Graduation 2020

We intend to post certificates to Graduates of 2020 at the end of July.

As you will be aware, it was with great regret that the University had to postpone the Graduation ceremonies for the graduates of 2020 due to the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now able to advise of the rescheduling of this important event, and of a number of other activities in celebration of the achievements of this year’s graduates.  


Graduates of 2020

Graduates of 2020 will be invited to attend a Graduation celebration with their family and friends at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on Tuesday 13th July 2021.  Detailed timings are being worked out, but you can hold the date now.

While the Graduation ceremonies planned for Friday 10th July 2020 at the Usher Hall have been cancelled, a range of online content will be published on the University website on that day ie Friday 10th July 2020, to mark the success of our 2020 graduating cohort.  This will include video messages from our Chancellor Prue Leith; from Sir Paul Grice, Principal and Vice Chancellor; from Chiara Menozzi, Student President and from a number of graduating students.

Lists of our July 2020 graduates will be published on the University website on 10th July, and published in the Scotsman and Herald newspapers on Monday 13th July 2020. The deadline for ordering the Herald Souvenir Graduation edition is Friday 10th July - you can order your copy by visiting

Award recommendations will be confirmed at Senate on 1st July 2020. This means that all students eligible to graduate will be considered as having had their degrees conferred on that date, making them graduates of the University from that date.

Award certificates and final academic transcripts will be issued to graduating students by post in July 2020. All graduating students will be sent an email from the Graduation Office at the end of June 2020 with further details on this process.


Graduation 2021

In order to accommodate celebrations and ceremonies for the 2020 and 2021 graduating cohorts, we are hosting events over 2 days at the Usher Hall in July 2021.

  • Graduation ceremonies for those eligible to graduate in 2021 will be held on Wednesday, 14th July 2021 (previously published as 6th July 2021).
  • As noted above, a Graduation celebration for graduates of 2020 will be held on Tuesday, 13th July 2021.


Graduation Reception 2021

Graduates from both the 2020 and 2021 cohorts will be invited to attend a reception on campus with their family and friends at 5pm on Wednesday 14th July 2021.

Please be aware that these plans may be subject to further change dependent on Scottish Government advice around COVID-19 restrictions.


We very much look forward to celebrating the success of our students in July 2020 and in July 2021.  We will, of course, be writing to our graduating students direct about all of the arrangements set out above.   

Should you have any queries regarding Graduation, please contact


In 2021, the Graduation Ceremony will take place on DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

Graduation Enquiries

For information or enquiries relating to graduation please get in touch.

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