On the Day of Ceremony

Note: Photographs and video footage may be taken by NUS at this event and be used for NUS’ archival, communications and promotional purposes. Photographs, video footage and contact information may also be taken at this event by permitted vendors carrying identification issued by NUS.


Before Arrival

 Important Note!
  1. Check your NUS lifelong email for your seat number 3 days before your ceremony 
  2. Screenshot the email (with the QR code), save and “favorite” it (i.e. for easy access on the day of ceremony).
  3. QR code needs to be scanned before you are presented on stage.
You must bring:
  1. A mobile phone with the screenshot of the email and QR code.
  2. The Guest Invitation Cardsyour guest(s) would not be able to enter the Hall without one.
  3. Your Academic Dress and Hood for robing in the Graduate Robing Room at UCC (you are advised to iron your Academic Dress in advance.


  • Refrain from bringing bulky bags/items to the event as there may not be enough storage space available. Please note that bags may be checked by NUS Campus Security for security purposes.

  • Graduate Attire – The dress code is "shirt and tie". Ensure that you are properly dressed. You may not be presented on stage otherwise.

  • Listing of Graduates In support of the campus-wide initiative to promote environmental sustainability, the listing of all graduates and awards will be published solely in an electronic format which will be available for the duration of Commencement only. Click here to view the Graduate Listings.

  • Graduates with Mobility Challenges – Graduates with mobility challenges (e.g. wheelchair-bound, visually handicapped, etc.) should indicate the type of assistance required (if any) when registering to attend Commencement online or email commencement@nus.edu.sg.

Graduate Robing

All graduates attending the ceremonies will have to wear the academic dress. You can put on your academic dress at the Graduate Robing Room (UCC Function Room 1) before you proceed to the UCC Hall where the ceremony will be held.

Please note that only graduates wearing the correct academic dress will be presented on stage. If you have borrowed the academic dress from a friend and are not sure whether you are wearing the correct academic dress, please approach the vendor in the Graduate Robing Room for assistance. The Graduate Robing Room is open 1.5 hours before the ceremony start time.

If your academic dress was not provided by the official vendor, you may need to purchase the correct item/s to be properly attired for the ceremony.


Seating Time

The UCC Hall is open for admittance to all graduates and guests one hour prior to the official start time of each ceremony. Throughout the seating time, a series of specially-prepared videos and congratulatory messages will be screened in the UCC Hall.

To ensure that the ceremony can start on time, graduates and guests are requested to be seated in the UCC Hall at least 20 minutes before the ceremony start time. The doors will be closed after the ceremony has officially started and latecomers will not be allowed to enter the hall.


Commencement Etiquette

Your commencement ceremony is a dignified occasion where your academic achievements at NUS are honoured in front of the University's faculty, as well as your family and friends. We hope that in celebrating your achievements, the following advisory on etiquette in the Hall will be observed to ensure the best possible experience for everyone in attendance. 

Respect and consideration for others

When you are presented on stage, please accord due respect to the Presiding Officer when receiving your degree scroll by limiting your contact to a handshake. With the large number of graduates individually presented at each ceremony, any delay in presentation, such as those caused by the taking of "wefies", would prolong the ceremony for other graduates, families and friends.

It is a happy moment for you and your fellow graduates, so do remember to clap for one another as you jointly celebrate your achievements.


During the Ceremony

The ceremonies are similar each year and you may view ceremonies of the previous years here.

Hall Admittance

  • After donning your academic dress, go directly to the UCC Hall for admittance (via the “Graduates” entrance at Door 3”). Please ensure you have the following ready.
    1. Email with seat information AND QR code on your mobile phone; OR
    2. Screenshot of the seat information and QR code.
  • If you did not bring your mobile phone and/or do not have a copy of the email, please report to the Information Counter at UCC level 1 immediately for assistance.

Start of Ceremony

  • When the ceremony begins, rise for the academic procession and, for Singaporeans, sing the National Anthem when it is played.
  • Sit down after the Presiding Officer has declared the ceremony open. Keep your mortar board on throughout the ceremony.

Presentation of Graduates

  • After the Guest Speaker’s speech, follow the instructions of the ushers for your presentation on stage.
  • Ensure you have the following ready on your mobile phone as you join the queue:
    1. Email with QR code; OR
    2. Screenshot of the QR code.
  • Scan the QR code when you reach the scanning station.
    1. The names of the graduates will be read out in the sequence that they are scanned.
    2. Please DO NOT change position with your fellow graduates after you have scanned.
  • You may keep your mobile phones in the pockets of the Academic Dress once you have scanned.
  • Once on stage;
    1. Wait behind the first red line.
    2. Move to the second red line only when the graduate standing there has walked towards the Presiding Officer.
  • Walk towards the Presiding Officer ONLY after your name is called, then shake hands with him/her and receive the degree scroll tube.
  • Muslim graduates who do not want to shake hands should hold a copy of a Commencement Publication as they walk the stage.
  • As you are presented with the degree scroll tube, pose and smile for the cameras.
  • Leave the stage immediately after this so the next graduate can be presented in a timely manner.

Collection of Scroll, Transcript, Awards

  • Once off stage, you will have an opportunity for individual photo-taking with the scroll tube. Do keep the coupon given by the photographer to order the photograph. DO NOT change position with your fellow graduates as you queue.
  • If you have not collected your degree scroll, transcript and medals/prizes (if any) earlier:
    1. You may proceed to collect it once off-stage.
    2. Check that you have collected the correct degree scroll and transcript bearing your name and sign against your name in the Register Book to acknowledge receipt before leaving the counter.

    Note to ALL Graduates: Please take care of the original degree scroll as there is only one hard-copy available. The University does not normally issue a replacement if the original one is destroyed or misplaced.

  • Return to your seat in the UCC Hall immediately.

Ending of Ceremony

  • After the presentation of graduates,
    • the valedictorian/s will deliver a speech and
    • the National Anthem will be played;
    • Thereafter, the academic procession on stage will leave the Hall first (DO NOT leave until after the procession has left)
  • Follow the instructions of the ushers to leave after the academic procession has left the Hall.


After the Ceremony

All graduates and guests are invited to have light refreshments at the foyer immediately after each ceremony. 


Ordering Your Photographs

There will be official photographers taking stage photographs for each graduate. Details on how to purchase the stage photographs will be updated in due course.


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