Annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony

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Orkney College UHI’s Graduation and Awards Ceremony will return this September – the first graduation event to be held since 2019 – alongside a special event to celebrate the classes of 2021 and 2022 who graduated during the pandemic.

These free events shall be held on two consecutive days. Specific information on each event can be found within the dropdown links below, followed by all the information you need to prepare for the day.

If you are unable to receive our digital invitation which we have sent via email, please let us know and we can arrange for a paper invite to be posted to you.

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Orkney College UHI Graduation 2022

Orkney College UHI Graduation 2022

Date? Friday 30th September 2022

Time? View our 2022 order of ceremonies document here.* As well as ceremony timings, this also details when you should collect your robes and/or have professional portrait photographs taken. *Please note that the order of ceremonies information was updated on 16/09/22 and some details have changed so please take a look.

Where? St Magnus Cathedral

Cost? Free

Graduates and their guests are also invited to attend our reception for a complimentary drink immediately after the ceremony. More info can be found under the Reception header below.

Tickets for you and your guests can be booked on Eventbrite via this link

If you wish to attend, please ensure you register by the deadline date: Ticket bookings for the 2022 event will close at 11pm on Mon 12th September 

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Orkney College UHI Celebration of 2020 & 2021 Graduates

Orkney College UHI Celebration of 2020 & 2021 Graduates

This celebratory event for 2020 and 2021 graduates will mimic the official Graduation Ceremony, with former students being invited to celebrate their achievements alongside their family, fellow graduates and staff. 

Date? Thursday 29th September 2022

Time? View our full 2020/2021 order of ceremonies here.As well as ceremony timings, this also details when you should collect your robes and/or have professional portrait photographs taken. *Please note that the order of ceremonies information was updated on 16/09/22 and some details have changed so please take a look.

Where? St Magnus Cathedral

Cost? Free

Graduates and their guests are also invited to attend our reception for a complimentary drink immediately after the ceremony. More info can be found under the Reception header below.

Tickets for you and your guests can be booked on Eventbrite via this link

If you wish to attend, please ensure you register by the deadline date: Ticket bookings will close on Thurs 8th September 2022

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Reception

Reception

An optional reception offering a complimentary drink will take place immediately after each ceremony at the King Street Halls in Kirkwall. This venue is around 5-8 minutes walk from St Magnus Cathedral. You will need to book tickets for the reception, for you and your guests, if you wish to attend. Please remember to have your ticket ready to show to staff on entry to the reception (either electronically or in hard copy).

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Guests

Guests

Graduates are permitted to bring two guests each. Guests are welcome to attend both the official ceremony, and the optional reception. We ask that all guests take their seats immediately on entering the Cathedral. Guest seating is at the front half of the main seating area and is allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

We have no age restrictions for guests, however you should be mindful that Graduation ceremonies are formal, academic occasions and can last for two hours, or more. If you are bringing younger guests to our ceremony, we may ask that your child can be taken outside should they become restless. We would appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

You should let us know about your guests when you book your event tickets. Due to space constraints we can only allow a maximum of two guests per graduate.

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Dress Code

Dress Code

Our Graduation Ceremony & 20/21 Graduate Celebration are formal events, so please be smartly dressed. This could be, for example, national dress, suit and tie, skirt or dress, shirt or blouse.

If you are hiring a gown, our supplier notes:

When dressed in the graduation attire your arm, from the elbow down, will be visible against the gown and you may therefore want to wear a jacket if you don’t want a shirt sleeve to show. Although most gowns and hoods now have velcro, it's still a good idea to wear something with a buttoned front as it will help the hood neckband sit better. The style and colour of your academic dress will depend on your institution. You will be shown this when you place your order and may wish to consider it when choosing your outfit.

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Gown Hire

Gown Hire

Gowns are available to Higher Education students (SCQF Level 7 upwards). Robe hire is not typically available for further education students.

Gowns can be hired through our official suppliers, Ede and Ravenscroft via this link: Graduation Services | Ede & Ravenscroft (edeandravenscroft.com)

How to order:

  • Enter the Institute name as Orkney College UHI.
  • You shall be presented with two date options: 2020 & 2021 Graduates must select 29 Sept, 2022 Graduates must select 30 Sept. (The times given on our partner's website do not reflect the time of the events.)
  • Select your award / degree from the list. SVQ courses at SCQF Level 7+ please note that if you wish to hire a gown, you should choose the HNC option.
  • Confirm your selection
  • Proceed to select your gown for hire and confirm all required details
  • Proceed to checkout and make payment

You can collect your gown from the College on the day of your event where staff will be on hand to assist you. Collection times are given in the order of ceremonies document located in the event information section. Please do not remove the name tag on your gown.

Returns:

There will be a designated area at both the Cathedral and the reception for you to leave your hire gown immediately after the event, or you can drop it off at Orkney College. Gowns should be returned to us with your name tag still attached.

The deadline for returning gowns is strictly 4:00pm on Monday 3rd October. After this time students will assume responsibility for arranging return of their gown to Ede & Ravenscroft.

 

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Photography

Photography

You are invited to have professional photographs taken on the date of your event, after you have collected your gown and before the main event begins. These photos are optional. Photos taken at the event may be used for publicity. 

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Publicity

Publicity

You can view our 2022 privacy notice here.

If you object to the publication of your personal data in the way described in our privacy notice, you need to let us know. Instructions on how to do this are given within the notice, but we note that only current students will have access to UHI Records to do so.

If you are not a current student, but wish to object, please email us at orkneygraduation@uhi.ac.uk to let us know.

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Additional Support / Access Arrangements

Additional Support / Access Arrangements

We are happy to make appropriate arrangements for any Graduand with additional support needs, and where possible, we will also make appropriate arrangements for guests with additional support needs. If you or any of your guests require additional support, special seating or access arrangements please contact orkneygraduation@uhi.ac.uk

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Music

Music

There will be a piper in the cathedral, and music performed by local artists. Please be aware that the bagpipes can be loud in an indoor space and potentially triggering due to their volume.

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Contact info

If you have any questions, please direct these to:

orkneygraduation@uhi.ac.uk or call us on 01856 569 000