Graduation celebrations are being adapted this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more by reading our FAQs.
Please note that the information below is subject to change in the event that the government roadmap or guidance changes, or there is new information regarding COVID-19 which may impact the information provided.
Why can’t we have a ‘normal’ graduation ceremony at the Forum?
Although it is hoped that the government roadmap for lifting all social distancing measures from 21 June will happen, this is not guaranteed and as such we have to plan for a situation whereby some COVID restrictions are still in place. Large scale graduation ceremonies take between 6-9 months to plan and include hiring venues and the services of many companies external to the University. As the long term picture is far from definite at the moment, we feel that planning on-campus graduation celebrations, that include all the important elements that students have shared with us via the recent survey, is the most sensible way forward.
Why can’t we postpone all graduation ceremonies until 2022?
While we understand the reason that some students would like to postpone graduation until 2022, we don’t feel this is possible or necessary. The latest government announcement on 22 February gave much greater insight into the proposed roadmap out of lockdown and it means we can plan in-person graduation celebrations on campus with much more confidence for summer and autumn 2021.
When are you planning the graduation celebrations to be held?
We are looking to hold in-person graduation celebrations on our campuses this summer and autumn 2021 for the class of 2019/20, as well as those who were due to graduate in February 2021 and summer 2021. Due to the large number of events required to fulfil three cohorts of students, these events will likely be staggered between July and September 2021.
Will we still get the opportunity to wear a cap and gown?
Yes, we know this is a very important part of any graduation celebration and we are working with our external supplier to make this possible for on-campus graduation celebrations (at home delivery options can also be arranged with the external supplier for students who may be unable to attend on-campus celebrations). Further details will be made available shortly.
Will there be a professional photographer on the day?
Yes, we know that having a professional photo taken is a very important part of the day and can confirm we are planning to make this available at all graduation celebrations.
Will we be able to bring guests to the graduation celebration events?
The government announcement on Monday 22 February 2021 was very encouraging and it was very helpful to see the proposed roadmap out of lockdown. We now feel much more confident that we will be able to provide an opportunity for each student to invite up to two guests to be part of the graduation celebration. Larger numbers of guests would not be possible to enable us to plan for many different scenarios, should the government roadmap change.
How will we receive our graduation certificates?
Your graduation certificate will be posted out to you via recorded delivery. The Graduation team will contact you following results publication to ask you to supply your current address, so that we can be sure that your certificate is sent to the correct place. If you need to update your postal address for your certificate, please contact the Graduation Office to confirm your updated address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will PGCE graduation celebrations fall outside of school term dates?
Yes, we will ensure that we schedule PGCE graduation celebrations within the school holidays.
How will it work for students on combined courses?
Students on combined honours will be able to choose which event (out of the two subject areas) they wish to attend.
What if I am unable to attend on my allotted day/time?
We will provide more information in your invitation letter about what options are available to you should you not be able to attend the ceremony that has been assigned to you.