How to make the most of a RGU Virtual Graduation

Graduation is such an important part of student life, it is the day when you are awarded for all the hard work you have put into your studies. But because of the pandemic, like everything else, graduation will be happening virtually this year. It’s not ideal but here are some ways in which you can make the most out of your virtual graduation.

Getting ready

Virtual Graduation at RGU

Just because the event is virtual, it does not mean that you won’t have to make any preparations.

To make this virtual graduation ceremony exciting RGU has partnered with Stage Clip.


During the ceremony, every student who graduates will have their name and degree appear on screen. Stage Clip have helped make this experience more exciting by giving the students an opportunity to add a written message, a photo, a video, or a combination of all three. You can do this by following the instructions in the email sent by Stage Clip.

If you are adding a photo or video, then we’d recommend using the RGU branded Facebook and Instagram filter, with hat and gown. These filters can be accessed by mobile devices. Watch our summer graduation highlights to see how our previous graduates made use of this feature.

Remember, you have only until the 9th of July 2021 to submit your content! So what are you waiting for? Start shooting your DIY Grad content. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Tips for the perfect DIY Graduation content

Getting a perfect grad picture is a MUST, even with a virtual ceremony. It is important that you indulge in pre-graduation preparations to keep your spirits up, especially during this time.

All you need is a tripod (or a pile of books), camera and a graduation outfit. You also can hire a graduation gown for seven days at Ede and Ravenscroft who will post it to your doorstep! Find more information about this on the RGU website.

Put up some balloons in your backyard, get your gown on and get posing!

On a clear day, why not try doing your own grad photoshoot outside RGU?! There are some stunning views on campus and we are sure you can get some amazing pictures with natural lighting! It is a bit chilly now though so remember those earmuffs and gloves!

Don’t forget to tag RGU and use #RGUGrad on your social media posts.

To help commemorate your graduation, we are delighted to offer summer 2021 graduates the opportunity to book professional on-campus photography sessions among the visually stunning interiors of the Sir Ian Wood Building.

For 14 and 15 July, students will be able to book a time to have their photograph taken by professional photographers in the Sir Ian Wood building on the Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen.

For more information, visit the website – www.rgu.ac.uk/events/graduation.

Watching the Virtual Graduation ceremonies

All students must keep an eye on their inbox for emails with the links to watch their school’s graduation ceremony. Remember that all twelve ceremonies will be running at the same time on the same time i.e. Friday 16 July at 11.00 BST. So it is important that you check that you are watching the right one.

You can share the ceremony link with your family and friends. Anyone can watch the RGU virtual graduation ceremonies wherever they are. If you are away from your family and can’t watch with them in person, it would be great to set up a zoom call with them so you can celebrate together virtually.

After the ceremonies, every graduate will receive a short personalised video clip. This will even better if you decide to add your DIY Graduation content. *hint hint*

Celebrating afterwards

Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in your city, there are many ways you can celebrate your graduation. If you live in Aberdeen, according to the current regulations in the city, a maximum of twelve people from twelve households are allowed to meet in public spaces. Most of the restaurants are open for dining, so it is still possible for you to go for a small celebration meal.

Another idea would be to order in a fancy meal, organise a zoom call with your friends or classmates and celebrate virtually.

In conclusion, remember that you have graduated this year amidst a pandemic and crossing all the other curveballs life has thrown at you. It is important to reward yourself for that. All of us here at RGU are so proud of you!

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021!

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