On the day

Find out everything you need to know about what happens on the day of your graduation ceremony.
 
 

Ceremony

The auditorium will open one hour before the start of the ceremony. All guests and graduands must be seated at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Processions

The Academic Procession and the Chancellor’s Procession enter the auditorium. The assembly stands for the processions and should remain standing until the Chancellor gives the signal to sit.

The Ceremony opens

The Chancellor of the University will declare the ceremony open and deliver his opening address. This will be followed by a Vote of Thanks from the Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association President.

Any Honorary awards will then be presented to the Chancellor.

The conferment of Student Awards 

Act of Conferment - The Chancellor confers the awards on graduates who are in the Usher Hall and in absentia for those graduates who are unable to attend.

Vice-Chancellor’s speech from Professor Andrea Nolan.

The ceremony ends

The Chancellor’s speech and the Chancellor declares the ceremony closed. The assembly stands as the processions exit the auditorium.

 
 

Breakdown by Ceremony

 Activity   11am Ceremony   Location 
 Arrival  Doors open to graduands at 8.30am  Usher Hall, Main Foyer 
 Graduand Registration   Registration opens at 8.30am and you must be registered by 10.30am at the latest   Usher Hall, Main Foyer
 Graduands collect their academic gown   Opens at 8.30am and you must collect your gown by 10.30am  Usher Hall, Upper Circle 
 Graduation Photography  Photography studios will open at 8.30am and close at 6pm  Sheraton Grand Hotel (opposite the Usher Hall) 
 All guests and students should be seated   Graduands and guests must be seated by 10.40am  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony commences  11am  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony ends  12.30pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 Graduates return their academic gown  Until 6pm  Usher Hall, Upper Circle

 Activity   2pm Ceremony   Location 
 Arrival  Doors open to graduands at 11.30am  Usher Hall, Main Foyer 
 Graduand Registration   Registration opens at 11.30am and you must be registered by 1.30pm at the latest   Usher Hall, Main Foyer
 Graduands collect their academic gown   Opens at 11.30am and you must collect your gown by 1.30pm  Usher Hall, Upper Circle 
 Graduation Photography  Photography studios will open at 11.30am and close at 6pm  Sheraton Grand Hotel (opposite the Usher Hall) 
 All guests and students should be seated   Graduands and guests must be seated by 1.40pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony commences  2pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony ends  3.30pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 Graduates return their academic gown  Until 6pm  Usher Hall, Upper Circle

 Activity   4pm Ceremony   Location 
 Arrival  Doors open to graduands at 1.30pm  Usher Hall, Main Foyer 
 Graduand Registration   Registration opens at 1.30pm and you must be registered by 3.30pm at the latest   Usher Hall, Main Foyer
 Graduands collect their academic gown   Opens at 1.30pm and you must collect your gown by 3.30pm  Usher Hall, Upper Circle 
 Graduation Photography  Photography studios will open at 1.30pm and close at 6pm  Sheraton Grand Hotel (opposite the Usher Hall) 
 All guests and students should be seated   Graduands and guests must be seated by 3.40pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony commences  4pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 The graduation ceremony ends  5.30pm  Usher Hall, Auditorium
 Graduates return their academic gown  Until 6pm  Usher Hall, Upper Circle