Ceremonial FAQ’s

Diploma Certificates

How long does it take for my diploma to be prepared?

Diplomas can take up to 12 weeks to be prepared after the date of election. In the absence of your diploma, a letter of verification is included with the welcome pack and can be used as proof of membership. We will also send out a scanned copy of your certificate via email while the hard copy is being prepared. We thank you for your patience.

Will I receive my diploma by post before I attend a ceremony?

Yes, your diploma will be posted to your address before attending a ceremony. You will then receive an empty presentation tube at the ceremony.

I need my diploma immediately after my election. How can you help me?

A letter of verification is included in this welcome pack while your diploma is being prepared. This will allow you to submit for regulatory body applications in the absence of your diploma. The soft copy certificate will also be emailed to you in the meantime, as mentioned above.


Diploma Ceremony

How many ceremonies are held in Edinburgh per year? 

Previously we held 7 ceremonies in Edinburgh per year. Since Covid-19 restrictions eased, we have been hosting more frequent, smaller ceremonies throughout the year.

Does the College host diploma ceremonies outside of the UK?

Yes, we hold ceremonies in different locations such as Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore to name a few. We hope to be able to bring you more details of our overseas dates soon.

How long will it take for me to hear back about my ceremony?

Depending on the time of year, we can have a significant number of applications to process, and it might take several weeks to reply to you. You are welcome to contact us at ceremonial@rcsed.ac.uk

How many guests can I bring?

Each diplomate can purchase up to 3 guest tickets for the ceremony. Details on how you can purchase tickets will be sent to you when your ceremony date has been confirmed.

Can children attend the ceremony? 

Children are welcome to sit at guest tables with their parent/carer to watch the ceremony, there will also be a baby and parent room for very young children. We can accommodate buggies in the space if this is required.

Please note, unfortunately children cannot attend the formal diners which occasionally take place following our diploma ceremonies.

Can you help me with a visa support letter?

Yes, you can request a visa support letter via ceremonial@rcsed.ac.uk after your ceremony date is confirmed.

If I choose not to attend a ceremony now, can I attend one in the future? 

You are welcome to attend a Diploma ceremony in the future, however we recommend booking on early as our ceremonies are filling up very quickly. Please contact us and we can let you know what options are available.


Travel & Accommodation

When can I book my travel and accommodation?

Please do not book your travel or accommodation until you have received email confirmation of your ceremony date.

Our travel agents, Surgeons Quarter Travel can assist you with your arrangements.

The College’s 129 bedroomed, 4 Star Hotel, Ten Hill Place Hotel is located onsite.

Please contact travel@surgeonsquarter.com or reservations@tenhillplace.com

Is there anywhere to eat nearby?

Yes. The College’s on-street café, Café 1505, and the bar and restaurant at Ten Hill Place Hotel are both on campus.

Is the College easily accessible? 

All areas of the venue can be reached by lift or access ramp. Please let the team know if you have any requirements you would like to discuss.


Any other questions?

Please contact: ceremonial@rcsed.ac.uk

Click here for an overview of what your Diploma ceremony day will look like.

Click here for a step-by-step account of how to attend a Diploma ceremony.


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