University of dundee garden party

University of dundee garden party

Graduation Garden Party

Your Garden Party will take place on Campus Green from 4pm – 7pm on the day of your Graduation and will feature fizz, strawberry tarts, live entertainment and more.

Each graduate is gifted a ticket and additional tickets, at £10 each, can be purchased when completing the Graduation Task. At the end of this task, you can make a payment through our online payment facility (Eventbrite).  Alternatively,  tickets for your family and friends can also be purchased from the Enquiry Centre, the Premier Shop and Ninewells Kiosk.

Tickets will be on sale in these venues until Friday 16th June 2017 and thereafter on the door on the day.  Under 12s are free.

The Ceremony – On The Day

What happens at the ceremony itself?

Caird Hall

One of the most magnificent halls in Scotland provides the venue for Dundee University Graduation Ceremonies. Visit the Caird Hall website for venue information and access information. Also see Disabled access to the Caird Hall.

Need Somewhere to Stay?

There is a large choice of accommodation in Dundee. Dundee is also close to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland and excellent local transport means you can widen the area where you stay.

Visit Scotland provides suggestions for tourists and also accommodation.

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Official Photographers

The University’s official photographers are Ede and Ravenscroft, they will be the only photographers in attendance at the Caird Hall.


Photography queues on Graduation day can be lengthy and as this is a day for you to spend celebrating with your family and friends, Ede and Ravenscroft have decided to open photography studios each afternoon (including Tuesday 20 June for those graduating on Wednesday) from 16:00-18:00 in the Marryat Hall, within the Caird Hall. This means you can pick up your gown, exchange your eVouchers and have your photographs taken at the same time. You will have to wear your graduation outfit for the photographs but will leave Graduation day free to spend with the people that are important to you.

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Finding your allocated seat

You should be gowned and ready to pick up your place ticket 60 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. Place tickets are issued in the Marryat Hall. There is a separate table for each School/College and you should queue up in front of the appropriate table to receive your ticket. You will also be able to pick up a graduation programme. We will stop issuing tickets 30 minutes before the ceremony; your punctuality is therefore vital. Only ticket holders will be allowed to graduate in person; late-comers will not be passed before the Chancellor to be capped and will instead have their degrees conferred upon them in absence.

Your ticket will identify the seat number which you have been allocated. When you have received this ticket, you should make your way into the Caird Hall where University staff will help you find the seat reserved for you. It is very important that you do not move from this seat until you are conducted to the stage. Do not change places with anyone for any reason and do not close any gaps. Please hold on to your ticket and produce it if required to do so by a University officer.

Procedure at graduation for first degree graduands and non-doctoral Higher degree graduands

At the appropriate time graduands who are graduating with a first degree or with a non-doctoral Higher degree will be led, a row at a time, towards the platform. Your name will be checked by one University Marshal at the top of the stairs and by a second Marshal on the platform. Then, when your name is called out by your Head of School/College, you should approach the Chancellor, turn to face him and incline your head to be capped. You should not kneel to be capped, nor should you shake hands with the Chancellor.

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Procedure at graduation for doctoral Higher degree graduands

Doctoral graduands should not wear their hood but should instead carry it over their right arm. You will be ushered to the platform. When your name is called, you should approach the Chancellor. The Bedellus will take your hood from you. You should turn to face the Chancellor and incline your head to be capped. The Bedellus will then place your hood over your head.

Collecting your degree certificate and returning to your seat

After you have been capped, you should simply continue across the stage and out through the door on the far side. This door leads to the south corridor where you will receive your degree certificate if you don’t have it already. Thereafter, you will be guided back into the Caird Hall through the South Central door. You should then return to your original seat.

Close of ceremony

When the Chancellor declares the ceremony closed, the platform party will leave the stage and process down the centre aisle leaving the hall through the north side centre aisle doors. New graduates should join the rear of the procession (on instruction by University marshals) and exit into City Square. Please do not leave the procession until you reach City Square.

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Exams and Graduation Office
6 Airlie Place,
University of Dundee,
 +44 (0)1382 385107
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