Academic Registry

Academic Registry

Dubai Graduation

Date and Time

Heriot-Watt University is holding two graduation ceremonies in Dubai on 25 November 2014 at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

If you wish to graduate in Dubai please see details of the ceremonies below:

Additional Information
Tuesday 25 November (11am) All Schools/Insitutes Undergraduate Students only InterContinental Dubai Festival City Al Baraha Ballroom
Tuesday 25 November (7pm) All Schools/Insitutes Postgraduate Students only InterContinental Dubai Festival City Al Baraha Ballroom


Before Your Graduation Ceremony

How to Apply

You must complete and return a graduation application form by 17 October 2014 (please see links below). If you do not apply by this date, you may not be able to graduate. You will NOT receive written confirmation when you submit your application form.


Students are required to apply to graduate before they receive their final results. However, please ensure that you are eligible to graduate by checking your results online, if you do not receive an award decision permitting you to graduate you will not be able to attend the ceremony or graduate in absentia on 25 November 2014 even if you have applied to graduate.

Outstanding Debt

Any student who has outstanding fees or charges to pay, has any outstanding library book loan or debt to the Students' Union will not be permitted to graduate from the University until such time as debts are settled appropriately. You are therefore advised to settle any outstanding debts by 10 October 2014. Students who have not settled their accounts by that date will not be permitted to graduate in November 2014. For further information contact the Dubai Finance Office on 00 971 44358671 or by email at

Guest tickets

You must indicate how many guest tickets you require on the graduation application form. Guest tickets will NOT be posted out but will be available to collect from the venue on the day of the ceremony. Tickets entitle guests to attend the ceremony and the reception afterwards. Graduands do not require a ticket.


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. There will be no child care or babysitting facility, so children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children aged 5 years or under are not required to pay for a guest ticket, however if they require their own seat, a ticket must be requested for them.

Photography and DVD

Graduation is an exciting and memorable time for both you and your family. To mark the occasion, Heriot-Watt University has arranged for professional photographers and videographer to be present at the Graduation Ceremony to provide you with lasting memories of this special day. Please download the Photo and DVD form below.


On The Day

On Arrival

Graduands and guests must arrive at the venue at least two hours before the start of their ceremony to register and collect guest tickets.

Graduand Registration

Graduand registration will take place at the venue. Upon registration, graduands will receive a seating card and must sit in the seat number given.

Guest Ticket Collection

Guest tickets will be available for collection at the venue. No guest tickets will be sent out in advance of the ceremony.

Gown Collection

Gown collection will take place at the venue. Details of time and room for collection will be available in due course.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduands and guests must be seated at 10.30am for the 11am ceremony and at 6.30pm for the 7pm ceremony. Late comers will not be permitted to enter.

We hope you enjoy your graduation day!
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Any student who tenders an application to attend a graduation ceremony and subsequently receives information which indicates ineligibility for graduation, or who wishes to postpone graduation, will be entitled, on application, to a refund of graduation fees. Requests for refunds on gown hire fees should be made directly with the gown suppliers. Graduands wishing to graduate in absentia are still liable for the payment of the graduation fee. Graduands will not receive refunds on guest tickets if guests are unable to attend the ceremony on the day, or if the graduand wishes to graduate in absentia but has purchased guest tickets previously.



Heriot-Watt University will use its best endeavours to keep to the scheduled dates and venues for graduation ceremonies.  However, due to circumstances outside the control of the University ceremonies may be delayed, relocated to another venue or postponed. Where this occurs Heriot-Watt University is not responsible for any inconvenience or costs that may be occasioned by such event.