Guide to Preparing for Graduation

It has been a while since I graduated from RGU with fond memories as a student. But with the summer graduation around the corner, it is time for our upcoming graduates to prepare. Here are some details to help you prepare for your big day.


I’m sure all of you will have received the email about registering for graduation. You will find it in your student email and possibly in your private email address. If not, you can find more information about registration on the RGU website.

Dress for the occasion

You will want to be dressed to the nines for a day as special as this one. This will consist of full academic dress.

This will be a gown, hood and (in most cases) a cap. Academic dress is available for hire from Ede & Ravenscroft who are the University’s Official gown supplier.  

  • Dress option one – black or white dress or, blouse and skirt or trousers.
  • Dress option two – dark suit and white shirt.
  • Dress option three – national dress (for example the kilt, with any style of jacket).

It is important that you start looking for a graduation outfit soon! As for heels, if you are planning to wear high heels make sure that you are comfortable in them.

Gown Hire

Graduation academic dress can be hired through Ede & Ravenscroft, and directly collected from the P&J Live on the day.

You can contact Ede & Ravencroft:

  • By calling direct on 01223 861854 09:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday.
  • Facilities for the deaf and hard of hearing or those with speech impairment are available using your textphone – dial 18001 01223 861854 to access the RNID Typetalk System.

For the morning ceremonies, gowns can be collected from 08:30 and for the afternoon ceremony, gowns can be collected from 12:30.


The photographers at the event will take a professional portrait of you and/or with your family and friends. They also capture you ‘on stage’ as you are presented with your award, which can be added to your photography package in advance or can be purchased after the ceremony from Marston Photography.

Graduation photography is located at the same location as gown collection. The photography and gown hire will open two hours before the start of each ceremony.

Graduation Meal

If you are planning to celebrate afterwards with friends and family and you are looking for somewhere to go for a special occasion meal you should book as soon as possible. Restaurants might get fully booked on that day, especially in Aberdeen city centre! I booked about a month before just to be sure as I will be having a big family meal that night. 


Prepare everything you need for graduation and make sure you are on time – you should aim to at least be 1 hour early.

Other things that you might be interested in:

Keep an eye out for the RGU social media team who will be taking photos for the RGU Instagram. During the ceremony days, don’t forget to use #RGU and tag us on Instagram @robertgordonuni so we can see your photos too.

I hope everyone is proud of their results and is looking forward to graduation!

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