Graduation 2013

2012 Graduation.....

Thursday 24th of October 2013
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Congratulations! On behalf of the Board and staff of Stow College, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your achievement in successfully completing your course at Stow. 


Stow are offering you the opportunity to further celebrate your success, by participating in this year’s College Graduation Ceremony. The Ceremony will take place in the inspiring setting of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday the 24th of October at 7.00pm and will give you the opportunity to celebrate your success in the company of family, friends, fellow students and staff of the College. 


Attending the Ceremony is free to all eligible students and their guests, and students are encouraged to bring along family and friends to join in the celebrations.  The Ceremony will include a programme of musical entertainment, and following the formal Graduation Ceremony there will be a short reception with refreshments for graduates and their guests. 


The Graduation Awards Ceremony is a formal event and as such all graduating students must wear an academic gown and hood.  Details of how to hire gowns can be found below.  Gowns will be delivered to the Concert Hall on the day of the event. 


You are of course encouraged to bring along cameras and video cameras to capture memories of the occasion - and please remember to share these with us, by emailing them to Hilary Ramsay or Tracey Borland or why not post them to our Facebook Page


For more formal photographs, however, the services of a professional photographer will be available at the Ceremony.  You will receive information on prices and options available nearer the time.  


If you haven’t yet registered for this year’s (the final) Stow College Graduation Ceremony, there is still time to do so.  Just email the following information to the Graduation Co-ordinator, David Robertson at quoting “Graduation Registration 2013” in the subject box. 

  • Name as you wish it to appear on your certificate  
  • Your course
  • Number of guest tickets   
  • Telephone number  
  • Your current address


Please only request tickets for guests you know will definitely be attending.  You will be able to request further tickets nearer the time if required.


Responses must be received by Friday 18th October.  Please note that if you do not respond by this time you cannot be guaranteed a place at the Ceremony.


Timetable of events:

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Registration of graduates

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Gowning and photography


Auditorium open for graduates


Graduate rehearsal


Guests allowed into auditorium


Ceremony starts

It is anticipated that the ceremony will end at around 9.30pm.



You can register anytime between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.  Registration should take approximately 15 minutes.  The earlier you register, the more time you will have to arrange photographs before the ceremony starts.  You should enter the Hall via the Killermont Street entrance.  Upon entry you will be directed to the registration desk where you should check in. 



All graduands are required to wear an academic gown.  Gowns should be booked online through Academy Graduations at:


At the event you will receive information regarding gowns and photography at the registration desk.  Gowns are hired for the duration of the ceremony and should be returned to the gown desk as soon as possible after the ceremony.  The hire cost is £19.50.



Please note that the auditorium will be open to graduates from 6.15pm and that there will be a rehearsal in the auditorium at 6.30pm.  You should have registered, received your gown and be in the auditorium for no later than 6.25pm.  Please give yourself plenty of time.  If you do not make the rehearsal you may not be able to take part in the ceremony.     



Dress code for the ceremony is ‘smart’. 



You are, of course, encouraged to bring your own camera to capture the colour of the ceremony. However, for more official photographs Academy will be on hand before and after the ceremony to take individual or group photographs.  To avoid waiting it is best to pre- book online at:


Access Requirements:

If you have not already done so, please let me know as soon as possible if you have any special requirements, such as wheelchair access.  Any access requirements of your guests will be accommodated by Concert Hall staff.



If for any reason you find you will not be able to attend the ceremony, please let me know as soon as possible.  If you fail to notify the College beforehand of your non-attendance at the ceremony, you may be eligible to pay a cancellation fee to cover administration costs.


Data Protection Statement:

Graduands and guests should be aware that graduation ceremonies are regarded as public events.  Names and awards of graduands are published in the graduation programme.   


Course Fees:

Please note: Any outstanding debts you owe to Stow College must be paid before you will be allowed to participate in the Graduation Awards Ceremony. 


Additional Information

  • Students who have already registerd for Graduation will have their tickets posted out to them next week.
  • Your guests do not need tickets to enter the Concert Hall building, they only need tickets to get in to the main auditorium. Guests will not be allowed into the auditorium before 6.45pm.
  • Please note that guest tickets are for unreserved seating. This means that although their tickets will have a seat number printed on them, they can actually sit in any seat that doesn’t have a ‘RESERVED’ sign on it.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time to register and pick up your gown before the Graduate Rehearsal at 6.30pm. Any delays to the start of the ceremony will lead to a later finishing time which can result in people missing trains and buses after the event.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact David Robertson if you have any questions or concerns.