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Graduation timetable

17 November 2022, 10:00

  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

17 November 2022, 14:30

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Business

18 November 2022, 10:00

  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Health Sciences

University of Dundee Graduation facts

The University Mace

Symbolic of the University and its history, the ceremonial mace has been present at every graduation ceremony since it was presented to what was then University College Dundee (UCD) in 1912.

Learn more about the University Mace

Graduation Bonnet

The cap with which the Chancellor symbolically confers degrees is a traditional Dundee bonnet - spun, woven, dyed and embroidered for the University by the Dundee Bonnetmakers Craft - and first used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the first Chancellor of the University from 1967 to 1977, at the 1971 Graduation Ceremony.

Academic Procession

University processions traditionally enter in reverse order of seniority, led by the officers of the Students Association, with the City mace preceding the Lord Provost and the University mace preceding the Chancellor.  At the end of the ceremony the procession leaves the Hall this time in true order of seniority led by the University mace and the Chancellor and joined by the new graduates in token of their accession to the academic community.


The Gaudeamus is played as the Chancellor's Procession enters the Hall.  It is a well-known student song of German origin traditionally sung in Universities throughout Europe.

Gaudeamus igitur, juvenes dum sumus:
Post jucundam juventutem, post molestam senectutem
Nos habebit humus, nos habebit humus

Vivat Academia, vivant Professores,
Vivat membrum quodlibet, vivant membra quaelibet,
Semper sint in flore, semper sint in flore!

Pereat tristitia, pereant osores,
Pereat diabolus, quivis antiburschius,
Atque irrisores, atque irrisores!

An approximate translation might be:

“Let us rejoice while we are young:
after the joys of youth and the troubles of age
we shall return to the earth

Long live the University
Long live the Professors,
Long live each member, may they always flourish!
Perish sadness, perish the mockers.
perish the devil
and all those who hate students!”

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