Ceremonial Events

Ceremonial Events

During the year the University holds a number of ceremonial events both at the University and in the City of Glasgow. Staff, students, alumni and the community at large are encouraged to attend the events where possible. The range of events include Senate Guest Nights, Annual Cathedral Service and Commemoration Day which celebrates the foundation of the University. Further information can be found in each of the tabs.

Senate Guest Night

The next Senate Guest Nights will be held on Thursday 9 March 2017. This dinner will be held in the Senate Room at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Please note that the dress code will be business attire.

Full details and reply slip can be found here.


Commemoration Day

The foundation of the University of Glasgow in 1451 is celebrated each year on Commemoration Day.

The celebration comprises:

  1. A Service for the Commemoration of Benefactors in the University Chapel at 9.45am

  2. A University Meeting at 11.00am in the Bute Hall when the Chancellor, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, will confer Honorary Degrees upon a number of eminent persons. Thereafter there is a drinks reception in the Quadrangles.

  3. Commemoration Day Lunch in the Hunter Halls at 1.00pm

For further information about the History of Commemoration day please go to www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/commemoration-day/

Commemoration is due to be held on 14 June 2017. To register please go to:  www.gla.ac.uk/commemorationday2017.

A list of Honorary Graduands is available here.


Annual University Service

All members of the University are invited to attend the Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral in 2016 (the date will be confirmed shortly).

Those wishing to join the academic procession are requested to assemble in the Sacristy by 10.45am. Academic Dress (gown and hood plus white bow-tie for men) will be worn on this occasion.

It is important that all wishing to join the academic procession should email Pete Murphy in the Senate Office (Pete.Murphy@glasgow.ac.uk) in order that an appropriate number of seats can be reserved. 


Academic Robe Hire

Gowns can be hired for staff wishing to take part using the Ede & Ravenscroft online staff gown ordering system. For an account to be set up please email Staffgowns@glasgow.ac.uk.

For information about the dates and times for the Graduation Ceremonies please go to www.gla.ac.uk/services/registry/support/graduation/.