Graduands do not require a ticket but they will be expected to register and collect a seating card when they arrive at the venue. 

Guest tickets

Guest tickets can be ordered via the online graduation application for all ceremonies. Please note guest tickets are not posted out, all ordered guest tickets can be picked up on the day of your ceremony.

For the Winter 2019 graduation ceremonies taking place in Edinburgh, guest tickets are capped at three per graduand. Every graduand is entitled to two complimentary guest tickets plus one additional guest ticket (£25) and should apply for these online. 

Please ensure that you explicity state the number of complimentary tickets (0,1,2) you require when you order. You must select two complimentary tickets before you select the additional (paid) guest ticket. 

It will not be possible to purchase extra tickets at the graduation venue. Please do not arrive for your graduation with extra tickets on the day of your ceremony. 

Note: all guests should retain their tickets for the duration of the graduation ceremony and to permit access to the reception afterwards.  You may be requested to show your ticket at any time.

Extra Tickets

Extra tickets are avaliable for some ceremonies on a 'first come, first served basis'* Please see the table below for guest ticket availablity per ceremony. Once capacity is reached, we will update the table below to Ceremony Closed and no further tickets can be purchased for that ceremony. 

*only applies to students who applied before the deadline date of Thursday 31 October.

How to order extra tickets for graduation ceremonies in Edinburgh

All Schools (except Edinburgh Business School*): Extra tickets (subject to availability) can be purchased (£25.00 per ticket) on a first come first served basis. Tickets will only be available by telephone on +44 (0)131 451 8888 from Monday 11 November until Monday 18 November 2019 between the hours of 10am and 4pm (excluding Saturday and Sunday) Due to the volume of interest, lines are likely to be extremely busy.

* Edinburgh Business School students wishing to order extra tickets should call EBS on +44 (0)131 451 3956 from Monday 11 November until Monday 18 November 2019 between the hours of 10am and 4pm (excluding Saturday and Sunday). Due to the volume of interest, lines are likely to be extremely busy.

We will update this page when tickets for a ceremony are sold out but please note that no extra tickets will be available after 18 November 2019.

Extra Guest Ticket Availability
School Discipline Time Extra Guest Ticket Availabilty (per student)*
Saturday 7 December 2019 
Edinburgh Business School 1 MBA, MBA Specialism programmes 11am Ceremony Full - No Extra Tickets Available

School of Social Sciences 1 

Postgraduate Certficiate in Academic Practice 

Edinburgh Business School 2 

Accountancy and Finance (C3), Economics (C2), Combined Studies (C0), Management (C1) -UG programmes


DBA/PhD MSc programmes

2.15pm Ceremony Closed
Monday 9 December 2019 

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society 1 

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences 1

Petroleum Engineering (G1)


Chemistry (B1), Combined Studies (B7), Mechanical Engineering (B5)

10am Ceremony Closed

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences 2

School of Social Sciences 2 

Biosciences (B9)


Languages (C4), Psychology (C9)

1.15pm Ceremony Closed
School of Social Sciences 3  Management (C1) - PG programmes 4.30pm Ceremony Closed
Tuesday 10 December 2019

School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

School of Textiles and Design 

All programmes F 


All programmes E

10am Ceremony Closed

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society 2

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences 3

Civil Engineering (D2), Urban Studies (D4)


Chemical Engineering (B4), Electrical (B3), Physics (B2)

1.15pm Ceremony Closed
School of Energy, Geocience, Infrastructure and Society 3  Architecural Engineering (D1), Biology (A), Construction Management/Surveying (D3) 4.30pm  Ceremony Closed


Children are welcome to attend, however you should note that graduation ceremonies may not be suitable for very young children. Your party may be asked to sit at the end of an aisle or near an exit so that the child can be taken outside should they become restless. If children of age 5 or under require their own seat, a ticket must be requested for them.

Special arrangements

If you or your guests have special requirements, e.g. a wheelchair user, vision/hearing impaired or claustrophobic etc, or if they have very young children, please indicate this in the special arrangements section of online graduation application. Please note that only Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Assistance Dogs are permitted on campus. Car parking will be available on campus in selected areas, including an area of accessible parking for people who are disabled or with limited mobility. These will be clearly signposted from the main gate.

Guests with mobility issues

Please note that entry to the James Watt Centre is accessible.  When you collect your guest tickets, please advise a member of staff at the desk and an usher will be called to assist you into the auditorium.

Visa information

If you wish to invite your relatives to the UK for your graduation ceremony you will find more information on our Visa and Immigration webpage.