Graduation Ceremony

After years of hard work, you have now earned your well-deserved diploma. And we won’t allow that to go unnoticed, because we are proud to be able to call you a Ghent University alumnus. Even in times of Covid-19, we plan to organise a befitting send-off.

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Timing and location of graduation ceremonies in 2021

Putting on your gown and cap is a unique milestone in your life. Because we would love to see you again, all Ghent University faculties will organize a real-life, face-to-face gathering, including a photo op.

The timing of these physical proclamations will be determined for every faculty separately. You will receive an invitation from your faculty. The bulk of the graduation ceremonies will take place from September until November. In most cases they are organized in the weekend, or on weeknights. The location will be the Aula (Voldersstraat 9) or the Ufo (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33). 

Important: please make sure that your personal e-mail address is added in Oasis (for students) and in Infinitum (for alumni), to make sure that you will receive your invitation.

Class of 2019-2020

For alumni who graduated in the previous academic year, there was a digital send-off in October 2020. But the rector promised these alumni that it would be followed by a traditional graduation ceremony. Most faculties are organizing these ceremonies in the autumn of 2021,. 

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Will my parents be invited to the physical graduation ceremony?

This will be determined for every ceremony separately. Among other things, the timing of your proclamation, the number of students and the location determine the possibility to welcome guests in a safe way. Your faculty will provide you with more information about your proclamation.

Where do the physical ceremonies take place?

In most cases, the physical proclamations are organized in the Aula (Voldersstraat 9) and the Ufo (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33). Your faculty will provide you with more information about your proclamation.

What about Covid-19? 

It goes without saying that this festive occasion must proceed with the highest regard for health and safety. For that reason, we follow the national safety measures and recommendations. This means that dates and safety measures are subject to changes. 

Will I be able to wear a gown and cap?

Yes, it is special to put on your graduation gown and cap. We will make sure that this can be done in complete safety.

When do the physical ceremonies take place?

In most cases the proclamations are organized on Saturdays and Sundays. You will receive an invitation from your faculty with the exact date for your specific proclamation.

Is the data already known for the ceremony of my faculty?

As soon as the date is known, your faculty will communicate about this. Make sure to check that your personal e-mail address is correct (in Oasis or on Infinitum), so that we can send you a save the date or invitation.

Why did some programmes/faculties already organize their ceremony and others not?

The proclamations are more spread out than in normal years. This is due to a number of factors:

  • In 2021 we organize ceremonies for two graduation years, the alumni of 2020 and 2021
  • Ghent University's classrooms are used as much as possible for on-campus education and exams. So there are fewer availabilities for the graduation ceremonies.
  • Due to the measures, the occupancy rate of a room is lower than normal. This results in smaller groups, and thus more ceremonies.
  • Some faculties are waiting for the measures to make it possible to invite guests (parents, partners, etc.), while other faculties are organizing proclamations at which only alumni may attend.

We hope you can understand this exceptional situation. We strive to deliver a worthy ceremony to every alumnus.  


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