Graduation postponement

Published on 23 March 2020

With great sadness we have taken the decision to postpone this summer’s June Graduation ceremonies

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Dear students,

With great sadness we have had to take the decision to postpone this summer’s June Graduation ceremonies. I am sure that you will understand that the continuing crisis around the COVID-19 outbreak leaves us with no other choice, but it is still one that is very hard to make.

Graduation is always a highlight of the University year. The fact we will not be able to hold ceremonies in June will come as a great disappointment to many across the University community, particularly students and your families.

We want to stress that we will still be awarding degrees in June as usual and those of you due to do so will become graduates of the University then. Indeed, one of our top priorities at the moment is to ensure those of you nearing the end of your final year can complete your course and gain your degree. Your School and our Professional Services are working hard to support you in this.

We are not completely cancelling your Graduation. Our intention is to arrange future ceremonies where you can still experience the joy of crossing the stage of the Caird Hall, to formally receive your degree in front of your fellow graduates and families. We cannot yet say when these may take place as the global situation remains so difficult, but we will give plenty of advance notice when we are able to organise ceremonies for you.

We have also had to take the similarly difficult decision to postpone this year’s Degree Show for Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and our Architecture students.

We are conscious families will have been making plans to attend these events, some coming from far around the world, and that is why we have taken this decision now, to allow you to cancel any plans that had been made to attend in June. We hope to see all of you here at some other point in the future.

We are continuing to work on many aspects of University activity as we have had to move to online provision of teaching and assessments. If you have any queries relating to your studies please do contact your School.


Professor David Maguire
Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Dr Jim McGeorge
University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer


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