Katie’s Guide to Preparing for Graduation

It has been a while since I graduated from RGU with fond memories as a student. But with the winter graduation coming up, it is time for our upcoming graduates to prepare. Here are a 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.

Through one of these two methods, you can sign up and request for your tickets. You will be allocated two tickets per graduate but you can always request more. Your request will be considered based on the final attendance numbers . RGU has now removed graduation fees so that is no longer in your way.

Dress for the occasion

You must wear full academic dress for the ceremony in order to gain access to the graduation auditorium.

This consists of 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. Graduation is a formal occasion and an appropriate standard of dress is required. 

  • 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

When ordering your gown, you have to enter your measurements so make sure you get it done in plenty of time. The type of academic dress you need depends on your degree, this can be found on the RGU website too. Gown hire will open two hours before the start of the first ceremony each day. You can collect your gown at the Boys Brigade Hall in Crimon Place, just a few minutes’ walk from the Music Hall.


Apart from students snapping pictures with their friends and family, offical photography will take place in the same location as gown collection – Boy’s Brigade Hall, Crimon Place, Aberdeen. Photography can get busy before and after graduation ceremonies.

Your individual and / or family photographs are displayed on screen for your approval before being saved. When selection is completed, you are given a receipt to keep with your image reference number. Be sure to get plenty photos with your friends. Beware of the flying caps though!

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:

Do you have an interesting ‘student journey’ story to tell? Make sure you get in touch with the Communications Office by emailing newsdesk@rgu.ac.uk

Find out what the Alumni Network, Library Service and Careers Centre can offer you.

Additional info can be found on the website!

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 so we can see your photos too.

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


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