Graduations are a special time of year for everyone at Edinburgh Napier University. On this page, you'll find everything you need to know about graduation, from how to apply and what happens on the day to how to hire your academic dress and book tickets for guests.

Student celebrating graduation with scroll and flowers

Autumn Graduations

We're delighted to be hosting graduation ceremonies at the Usher Hall on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October.

Graduations are a special time for everyone at the university and we're pleased to be able to celebrate our students' successes in person once again.

The graduation process will open for eligible students to apply to graduate for autumn 2021 on Tuesday 21 September. You cannot apply before this date.

We will send you an email advising you how to apply to graduate, so please watch out for this message.

You can apply to attend your ceremony at the Usher Hall or you can opt to not attend (graduate in absentia).

The closing date to apply for graduation is Wednesday 13 October. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Graduating students will be limited to a maximum number of two guest tickets at the Usher Hall. You will be able to purchase these using the Edinburgh Napier app 24 hours after you have applied to attend your graduation.

Please note that only the graduating student will be able to purchase the tickets and you will be given these on the day of your ceremony at the Usher Hall. Please do not purchase extra tickets as you will not be given these. Please see your graduation confirmation email for further information.

Please be aware that the university reserves the right to cancel the event at any time should changing circumstances related to the global pandemic dictate that this would be in the best interests of our staff, students and their guests.

If you have any further questions about graduations, please email


Ceremony Details


Wednesday 27 October 2021, 2pm

  • The Business School
  • The School of Computing

Thursday 28 October 2021, 11am

  • The School of Applied Sciences
  • The School of Arts & Creative Industries
  • The School of Engineering & the Built Environment
  • The School of Health & Social Care – Bachelor of Nursing (Child Health) F/T only

Thursday 28 October 2021, 4pm

  • The School of Health & Social Care – not including Bachelor of Nursing (Child Health) F/T