Congratulations on your success! The Graduation and the acquisition of a Master's degree in Medicine is a peak from which wide horizons for a successful professional realization are opening ahead of you.
In 2022, the Medical University – Varna and the Faculty of Medicine are restoring the traditional graduation ceremony. The graduates of class 2022 will receive their diplomas at a solemn ritual in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Sports – Varna at 16:00 on the 26th of November 2022 (Saturday).
- When will I receive my Diploma and the Diploma Supplement?
You will receive the Diploma during the official ceremony. Students can obtain their Diploma Supplement (without which the Diploma is invalid) upon returning the official gown, scarf and cap (the tassel is for you). The official apparel you can return at the Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Medicine, room 205 on 28th of November during office hours.
Students who will not attend the graduation ceremony can obtain their Diplomas and Diploma Supplements at MU-Varna, Rectorate, floor 2, room 207A, within the following hours: 09.30-12.00 and 13.30-16.00.
Diplomas and Diploma Supplements shall be obtained in person or through a notarized Power of Attorney after submitting an identity document.
The graduates from Class 2022 of the Faculty of Medicine at Medical University "Prof. Dr Paraskev Stoyanov" – Varna can invite to the solemn ceremony friends and relatives (there is no limit on the guest number). Your guests will be allowed to enter the Congress Hall at the Palace of Culture and Sports – Varna between 15.15 to 15.45, on the 26th of November, only after presenting a guest pass.
- How to provide passes for my guests at the graduation ceremony?
You can collect the claimed guest passes when you get your official apparel (the gown, scarf and cap) on 24th and 25th of November at the Student Affairs Office.
- Will my guests with passes be able to sit anywhere in the hall?
The hall is divided into sectors in different colours. All your guests with passes will have an assigned seat in the hall. The colour of your sector will be indicated on the pass, and all your guests will be seated together.
- Information for guests requiring alternative means of transportation
In case some of your guests have disabilities and need assistance for taking their places in the hall, they will be assisted by the staff members to a suitable, easy to access location to watch the ceremony.
- Is it compulsory to wear an academic gown?
Gowns, hoods and caps with tassels worn by university graduates and lecturers date back to more than a century ago.
The first European universities were affiliated with the church. Hence, students and lecturers used to wear priest hooded robes on formal occasions.
Caps have undergone modifications and in the course of time they have acquired their distinguished square shape. Tassels are worn to the right. They are moved to the left when graduates are awarded with a Master's Degree.
Graduate students wear scarves, which are actually the modified hoods of the monastic race. They symbolize their commitment to the doctor's profession and the medical community. The scarves of the graduates of Medical University – Varna are of a specific colour.
The Varna higher education institution is the first in the country to introduce wearing gowns and caps with tassels during the graduation ceremony of its students.
If you have chosen to attend the ceremony, you are required to wear the academic gown of MU-Varna. It is not allowed to wear a gown, different from the one of your graduating colleagues.
- Where can I get my gown from?
You can get your gown, scarf and cap at the Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Medicine, room 205 on 24th and 25th of November, between 09.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00. Together with your official apparel, you will get the requested guest passes.
If you plan to arrive in Varna after office hours on Friday, 25th November, and wrote this in the GRADUATION CEREMONY - CLASS 2022 form or notified us by email, you will receive your solemn apparel (gown, scarf and cap) and the claimed guest passes before the ceremony on 26th of November at 14.30 at the venue.
- Where can I return my gown?
You can return the gown, scarf and cap (the tassel is for you) at the Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Medicine, room 205 on 28th of November during office hours. Only after you return your official apparel you will be given the Diploma Supplement. Be advised that without the Diploma Supplement your Diploma is invalid as a document.
- What am I to wear with my gown?
Graduation is an official event, that is why we kindly invite graduates to tailor their attire to the occasion. It is recommended that the clothes be simple, in neutral colours, and women's heels be up to 7 cm high, in order to avoid accidents during Diploma awarding on stage in the hall. Sportswear and casual wear is not considered appropriate for graduation ceremonies, either.
- How long before the ceremony should I arrive in the hall?
Please, arrive at the Palace of Culture and Sports – Varna at 14.30, the Technical entry on Vasil Drumev Str. so that there is sufficient time for the accompanying activities before the ceremony and the clarification of important details concerning it.
Each student has a seat with their name on it. You will be given the number of your seat when you take your official apparel. You shall take your seat in the Congress Hall not later than 15.30!
- What will happen if I get late for my ceremony?
Depending on how late you arrive, it is possible that you do not get the opportunity to walk on stage. In this case, you can obtain your Diploma and Diploma Supplement at MU-Varna, Rectorate, floor 2, room 207A, within the following hours: 09.30-12.00 and 13.30-16.00.
Parking options in the area are limited, so we recommend that you do not use a personal car for transportation. A paid parking lot is available near the hall, but we cannot guarantee availability of vacancies.
- How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours.
- How will I know when it is my turn to walk on stage?
Guided by the student affairs officers and other university staff members, students will move from their seats in groups in a predetermined order to walk on stage. All students are to remain in place until the end of the ceremony.
· Photos on a branded wall
Once the ceremony is over, graduates and guests can take photos in front of branded walls.
A couple of days after the ceremony, you will receive a link to download the photos MU-Varna's photographer has taken.