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  Applying for Graduation

Read over your three graduation options.

The application process for the autumn graduations will close today Wednesday 17 October 2018. 

You will receive an email inviting you to apply for graduation. If you do not receive an email, but intend to graduate please contact 

If you are intending to exit with an award in Year 3 and not continue to Honours, please remember to inform your School Office that you wish to exit in addition to applying so that they can process your award.

Attend the ceremony

​You must apply to graduate to attend the graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall. The cost to attend is £11 per person and you must remember to book a ticket for yourself and for all of your guests. You can book tickets for up to three guests.  If you would like additional tickets, visit our Tickets page for more information. 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)

You need to apply to Graduate In Absentia and to get your parchment sent by post after the ceremony. There is no cost to graduate In Absentia.  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.

If you are planning to change address, please remember to inform Student Administration by calling 0131 455 2535 or emailing If you would prefer to collect your parchment in person please email Student Administration at Parchments will be ready to collect approximately one week after the  ceremony and you will be advised when your parchment is ready to collect. 

Defer until the next graduation ceremony

You may attend the graduation ceremony in July 2019 if you prefer, just email to let us know. If you defer your graduation, your graduation date will be changed to the date of the next ceremony and please note that you will not be able to receive your parchment until that date. The opportunity to defer is only offered once.

Mobility/Special Arrangements 

During the graduation application process you will have been asked if you or your guests have any mobility or other special requirements. If you confirmed that this is the case, a member of staff from the Student Administration team may be in touch to discuss what suitable arrangements can be made.

Cancellation of registration 

Please inform Student Administration if you intend to cancel your graduation. Please note that tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Data Protection

Please read our Privacy Notice​​ which explains how your data will be used.

Graduate Outcomes Survey

The Graduate Outcomes Survey is undertaken by all publicly-funded Higher Education Institutions.  Leavers are contacted approximately fifteen months after they leave the institution to find out what they are doing.  We are proud of all our graduates and we would like to know what you decide to do next.  We would be grateful if you could spare a few moments to complete this survey when you are contacted, by taking part you will be helping provide current and prospective students with an accurate picture of employment rated among Edinburgh Napier graduates.

Extra financial support

After all of your hard work, graduating is the last step at Edinburgh Napier University. Graduating does come at a small cost, but if you are in financial difficulty then the Student Funding Team​ may be able to help with graduation costs.

If you are from the UK, have taken out a full student loan and have explored all other funding options, including taking out an overdraft then the discretionary fund may be able to help. You can apply to the Discretionary Fund for help toward your graduation costs. Please visit the Discretionary Fund​ page for more information on how to apply to the Discretionary Fund.

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