Graduation ceremonies postponed until 2021

June 16, 2020

North East Scotland College graduation ceremonies due to take place this autumn have been postponed due to ongoing restrictions on public gatherings.

The College continues to follow national guidance on measures in place due to Coronavirus and has taken the decision based on current advice.

The ceremonies, which would usually be held in Fraserburgh in September and Aberdeen in October, will not take place in 2020. Students due to take part will instead be invited to join the 2021 events.

Principal Neil Cowie said: “Recognising the achievements of our students is a fundamental part of College life and we are determined to ensure everyone has the opportunity to mark the successful completion of their course in a fitting way.

“It will naturally be disappointing for those who are not able to mark the occasion this year – but we hope to see as many students as possible from the class of 2020 when the ceremonies return next year. The accomplishments, in such difficult circumstances, deserve to be celebrated and we look forward to giving students the chance to join with friends and family for their graduation ceremony in 2021.”

The use of NESCol campus buildings for large-scale events organised by external groups will also be restricted for the first term of the new academic year, in line with national guidance. This will apply to lets for all College facilities, including classrooms and studio spaces, to reduce footfall in buildings and the requirement for support staff. These measures will be reviewed in advance of the second term. Groups are advised to contact the College directly to discuss arrangements.

Full-time courses at the College will begin on 7 September as part of a phased start to the 2020/21 session.