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 date of the next Senate Guest Night will be confirmed shortly.


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, 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/

The next Commemoration Day will take place on Wednesday 16 June 2021. 

Annual University Service

All members of the University are invited to attend the Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 8 March 2020.

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 Ceremonial Events (Ceremonial-events@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 https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/graduations/

Remembrance Service

The University's Remembrance Service will not be a public event in 2020 and will be by invitation only. 

Members of the public who wish to view the wreaths may do so in the Garden of Remembrance after 11.30am on Sunday 8 November.