On the Day of Ceremony

Please take note that 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

  • Check the Ceremony Schedule to make sure that you attend the correct ceremony. Please arrive at University Cultural Centre (UCC) at least one hour before the start of your ceremony.

  • Check your lifelong email for your seat number. The email will be sent out 3 days before your ceremony.

  • Bring along

  • Graduates are advised to refrain from bringing bulky bags to the event. Due to security reasons, bags may be checked by Campus Security officers.

  • Graduate Attire – Ensure that you are properly dressed.

  • 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.

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 Theatre) 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 1½ 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

Seating time for graduates and guests will commence 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; latecomers will not be allowed to enter the hall then.


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 "we-fies", 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 nature of the ceremonies every year is similar. You may view the order of ceremony proceedings here and the videos of ceremonies of the previous year here.

After you have finished putting on your academic dress, please proceed to the UCC Hall. At the entrance, the ushers will check your Graduate Attendance Card and show you to the seat. The seat number is indicated on the Attendance Card.

The Graduate Attendance Card is required for the Ceremony Official to read out your name (and prizes, if any) when you are presented on stage. Thus, please hold the Attendance Card in your hand or put it inside the pocket of your academic dress. If you have forgotten to bring the Attendance Card, please report to the Information Counter for a replacement.

When the ceremony begins, please stand up to welcome the academic procession. Remain standing when the National Anthem is played. You may sit down after the Presiding Officer has declared the ceremony open.

Clap and cheer for your fellow classmates and friends as they are presented on stage. Also, put on your best smile as there will be official photographers capturing the happy moments of you and your fellow graduates in the hall.

When it is about your turn to be presented on stage, the ushers will prompt you to join the queue. Remember to remove your Graduate Attendance Card from the Invitation Package and hold it in your hand. Give your Attendance Card to the Officials manning the barcode reader as you proceed towards the stage. As the names of the graduates will be read out in the same sequence that the Attendance Cards are scanned, please DO NOT change position with your fellow graduates after you have given the Attendance Card to the Officials.

There are two red lines on the stage. You should wait at the second line and move to the first line when the graduate standing at the first line has walked out to the centre of the stage. When your name is called, walk to the Presiding Officer at the centre of the stage. Shake hands with the Presiding Officer and receive the degree scroll box from him. Muslim graduates who do not want to shake hands should hold a copy of a Commencement Publication in their hand. As you are presented with the degree scroll box, pose and smile for the cameras.

After you walk down from the stage and immediately upon exiting the Hall, you will come to a photography station. Please hold the scroll tube box and pose for an individual photograph to be taken by the official photographer. If you wish to order this photograph, retain the slip of paper given to you by the photographer for placing of orders. Please proceed to collect your original degree scroll, transcript and medals/ prizes (if any) immediately after that. DO NOT change position with your fellow graduates when you are queuing to collect these. Upon receiving your degree scroll and transcript, sign against your name in the register book to acknowledge receipt. Check that you have collected the correct degree scroll and transcript bearing your name before leaving the counter. Please take care of the original degree scroll as it is irreplaceable.

After the collection, please return to your seat in the UCC Hall immediately.

Towards the end of the ceremony, the valedictorian/s will deliver a speech. The National Anthem will be played and the academic procession sitting on the stage will first leave the Hall. Please follow the instructions of the ushers to leave after the academic procession.

End of Ceremony

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


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