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Aberdeen Ceremonies

Tuesday 1 October at the Music Hall in Aberdeen.

The Ceremonies

Ceremonies for students studying at Aberdeen City Campus, Aberdeen Altens Campus and those learning in the workplace in the Aberdeen area will take place on Tuesday 1 October at the Music Hall in Aberdeen.

A morning and afternoon ceremony will take place. You will be notified of your ceremony time in August.

Book your place at Graduation


Please note that you must book your place through our partner Ede & Ravenscroft to attend our 2024 Graduation Ceremonies.

Tickets, both free guest tickets and any additional purchased tickets, will be sent in September via email.


These are the key things that need to be done ahead of graduation, it’s important that they are booked in advance.

On the day

Arrive in plenty of time

Please make sure that you arrive in plenty of time! Traffic can be heavy, especially coming into Aberdeen in the morning.

Directions to Music Hall, Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Car parking

There is limited car parking at Aberdeen Music Hall however, there are plenty of carparks available a short distance away within the City.


Registration opens 90 minutes ahead of the ceremony time.

Academic robes

Upon registering at the Music Hall, students collect their robes and can have photographs taken.

Please arrive in plenty of time – students should be robed 30 minutes ahead of the ceremony start time where they will move to an allocated area to receive instruction on the ceremonial procession.

Dress code

In keeping with academic dress, you are requested to wear a white/light coloured top/shirt/tie and dark skirt/dress/trousers or national dress. 



Graduands will be lined up for their ‘Grand Entrance’ around 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.


Guests can choose where they want to sit once they arrive. Individual seats are not reserved and guests can sit anywhere that is not reserved. Ushers will advise on any areas within the Music Hall which are not available for guest seating.

We ask that you be seated no less than 20 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.

Telephones should be switched off or on silent mode.


Upon registering at the Music Hall, students collect their robes and can have photographs taken.

Photographs will also be taken when graduands cross the stage to accept their award. These photos can be bought on the day – no booking required.

Use of cameras

Cameras are allowed, but we ask that you refrain from using flash photography.


The ceremony will be filmed so that it can be shared in real-time on big screens.

What to expect

At the start of the ceremony

When the ceremony is about to commence guests will be asked to stand for the arrival of the Graduands followed by the Academic Procession. Once they are all seated you will be asked to sit and the ceremony will commence.


The ceremony should take approximately 60 minutes.

At the end of the ceremony

Immediately after the ceremony, you will be asked to stand as the Academic Procession leaves.

Graduates will then be asked to make their way out of the hall, in order, starting from the first row facing the stage. Guests are asked to remain seated until advised by ushers.

Celebratory reception

Graduates and guests are warmly invited to celebrate and join us for a light refreshment following the ceremony.

graduates seated in large hall watching speaker on stage

Get in touch

Email marketing@nescol.ac.uk with questions about graduation.


If you or any of your guests have a disability or require assistance with entry to or seating at the venue, please contact marketing@nescol.ac.uk.