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Frequently Asked Questions

Please take some time to read some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about what you need to do to prepare for the ceremony and during the ceremony.

Before the day

If you have successfully completed a full HNC award (Level 7) or any qualification above this level, (HND, BA, BA (Hons), BA/Diploma Higher Education or PDA), you are eligible to attend graduation.

If you have completed one level of HN qualification and have progressed to the next level at Glasgow Clyde College, for example from HNC to HND or from HNC to BA/Diploma Higher Education, and are therefore a current student, you will be invited to attend once you have completed your studies with us.

Congratulations on successfully completing your course. You now need to let us know that you will be attending the ceremony. 



Make sure you have your student reference to hand (it is on your letter) and visit our website to register here:

When you register, you should also let us know if you have any accessibility requests and if you require any guest tickets.

You need to register by 8am on Sunday 22 October 2023.

Glasgow Clyde College makes every effort to ensure all eligilbe students are invited to attend.

However, if you think there has been an error and you should be invited to attend, please email

We do not charge you to attend. The only cost you will incur is the £25.00 hire cost of an academic gown. You can purchase photography, however this is not compulsory.

Yes, if you are eligible to graduate but are unable to attend on the day, we can arrange to post your commemorative certificate to you.

Just contact us with your details by emailing 

The industrial action by EIS-FELA will come to an end on 13 October.  Members of teaching staff will therefore input results over the coming weeks and SQA will be issuing certificates asap.

Hiring a Gown

Yes, you need to wear a gown on the day.

The gown hire company is called Ede & Ravenscroft. When you are registering to attend online, a link to will be provided to enable you to book an academic gown. You will be able to order your gown online.

The cost will be £25.00.

You should hire a gown prior to the event, however, limited stock will be available on the day at a higher cost.

When you place your order with Ede & Ravenscroft you will be asked for the name of the course you studied, e.g. HND Social Sciences. Ede & Ravenscroft will know which hood you need.

No. You’re paying to hire the academic gown for the duration of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony return your gown to the collection point in the Hunter Halls.

Yes, you can pay for a gown and photography on the day.

A limited stock of gowns will be available on the day to hire at a higher cost of £30.00. 

Gown hire will be a cash only payment. However, for photography cash and cards will be accepted.

Graduation ceremonies are a formal, ceremonial occasion and you should therefore wear appropriate smart, formal clothing.

We recommend black skirt/trousers and a white shirt/blouse – the buttons will help hold your academic hood in place. However, a safety pin is a handy addition.

Some students prefer to wear their national dress.


No, however we ensure there is a company available to provide this service for you and your family. It is up to you if you wish to take advantage of it.  

Any questions about this service should be directed to the photography company, who will be happy to help you.

If you wish to book photography, please visit Ede and Ravenscroft

The College will have a photographer documenting the day, these images will be used in the College social media platforms. 

During the online registration process, please let us know if you or your guests would not like to appear in any photography.

Please note this may involve you not sitting with your class group during the ceremony and your guests being allocated seating within the Bute Hall. 

Plan your Journey

If you are not sure how to get to the University of Glasgow, don't leave it to the last minute to work out how you will travel there. 

The address is:

University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

The ceremony is taking place in Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow.


Travel by Car

  • General parking is unavailable within the University of Glasgow grounds.
  • Limited disabled spaces are available within the University of Glasgow grounds.
  • Parking is restricted in the surrounding streets.


Public Transport 

If you are using public transport, please plan your journey and give yourself plenty of time to arrive. 


Plan your journey by bus here


Plan your journey by train here


Plan your journey by subway here

Further details about travelling to the University of Glasgow can be found at

On the day of the Ceremony

The ceremony usually lasts for around an hour and a half, we recommend you and your guests visit the bathroom before being seated.

We would also recommend bringing a bottle of water with you to keep hydrated.

On the day there are a few things you need to do before the ceremony, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to enable you to register, collect your gown and have any photography taken (if ordered) before the ceremony begins.

You collect your gown and hood from Ede & Ravenscroft in the Hunter Halls.

You will return your gown and hood here too.

Being on time is essential. If you’re late, you will not be able to participate, as the final list of student names will already have been passed to the person presenting the awards on stage.

You are strongly advised to be at the University of Glasgow at least an hour before your ceremony, to enable you to have enough time to register and collect your gown.

All lecturing staff are invited to attend the ceremony.

You will receive a scroll tube from our Principal but you will not be expected to shake hands unless you wish to do so.

If you would rather not shake hands with the Principal, please let our registration staff know when you arrive.

No, this is issued directly to you from SQA. You will be presented with a Glasgow Clyde College Commemorative Certificate.  

During the ceremony you will hear from the Principal, the Chair of the Board of Management and from a guest speaker.

You will be asked to leave your seat and will be directed to collect your scroll from the Principal on the stage at the front of the hall. You will then walk to the back of the hall to collect your commemorative certificate and will then return to your seat.

You will be seated with your course, in alphabetical surname order.

Yes, guests are welcome to take photographs during the ceremony.  T

No there is nowhere for you to securely store personal belongings.

We recommend that you limit the number and size of items that you bring with you on the day. 

Information for Guests

As part of your invitation you are allocated up to two guest tickets. During online registration, you will be able to order your guest tickets and these will be posted to you week commencing 23 October 2023.

Each student is automatically allocated a seat so you don’t need to order a ticket for yourself.

Additional tickets may be available on a first come, first served basis. Once registration closes, everyone who registered to attend the ceremony and requested additional tickets will be entered into a ballot. If you are successful, you will receive these tickets the week commencing 23 October 2023. 

On the day, for entry to the ceremony, guests must produce tickets. 

Please note that access to seating in the upstairs gallery is unsuitable for those with mobility or relevant access issues.

The ceremony is a long and formal occasion and we have found that even well-behaved children find it difficult to cope with this and to remain quiet throughout the ceremony. Therefore we advise that the ceremony is not suitable for children under five years of age. 

If children do become restless we ask that parents/carers tend to them outside the hall. Children must sit with a guest and cannot sit with students.  Children do not require a guest ticket if they are able to sit on the knee of an adult who is in possession of a guest ticket.  Otherwise you will need to use one of your two guest tickets for the child, so they can sit in their own seat. 

Your guests are welcome to join you during registration, photography and while you are collecting your gown. They can also wait for you in Bute Hall.

Please remember that all students must be seated half an hour before the ceremony starts. Guests must be seated by fifteen minutes before the ceremony starts.


The University of Glasgow is accessible to all. The Bute Hall is not on the ground floor and is accessed by stairs or by a lift.

The balcony of the Bute Hall is not accessible to those with mobility or relevant access issues or wheelchair users. Guests with mobility or relevant access issues should arrive early to get seated on the ground floor of the Bute Hall.

If you need any additional support, please email by Wednesday 25 October 2023.

Yes, BSL interpreters will be present during the ceremony.

Yes - Guide Dogs are allowed in the Bute Hall.

Health and Safety

Yes, there will be fire drill instructions before the ceremony.