As a member of the class of 2021 you will share in a momentous occasion for Canadian University Dubai (CUD), as we celebrate your graduation on the world’s biggest stage, Expo 2020 Dubai, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai. 

CUD has continuously set a precedent in the realm of higher education as the first University to celebrate the commencements of our students in extraordinary ways. Since 2011, we have taken great pride in pioneering astounding graduation ceremonies from the prestigious Dubai Opera (2018) the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (2020), to this year’s celebration at Expo 2020 Dubai. The upcoming event will aptly reflect our University’s growing stature on the international higher education landscape.

As a graduate of CUD and soon-to-be admittee to our elite alumni community, we believe you should take immense pride in your achievements. Your qualifications are grounded in world-leading educational practices, and you now have the tools you need to put your skills and experience to work as leading officials, researchers, business professions and entrepreneurs across the United Arab Emirates and beyond.

We hope that you will join us as we celebrate your accomplishments and those of the whole University community in reaching this significant milestone.

Graduation Ceremony Details

Graduation | Graduation fair
Date Friday, 14th January 2022
Venue Expo 2020 Dubai

How do I apply to participate in the graduation ceremony?

  • Please refer to the email that has been sent to all students who are eligible to participate in the ceremony. This email has been sent to your CUD student email only!
  • In the email you will find details that you can follow to learn about making your appointment. You will also be sized for your gown, and have your photos taken in the studio.

Steps you will take after you have made your appointment

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring your Original Passport and Emirates ID along with you. (MANDATORY)
  • When you arrive, go directly to the University Studio at your scheduled time.
  • You are required to pay the Application Fee to graduate, and the Ceremony Participation Fee in order to participate in the ceremony.
  • You are encouraged to clear any outstanding balance with Student Accounts as soon as possible or make payment online.
  • Photo packages and other graduation items will be available for purchase. Please note photo packages or additional items ordered from the University Studio must be paid at Student Accounts to confirm your order.
  • During the ceremony, your name will be displayed on the screen inside the venue in a three-word format. On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to provide the three names you wish to have displayed. These three names can ONLY be selected from your Emirates ID or Original Passport.
  • Your graduation photoshoot will be conducted on the same day. Remember to come prepared to have your photo taken for the Graduation Ceremony.
  • To ensure we take the necessary COVID-19 precautions and provide a safe environment for the University community, you must present a green pass on the Al Hosn application.

What do I receive from the University if I do not attend Convocation?

  • For students in good financial standing, the diploma, certificate, and Official Transcript will be prepared upon approval of your application for graduation.
  • Official documentation is not released or prepared until all financial obligations have been satisfied.

What do I wear to Convocation?

  • The event requires semi-formal wear. Dark colors are preferable.
  • No unauthorized costume or ornamentation shall be worn on any of the regalia during the ceremony.
  • Male graduates may wear a ghafiyah, guthra, egal, kandura, and na-aal together with the graduation gown and hood. A bisht is not permitted over the graduation gown. You will not be required to wear the mortarboard.
  • Female graduates may wear an abaya and shela, hijab, or burqa together with the graduation gown, hood and mortarboard.
  • If you are not in your academic regalia and ready for the procession, you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony - no exceptions.

More details related to the ceremony will be updated here as they become available. You are requested to check our official student email for regular updates.