Study with us Graduation

We are delighted to announce that winter 2021 graduation ceremonies will take place on campus from 15 to 26 November (inclusive) and here are the details on what you need you to do to attend one of the ceremonies.

Please note: We are also working hard on plans for graduation celebratory events, which will take place in Spring 2022 for our students who graduated in-absentia in 2020 and Summer 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus to celebrate their graduation and we'll be in touch soon.

Before you arrive

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not show symptoms and can spread the virus to others without knowing.

The Scottish Government recommends that everyone carry out tests using a lateral flow device twice a week, and we would strongly encourage you and your guests to test yourselves before attending your graduation ceremony.

You can order a pack of lateral flow kits to be delivered directly to your home or collect them from a local pharmacy.

We also recommend that you download the Protect Scotland app before your visit. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another user who tests positive for COVID19. If you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed, while keeping your information private and anonymous.

When you arrive

You’ll see signage as you enter and throughout the building, telling you the safety measures in place. We won’t take your temperature, but we do ask you not to enter the building if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • continuous cough 
  • high temperature 
  • shortness of breath 
  • loss of taste or sense of smell

It's really important that you check in and out of the venue using the Scottish Government’s Check In Scotland app or web service. QR codes will be available for you to scan as you enter the gowning/photography area in the McCance Building, and then again as you enter the Barony Hall.

NHS Scotland Test & Protect uses data from Check In Scotland and the Protect Scotland app to determine whether close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for COVID19 need to self-isolate. Have a look at the Check In Scotland privacy policy to learn more about how your data will be used and stored.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, face coverings must be worn whenever you’re inside a University building, and this includes the Barony Hall during the graduation ceremony itself, whether you’re seated or standing (unless exempt). Graduates and guests may remove face coverings when eating or drinking at the drinks reception.

Keeping your distance

The University is operating with 1m distancing in all teaching and event spaces, including the Barony Hall, and encourages 2m distancing at points of entry/exit and in corridors.

Signage throughout the venue will remind you of the importance of physical distancing, and will clearly indicate the distance required within each area. One-way routes in busy areas are clearly marked. In quieter shared spaces, signage will ask you to Keep Left or Give Way.

Here to keep you safe

The University has a rigorous regular cleaning schedule in place - all conference spaces and toilets are cleaned overnight, and colleagues from the Cleaning team are on duty until 18:00 each day. Cleaning staff will regularly sanitise high-touch points, such as door handles, banisters, and lift call points - at least hourly, and more frequently during peak periods.

If you’re concerned that you’ve developed symptoms of COVID19 while you’re with us, you should let the organiser know as soon you can. We’ll isolate you from other graduands and guests and get you home or back to your accommodation as quickly as possible.

Remember that our team is there to keep you safe and well-informed. Please don’t be afraid to ask a question or raise a concern - we’re here to help!

Live streaming

All ceremonies will be live streamed to the Graduation pages of our website, Graduation | University of Strathclyde. This will be available for you to view on any mobile device or laptop and will also be shown on the screens in the Student Union on Levels 2 and 3 of the Learning and Teaching Building.

Withdrawing early from your course

If you decide not to progress to the next or final year of your course and instead want to graduate at the upcoming ceremonies, you must tell your Department or School immediately. This way they can update their records and you can be put forward for an award. Graduation enrolment is not confirmation that you intend to withdraw early from your course.

Academic transcript

All graduating students will receive an academic transcript free of charge.

If you're attending one of the graduation ceremonies, you'll be able to collect your academic transcript when you come to collect your guest tickets from the McCance building.

Please note that because academic transcripts contain personal sensitive data you'll need to present valid photographic ID (such as your student card or passport/driving licence) to collect your transcript and guest tickets.

If you're graduating in-absentia, then your academic transcript will posted out to you along with your degree parchment and they will be sent to the address that you provide on your enrolment form. These will be sent after all of the graduation ceremonies have taken place, from 1st December 2021 onwards. These will be posted by Royal Mail to please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery in the UK, longer for non-UK addresses. Please note that these may take slightly longer to be delivered due to the Christmas mail.

Esther Oyewusi, a Strathclyde graduate, alongside a piper at graduation ceremony
It felt absolutely great [to graduate]! My hard work and achievement were acknowledged.
Esther Oyewusi
Industrial Biotechnology (MSc) graduate