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 Night will take place on Tuesday 21 March 2023 at 7.00 for 7.30pm. 


If you would like to attend Senate Guest Night please email Ceremonial-Events@glasgow.ac.uk 


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 12 June 2024.  

Annual University Service

All members of the University are invited to attend the Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 12 March at 11.00am.


Those wishing to join the academic procession are requested to assemble in the Sacristy by 10.45am. 

Academic dress (gown and hood) will be worn on this occasion. White bows can also be worn by those who wish to do so

It is important that all wishing to join the academic procession should email Ceremonial Events (ceremonial-events@glasgow.ac.uk) by Monday 6 March 2023 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 Annual Remembrance Service will be on Sunday 12 November 2023.


All are welcome to attend. 


Events will begin at the South Front of the University from 10.45am, where the silence will be observed at 11.00am. This will be followed by the Service of Remembrance in the Bute Hall. 


The Service of Remembrance on our campus is an important event in the life of the University.  The University chapel was built as a Memorial following the First World War, and was dedicated in 1929 to the  Glory of God in memory of the 781 members of the University community whose lives were lost in that conflict. Their names are carved on tablets behind the Communion table at the East End of the Chapel. Other tablets on the walls immediately to the East of the stalls contain the names of the 405 members of the University who are known to have given their lives in the war of 1939-45. 


Those who wish to view the wreaths may do so in the Garden of Remembrance after 11.30am on Saturday 11 November.