Our 2019 Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday 27th September 2019, 1pm, in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban.

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 directly with us if you wish to attend the Oban Ceremony. You can do this 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 it either by registering online using the form below or by emailing or phoning Helen Gillies.  Please note that you may only graduate if you have passed your course.  Also, 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.

The registration deadline for our 2019 ceremony is Friday 30th August 2019.

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 up to 2 additional guests at a cost of £5 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.
Please note that we will not issue tickets for guests but we will have a guest list at the venue.

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 Argyllshire Gathering Halls no later than 12.15pm.

You may collect your gown from the Oban Learning Centre at Glenshellach Business Park between 10am and 12noon. Our Oban centre is located near Lorn & Islands Hospital and is approximately 2 miles from the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, so you should make appropriate transport arrangements. If you need assistance with transport between Oban Learning Centre and the Gathering Halls please tell us when you register.

MAP of Oban showing centre and gathering halls

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.


Gown collection – Oban Learning Centre (only for those students wearing gowns)

11.00-12.30 Official photographer available in Argyllshire Gathering Halls for all graduands
12.30 Graduands line up for entry to the Auditorium
12.40 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 -15.15 Official Group Photographs
15.00 -17.00 Drinks Reception, Foyer for all graduands, guests, staff and VIP guests

The Official Photographer will be available until 4pm for portraits and family groups
Please be aware that on street parking at the venue is very limited. There are car parks nearby opposite the Corran Halls and Corran Esplanade – view details here




Click for graduation form

Academic dress and robe hire
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.

Please note that it is your responsibility to arrange for the hire of your robes – these will be delivered to our Oban Centre 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 30th August 2019 through  their website or by calling 01223 861854 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Academic dress
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.