Diploma Ceremonies

We are delighted to announce that we have started hosting our in-person Diploma ceremonies again in the UK.

We understand the significance of coming together with your friends and family to celebrate your Diploma after the hard work, commitment, and dedication that you have put into getting to this stage in your career.

Over the past year we have been unable to host our ceremonies therefore places for our upcoming 2021/22 events are in very high demand.

Please note that if you wish to attend a Diploma ceremony, you will be held on a waiting list and contacted by the Ceremonial Administrator in due course.


Diploma ceremonies are one of the most popular events in the College calendar. They are our chance to welcome you, our new Fellows and Members, and your guests to our College. It may be your second visit (after the examination); we hope it will be less nerve-wracking than the first and that you are persuaded to come back and see us many more times thereafter.


The Ceremony

Fellows and Members travel from all over the world to attend our Diploma ceremonies, to celebrate their achievements with their family and friends, and are presented with their Diploma by the President or Dean of the Dental Faculty.

Other special medals, Diplomas and awards, such as Honorary Fellowships, Fellowship ad hominem and medals for candidates with outstanding examination results are often presented during the ceremony.

Diplomas are signed by the President or Dean of the Dental Faculty, and Honorary Secretary. They are then embossed with the College seal.

As well as your name listed in the national newspaper, The Scotsman, we will also take some photographs of you receiving your diploma and post them on our Facebook site so that you can share your achievement with your friends and family


Drinks Reception and Dinner

Diploma ceremonies take place on Fridays at either 2:30pm or 4pm and are followed either by a drinks reception or a formal dinner. Before the ceremony, you will be welcomed to our College where a professional photographer will be there to take your photograph, along with photographs of your family.  You can walk around our campus and browse the gifts in our College shop.

The ceremony and drinks reception is complimentary for diplomates, with guests asked to pay £20 each.  You can bring up to two guests with you.

If you would like to join us for the formal evening dinner, the cost is £65 per person, including diplomates.


Click here for a step-by-step account of how to attend an RCSEd Diploma Ceremony.


"I thoroughly enjoyed the diploma ceremony at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It was a suitable end to the examination process. It was good to meet up with fellow graduates from all over the country."

Ben Stutchfield MRCSEd, Specialty Registrar in General Surgery


Can't come to one of our ceremonies?

If you are unable to attend a diploma ceremony then the diploma can be posted. It should be noted that diplomas can take up approximately 12 weeks to be prepared after the date of election.

For more information about the diploma ceremonies, please contact the Ceremonial Administrator on ceremonial@rcsed.ac.uk.


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