• Image showing happy young student receiving her graduation certificate
    Graduation is a right of passage
  • Picture showing very happy crowd of students with their friends, families and lecturers during the graduation ceilidh in the Argyllshire Gathering
    Our Scottish graduation ceilidh
  • Formal gowns worn by the lecturers and university luminaries during a SAMS UHI graduation
    A day for gowns and tradition
  • Two friends who studied together now graduate together
    Uni friends for life...

Graduation: celebrating your learning

This year we will celebrate our graduants from SAMS UHI undergraduate, postgraduate and reserach programmes on Thursday 6th September 2018

We are please to announce that our 2018 graduation guest speaker will be the inspirational Professor Stuart Monro OBE FRSE.

SAMS graduations - a traditional family affair 

Graduation at SAMS is a small and personal affair! It is an opportunity for your close family and friends to join you in celebrating your fantastic achievements and to meet some of your friends and lecturers who have been with you along your journey. A day to celebrate!

Graduation is also a formal occasion, highly regarded in any universities calendar. Therefore we are required to wear formal academic dress and the ceremony will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the University. There may be additional invited guests from the University Court and of course the invited keynote speaker.

SAMS students can only graduate at SAMS if they are registered through the University of the Highlands and Islands.

See what the graduates of 2017 have to say!


Contact

In the run-up to graduation, please keep in contact and check your emails regularly. We may need to inform you of changes. Also, if there are any changes you need to tell us about, please let us know in plenty of time. Shona Magill is the main organiser.

The day starts at SAMS, where you will be gowned up from 11am onwards. When you arrive to collect your gown, you will be given any guest tickets that you have ordered and that you should pass on to your guests. This time in the morning is an opportunity for students to show families and friends around the campus and the beach, to take photographs and perhaps meet the families of some of your uni friends.

Graduants and their guests then make their way to the Argyllshire Gathering for no later than 1.30 pm. Family and friends will take their seats, ready for the ceremony to start.

Graduants will not sit with their guests but will be allocated a specific seat among the other graduants. Graduants will enter the hall at the start of the ceremony after the university luminaries and lecturers.

After the ceremony a Graduation Reception with drinks and nibbles will be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls. After this students usually shed their gowns and spend some time with their guests and/or fellow graduants in town for dinner and drinks.

From 8 pm onwards we will reassemble in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls for our the Graduation Ceilidh.

 

Graduation ceremonies are formal events in every universities calendar. Guests at graduation include the Vice Chancellor of UHI and potentially Vice-Principals and Deans of the university, as well as senior management and academic staff from SAMS.

Robes and Hoods

Graduands are required to wear academic dress to take part in the ceremony. Academic dress for undergraduates consists of a black academic robe and a hood in UHI style. Postgraduate students registered at SAMS UHI are currently still graduating in colours of the University of Aberdeen. Gowns and hoods are hired from 'Ede and Ravenscroft' and SAMS will order the gown and hood for you - to make sure it is here in plenty of time. Postgraduate gowns vary depending on the qualification achieved. Each university has its own colours and cuts. Please ensure that you order your gown AND that you provide your height in 'cms', so you receive the correct size! Gowns are £38 and this covers the cost of gown hire and postage to and from SAMS.

What should you wear?

As a formal occassion you should make sure you are smart - normal attire should be dark trousers or skirt with a white shirt or blouse, or a dark suit or dress. You can also wear national dress, if you wish. Academic hoods are designed to be fitted to a top button, so if you can wear something that has a suitable button, that will help keep the hood in place.

 

Registration

It is essential that you register for graduation. In registering for graduation you need to pay a graduation fee (£30), purchase any additional guest tickets (£15 each) and order your gown (£38). Your graduation fee includes TWO guest tickets and entitles you and your two guests to attend the graduation ceremony, reception and ceilidh. Please go to the Payment tab to be directed to the SAMS Online Shop.

Additional guests

If you would like to have more than two guests you will need to purchase an additional ticket for each guest (applies to ceremony guests and ceilidh guests). You will be given all your tickets when you come to get your gown just prior to the start of the ceremony. Please note all guests must have a ticket! In the registration process you must also indicate if you would like to have official photographs taken.

Photographs

We have appointed an official photographer – LJF photography from Oban, who produce very professional photographs, with prints starting at a modest price. Prints start at approximately £10, but you may be able to purchase more expensive prints once the proofs are ready.  If you opt for photographs you will be given a time slot for your photographs, which will be before the ceremony starts. Have a look at their website if you would like to know more: LJFphotography.  You will in any case be allowed to take your own informal pictures after the ceremony and SAMS takes photos throughout the day too.

Video

We will be filming the graduation so that your friends and family who cannot attend can still see you graduate. You will then all be able to reminisce about how young and beautiful you were at graduation at future reunions! We will publish the graduation film on the SAMS YouTube channel a few days after the event.

Deadline for Registration

Deadline for registration as 3rd August 2018

Notification of Awards and Eligibility

Only students, whose awards have been confirmed by the appropriate university exam board, will be eligible to graduate.

All eligible undergraduate graduands will be notified by letter of their degree award by the Student Record Office (SRO), following the summer exam boards. Eligible Masters by Research and PhD graduands, will have undergone their viva and must have their corrections approved and confirmed by UHI/University of Aberdeen before 21st July 2017.

Graduands will be notified of the date of graduation and MUST confirm if they will be attending graduation.

It is university practice to issue graduation lists to local and national media, and each students name and award will be included on those lists. You must inform SRO in writing should you not wish your name to be included.

SAMS Graduands will receive their certificates in English, however  students who wish to receive a certificate in Gaelic should inform SRO at the earliest convenience.

Awards confirmed after the end of June will be issued by the SRO in a weekly basis.

Any student entitled to a Cert HE, Dip HE or ordinary degree award, but has chosen to progress to the next level of study is not eligible to graduate until their programme of study is complete.

Any student eligible to graduate with a PG Cert of PG Dip, but has chosen to progress to the next level of study will not be eligible to graduate until their programme of study is complete.

Your degree graduation certificate will not be presented to you on the day. It will be posted directly to you by recorded delivery.

All graduation payments must be made via the SAMS online shop.

What we need from you for graduation

  • >registration and payment of the full graduation fee
  • >ordering of your robe including information about your height (in cm)
  • >purchase of tickets for additional guests
  • >information if you want your photographs taken by LJF Photography
  • >notification if any of your guests need special assistance

Please ensure that you register before the dealine. If you have any problems please let us know.

Now please follow the link to the

SAMS online shop 

Once you graduated you become a lifelong SAMS and UHI Alumnus.

On the day you will recieve information on how you can keep in touch with SAMS as you go forward in your career. You have become part of the SAMS family and we hope that you will keep in touch with SAMS and your university friends. There are many ways how we can all help each other - with information, connections and support.

Do not become a stranger, visit us, keep in touch with us, each other and the wider SAMS and UHI community by social media, email and phone. 

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