The date of our 2018 graduation ceremonies will be announced in due course.

Apply to Attend the Ceremony

The ceremony takes place at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

Please return the Graduation Ceremony Reply Form as soon as possible. Students are expected to read all the information closely and return the required forms promptly. Failure to return the forms may mean that a student cannot attend the Ceremony.

Attending graduates are allocated three guest tickets. Graduates will collect their own allocated seat ticket upon check-in at the venue.

Graduation Reply Form

Graduation Fee

There is a mandatory graduation fee of £45 that should be paid in one of the following ways:

  • By online Paypal payment via the link in the confirmation email you received after submitting your Graduation Reply form.
  • By cheque or postal order (made payable to ‘Queen Margaret University’) along with your reply slip
  • By credit or debit card over the phone with QMU’s Finance Department (0131 474 0000)

Those graduating in absentia must also pay this fee.

On the Day

Graduates are expected to arrive at least one hour before the ceremony to allow time to check-in, collect their robes and prepare for the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the venue graduates should check-in by speaking to QMU staff. Graduates will receive a ticket showing their own seat allocation. Under no circumstances should graduates change places or seats.

All graduates must be robed and seated at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Graduates arriving after the beginning of the ceremony will not be allowed to take part.

During the ceremony, attending graduates receive their certificate as they exit the stage.

Dressing for the Occasion

All graduates must wear the proper gown along with their appropriate academic dress. Gowns should be booked through Ede & Ravenscroft www.gownhire.co.uk

Reserved robes can be collected at the venue before the ceremony and should be returned the same day, either to the Usher Hall or at the QMU campus where the reception is held.

Men – A gown (see academic dress webpage). Dark coloured clothes with a white collar and a tie, or normal or full evening Highland dress, or appropriate equivalent garments of regional, national or religious derivation.

Women – A gown (see academic dress webpage). Sleeved black or white dresses, or black or white blouses and dark skirts or trousers, or appropriate equivalent of regional, national or religious derivation.

Tickets for you and your Guests

Attending graduates are allocated three guest tickets. Graduates will collect their own allocated seat ticket upon check-in at the venue.

Please note that there are unlikely to be extra tickets available for the Ceremony.

Guest tickets will be emailed to attendees approximately one week before the ceremony to the email address they have indicated on their Graduation Reply Slip.

Please note that due to capacity constraints entry to the reception is limited to four tickets, one for the graduand and up to three for their guests.

Photography

Graduates can arrange professional photography with Ede & Ravenscroft www.edeandravenscroft.com Graduates wishing to attend the photographer prior to the Ceremony are reminded they must be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Photographers will be present before and after the ceremony at The Royal Lyceum Theatre (adjacent to the Graduation venue).

Photographers will also be in attendance at the Reception held at Queen Margaret University from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Filming the Ceremony

Orders for the Graduation DVD should be placed using the form below. If you have any queries regarding the Graduation DVD, please contact Media Services on 0131 474 0000.

Graduation DVDs

Graduates should remind guests that video recording equipment is NOT permitted within the hall.

Data Protection

Graduates, guests and staff should be aware that graduation ceremonies are regarded as public events. Names and awards of graduates (including those graduating in absentia) are published in the graduation programme and local press. Audio and visual images of the Ceremony are publicly available through the sale of Graduation DVDs. If you object to publication of your personal data (name and award) you should inform the Assistant Secretary (June Ross jross@qmu.ac.uk) at least three weeks before the ceremony.

Graduates should remind guests that video recording equipment is NOT permitted within the hall.

Celebratory Reception after the Ceremony

QMU Campus, 11 July 2017, 5pm.

Graduates are warmly invited to celebrate their academic achievements at the QMU Graduation Reception. The reception starts at 5pm.

Upon arrival at the campus, you and your guests will be greeted in the traditional Scottish manner by a pipe band. Within the atrium you can mingle with friends and academic staff whilst enjoying complimentary sparkling wine and canapés . A selection of non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

The Campus will be fully open allowing you to take your guests on a tour highlighting the unique learning environment. Ede & Ravenscroft photographers will be in attendance for those who wish to preserve their graduation day memories. In addition, graduation robes can be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft at the campus following the reception.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests in celebrating your achievement.

Outstanding Debts

If you have any outstanding debts with the University or any unreturned library books you will not be eligible to attend the Ceremony until the debt has been cleared or the Library books have been returned. Please contact the Finance Department or the LRC if this affects you. All debts/books must be paid/returned at least 21 days before the Ceremony.

Wording on your Certificate

Your certificate will be printed with your full official name as recorded on your student record. In the event of a change of name being requested, the University reserves the right to request proof of identity. Please therefore forward copies of any documents which you consider relevant. Changes to names cannot be accepted after your award has been ratified by Senate.

Graduation Enquiries

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

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