Graduation is an important occasion to celebrate your success with your family and friends. There are a few things you need to do in preparation for graduation day, so please read through this information carefully to ensure your graduation runs smoothly, including our  data protection statement on how your details will be used. 

Our summer 2014 graduation ceremonies will take place on Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July at the Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA.  

Wednesday 2 July 2014

School of Computing
​School of Engineering & the Built Environment

Thursday 3 July 2014

School of Management
​The Edinburgh Institute
​The Business School Flexible Managed Programmes

School of Accounting, Financial Services & Law
​School of Arts & Creative Industries

Friday 4 July 2014

​School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences

​School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages
​School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care

Car parking

Parking is available close to the Usher Hall - please see the Usher Hall website for details. Parking facilities for the receptions at Craiglockhart Campus is limited, so you may prefer to use public transport. If you or your guests are disabled, please email Student & Academic Services to discuss parking arrangements. 

Lothian Buses timetable information. 


The graduation ceremonies will be filmed and a live feed projected onto a large screen at the back of the stage, to allow guests to see you receiving your award. A version of the video will be available to view, free of charge, on our website shortly after graduation. Visual images will be used and retained strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act) and the University's records retention schedules. If you have any queries or objections please email  

Television companies may be present to interview our honorary graduates and other VIPs, or film the event generally. If you don't want to appear on television, you should maintain your distance from any filming that may be going on. 


You must apply to graduate or graduate In Absentia by Monday 9 June 2014.  

The application process will open in March 2014. 

To apply, log into Nimweb (accessed via the Student Portal - Your Student Record, then select the Graduation tab). 

If you are intending to exit with an award in Year 3, and not continuing to Honours, please remember to inform your School Office that you wish to exit in addition to applying. Graduands have three graduation options: 

Attend the ceremony

This allows you to attend the graduation ceremony & reception. The cost to attend is £50 and includes ceremony and reception tickets for yourself and two guests. 

Please note a degree will only be conferred once for a linked course, e.g. Degree to Honours Degree: you will not be eligible to participate in a second graduation ceremony should you subsequently qualify. 

Graduate In Absentia (not attending the ceremony)

Even if you do not wish to attend the ceremony, you still need to apply to get your parchment sent by post after the ceremony. The cost to graduate In Absentia is £20 and your parchment will be sent to your home address by recorded delivery (UK addresses only).  Parchments sent to addresses outwith the UK will be sent by air mail. Please allow four to six weeks from graduation for delivery. 

Defer until the next graduation ceremony

You may attend the graduation ceremony in the autumn of 2014 if you prefer, just email to let us know. 

The opportunity to defer is only offered once. 


If you have a debt to the University which is not cleared before graduation, you will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony or receive your parchment, and your name will not appear in the graduation programme or The Scotsman newspaper. 

Further information

Please email or telephone Student Administration on 0131 455 2535 if you need further information on any aspect of graduation.