All you need to know about what happens on graduation day.
Graduands are entitled to two guest tickets each. All guests, including children, require a ticket to enter the ceremony hall. You will collect your tickets on graduation day. Information on where you can collect your tickets will be available closer to the ceremony dates. You must present the confirmation email the graduand will have received to collect your tickets.
All guests should be seated twenty minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. We regret that you may not be able to enter the hall once the ceremony has started.
The ceremony opens
Once guests are seated, the Graduands’ Procession enters the hall and graduands make their way to their seats. The assembly (audience) remains seated at this point.
Shortly afterwards, the Chancellor’s Procession enters the hall. The assembly should rise and remain standing until the Chancellor invites guests to be seated.
The Chancellor of the University will declare the ceremony open and deliver their opening address. This will be followed by an opening address from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor. The Chancellor will then proceed to the conferral of degrees and other awards, beginning with the conferral of honorary degrees.
The conferment of degrees
Graduands are presented to the Chancellor in the following order: Honorary Degrees, Higher Degrees, First Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Recipients are presented by their Head of Faculty.
The Chancellor confers awards on all graduands who are present on the day, and then on those candidates who are unable to be present.
The ceremony ends
The Chancellor declares the ceremony closed. The assembly is asked to rise when the music begins, and to remain standing while the Chancellor’s and Graduates’ Processions leave the hall.
Graduation ceremonies are among the most formal and ceremonial of all University events, so you may find the following guidelines helpful.
Each graduation ceremony is available to watch live on a
On the day of the ceremonies the webcast will shown live on the University of Stirling campus. Guests can watch the live webcast in the Pathfoot building.