Edinburgh Napier launches ‘city takeover’ to celebrate graduates

As graduation ceremonies cancelled again, university emblazons billboards, bus stops, a taxi and a tram with names of hundreds of students

Edinburgh Napier University has today launched a month-long ‘city takeover’ to celebrate recent graduates, as traditional graduation ceremonies are cancelled for the second year running.

The names of hundreds of graduates – who were unable to receive their degree at the Usher Hall in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic – now cover 18 billboards, 100 bus stops, a classic Edinburgh taxi and even a tram, along with messages stating the university’s pride in them and offering congratulations on their success.  

Bus stops around the city feature the names of hundreds of graduating students


Graduates can find their names via a ‘Find My Billboard’ feature on the university website. Academic disciplines are linked to relevant locations – for example, billboards and bus stops celebrating graduates of the School of Health and Social Care are situated near hospitals, and those from the School of Arts and Creative Industries near arts venues. 

Students can also have official graduation-style photographs taken on campus with family and friends. 

Billboard celebrating Edinburgh Napier’s graduates in engineering and the built environment


Professor Andrea Nolan, principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, said: “The last 16 months have presented students with formidable challenges as they have had to adjust to different ways of learning while coping with all of the disruption the pandemic has caused to our normal way of life. 

“Our graduates have shown enormous resilience and strength of character in completing their studies during this period of upheaval and we wanted to show them just how proud we are of what they have achieved. It’s a huge achievement to graduate and we wanted to give students the same euphoria you get when your names called out on stage. 


Photos © Andy Catlin; www.andycatlin.com

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