Graduation awards, scrolls and trophies

Our 2020 Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday 25th September at the Queen’s Hall Dunoon.

Please note that this year’s ceremony will take place in Dunoon at the newly refurbished Queen’s Hall. Parking is available close to the venue. 


If you are a final year degree student and you expect to qualify then you will be notified by UHI, however it is essential that you register if you wish to attend the Dunoon Ceremony. You can do this either by completing the registration form, emailing or calling 01631 559675.
Further Education students, HNC and HND students will have already been emailed invitations and details of the event, but you must still register to attend.

Don’t forget to hire your gown if you are graduating with SVQ 3 Childcare, Health & Social Care, HNC or HND, or any level of degree. You can order and pay for your gown here.

The registration deadline for our 2020 ceremony is Friday 28th August 2020. You can register from 1st February and do not need to have received your results before registering – we will check to ensure you are eligible to graduate.


You will be allocated two complimentary guest places but please make sure that you let us know how many guests you are bringing. You may bring additional guests at a cost of £10 each. Additional guest places will be allocated on a first come basis and we cannot guarantee these spaces. Very small children can come for free if they are sitting on someone’s knee.

Young children
Our ceremony is not really suitable for babies or very young children so we recommend you do not bring them into the hall.  However, we know it can be difficult finding childcare, so if you are bringing younger guests to our ceremony, please try to ensure they remain as quiet as possible so as not to spoil other guests’ enjoyment of the occasion.
Guests leaving the hall during the ceremony may have to wait for a steward to readmit them at an appropriate time.

Special arrangements for guests
If you or your guests have mobility difficulties, or any other disability that might affect your enjoyment of the ceremony, please tell us when you register so that we can reserve appropriate seating for you.

What happens on the day

If you are graduating with a Higher Education award you will need to collect your gown and hood before the ceremony – if you are graduating with a Further Education Award ( up to level 6) you do not need to do this and should arrive at Queen’s Hall, Dunoon no later than 12.15pm.

10:30 Venue doors open and gown collection
11:00 to 12:30 Official photographer available at venue
12:30 Graduands entry to the auditorium for official group photographs
12:50 Auditorium opens for guests – to be seated by 13.00
13:00 Academic procession
13:05 Ceremony commences
15:00 Approx. ceremony ends
15:00 to 17:00 Light buffet reception for all graduands, guests and staff

Academic dress and robe hire

Our Graduation Ceremony is formal so please be smartly dressed (no jeans). This could be national dress, dark tie, dark suit, dark skirt or dress, white shirt or blouse. Academic hoods are designed to hook onto the top buttons of shirts or blouses so please remember that when choosing your outfit.

If you are graduating with a Higher Education Award – e.g. an SVQ3 Social Services (with Healthcare or Children and Young People), HNC, HND, Certificate or Diploma in HE or ordinary, honours or post-graduate degree, you are required to wear a gown and hood which you can hire from our official suppliers, Ede and Ravenscroft. You will be able to order and pay for your gown from mid May 2020.
Please note that it is your responsibility to arrange for the hire of your robes – these will be delivered to the venue for you to collect on the day of the ceremony.
Please take care when ordering your hood as there are different hoods for each qualification level. If you need help or advice, please ask a member of college staff.

You should order your gown no later than Friday 28th August 2020 through Ede and Ravenscroft or by calling 01223 861854 - lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.