic form.
If you are due to complete a SQA higher education award you will also be contacted in July advising you of the issuance of graduation lists to the media. You will also be offered the option, if you are successful in your award, of graduating at any of our academic partner graduation ceremonies should you so wish.
What happens if I intend to progress to the next level of study?
If you are an undergraduate degree student entitled to the award of a Cert HE, Dip HE or ordinary degree, but intend to progress to the next level of study, you shall not be able to graduate until your programme of study is complete. Similarly, if you are a postgraduate degree student entitled to the award of a PG Cert or PG Dip, but intend to progress to the next level of study, you shall not be able to graduate your programme of study is complete.
SQA students achieving a HNC or HND may be presented with their awards at a graduation ceremony, regardless of their intentions in relation to further study.
Who will invite me to the graduation ceremony?
You will have completed a form stating which ceremony you wish to attend. The invitation will come from your specified academic partner.
When do the graduation ceremonies take place?
Graduation ceremonies take place from July to early October. A complete list of dates is published each year.
When do I receive my graduation certificate?
Degree graduation certificates are issued on or after the relevant approved certification date of 30 March, 30 July, 30 September or 30 December and only on return of the completed confirmation of details form issued with the notification of award email. Certificates will be mailed directly to students by the university Student Records Office. They will be sent recorded delivery and therefore will not be presented at the graduation ceremonies.
SQA award certificates will be mailed directly to students by that body.
What happens if I have re-sits?
If your award is approved at re-sit boards and too late for inclusion in the autumn graduation ceremonies you have two options. You can either attend the following autumn’s graduation ceremony or be reported as having graduated in absentia.
What happens if my award is approved at the semester one exam boards?
If your award is approved at the semester one boards and too late for inclusion in the autumn graduations you have two options. You can either graduate at the following autumn’s graduation ceremonies or be reported as having graduated in absentia.
Who will present my award?
The Chancellor, vice-chancellor or appointed deputy will preside.
Official photographers are arranged by the college you are graduating from, and they will be able to provide details of venues and costs. Your college will also be able to advise if there are any arrangements for family and friends to take photographs or video during and after the ceremony.