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 Night will be held on Thursday 8 November 2018. 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 will be available 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, 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 Day is due to be held on 12 June 2019.


Annual University Service

All members of the University are invited to attend the Annual University Service in Glasgow Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 10 March 2019.

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 Senate Events (senate-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 www.gla.ac.uk/services/registry/support/graduation/.


Remembrance Service

All members of the University are invited to attend the Remembrance Service in Bute Hall on Sunday 11 November 2018 at 10.45am.

Please note that all staff, students, alumni and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Staff wishing to join the academic procession are requested to assemble in the Hunterian Museum by 10.30am. Academic Dress (gown and hood plus dark long tie for men) will be worn on this occasion. It is important that all wishing to join the procession should email: staffgowns@glasgow.ac.uk  by Friday 2 November 2018. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.