Guide to Preparing for Graduation

This winter marks the first RGU in-person graduation ceremonies since 2019, taking place on the 7th & 8th December, at the Music Hall, Aberdeen. If you are going to be graduating this winter we have some top tips to help you make the most out of your day.

With the ceremonies just around the corner you should have registered to either indicate you would like to attend the ceremony, or that you wish to graduate in absentia. You can find a full list of the ceremonies times and dates by School on the RGU website.

Here is our guide to what else you need to consider before the big day:

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, which includes 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. As this is a formal event an appropriate standard of dress is required.

  • Black or white dress or, blouse and skirt or trousers.
  • Dark suit and white shirt
  • National dress (for example the kilt, with any style of jacket)

If you are planning to wear high heels make sure that you are comfortable in them and can walk in them confidently.

Where do I collect my Gown Hire?

You can collect your academic dress through Ede & Ravenscroft, from Hebron Church, Summer Street, Aberdeen

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

Depending on the level of course you are graduating from, your academic dress may differ. Find out more on the RGU website.

COVID Safety Procedures

As the graduation ceremonies are large events, we must be mindful that attending a large event during the pandemic comes with the added responsibility of looking after your fellow graduates’, guests’, and your own wellbeing.

Prior to the ceremony, RGU ask that everyone undertake a lateral flow test and only attend if the result is negative. Lateral flow tests can be picked up for free on-campus from the following locations:

  • Ishbel Gordon Building’s Student Help Point
  • Gray’s Art Shop
  • The Central Services building’s reception.

Lateral flow tests can also be ordered for free from NHS Inform. Find out more information on the RGU Covid FAQ webpages.

The Music Hall has put in place some health and safety measures to help you ensure your peers, family, and friends have the most enjoyable and safest experience possible.

Everyone entering the Music Hall will need to wear a face mask, unless exempt. This includes the stage party with the following exceptions:

  • Face masks can be removed when speaking/presenting on stage
  • Graduates can remove their face masks when they cross the stage to receive their award, but must replace them when leaving the stage

In line with current Government guidance, everyone is requested to scan the Test & Protect QR codes when entering the Music Hall.


Graduation photography can be found at Hebron Church, Summer Street, Aberdeen, just a few minutes’ walk from the Music Hall (the same location as your gown hire).

Marston Photography are offering professional portrait photography of you and/or with your family and friends. They also capture you ‘on stage’ as you are presented with your award. Find out more about photography packages on the RGU website.

We love to see your photos from your celebrations. Please make sure you tag @robertgordonuni on Instagram or mention us on LinkedIn so we can celebrate with you. Who knows we may even be in touch to share your photo on our social media!

Please note we encourage you not to post a photo of your degree certificate online. Your certificate should be treated as personal and private documents like your passport.

Video and Livestreaming

For friends and family unable to attend the ceremony, they don’t have to miss out. RGU will be live streaming the graduation ceremonies as they happen. The live streaming link will be available on the RGU website.

Your special moment of crossing the stage will also be captured by StageClip, and the Alumni team are gifting graduates with your own personalised clip. This will be available to download after the ceremony allowing you to relive that special moment over and over again. Find out more on the RGU website.

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. Not only will restaurants be busy with so many students graduating, but COVID procedures may impact on seating availability too.

Photo Spots on Campus

If you are planning on visiting the RGU campus on the day of your graduation, we have a few photo spots we can recommend to take your special Insta shots at!

Our favourite places are our rainbow staircase next to our Sir Ian Wood Building, down by the River Dee, outside the Sir Ian Wood Building and of course outside the building you were taught in.

Lastly make sure you arrive to your ceremony on time. Please ensure you arrive at the Music Hall 30 – 60 minutes before your ceremony starts.

We hope you have an amazing day celebrating your achievements at RGU. For all the information you need about the graduation ceremonies visit – 

Related Blogs:

Walking the Stage: Thoughts before Graduation – RGU Student Blog

A leap of faith: Doing a Master’s degree at RGU – RGU Student Blog