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Information for guests

All you need to know about what happens on graduation day.

  • Tickets

    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.

  • Ceremony

    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.

  • Etiquette

    Graduation ceremonies are among the most formal and ceremonial of all University events, so you may find the following guidelines helpful.

    • Please be considerate of other guests. We would ask that you take photographs from your seat to avoid obstructing the view of other guests or causing a distraction. Members of the audience may take photographs from a seated position, but should not move about the venue or use flash apparatus.
    • Refreshments must not be consumed in the hall.
    • Check that your mobile phone has been turned off or turned to silent.
    • If you arrive late or need to leave during the ceremony, please be aware that you may not be able to enter or re-enter the hall during the Processions.


    • All guests, including children, must be in possession of a ticket.
    • Graduation ceremonies normally last at least an hour and are formal occasions. We recommend that babies and young children do not attend.
    • If you have a guest under school age, your party will be asked to sit at the end of an aisle or near an exit. We would appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
    • We are unable to provide childcare facilities at the graduation ceremonies.
  • Live webcast

    Each graduation ceremony is available to watch live on a webcast, giving friends and family the opportunity to watch from anywhere in the world. Watch the live webcast.

    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.

Getting here

Plan your route to getting here for graduation.

Book accommodation

Stay at the Stirling Court Hotel right here on-campus.

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