Postponing our ‘in person’ Graduation Awards Ceremonies scheduled for October 2020


As in July, we will hold virtual ceremonies so we can celebrate your achievements. We remain committed to hold ‘in person’ ceremonies when we are able to, which we hope will be possible in 2021.

With the ongoing uncertainty around mass gatherings and reduced capacity in our venues due to social distancing requirements, we are disappointed to inform you that we have taken the decision to postpone our 'in person' Awards Ceremonies in October.  We have made this decision to allow students, their families and supporters to plan ahead.

We will hold virtual ceremonies, as we did in July, for students whose ceremonies were scheduled for October.  Students who take part in the virtual ceremonies can also take part in an 'in person' ceremony when they are able to take place.

Our Awards team will contact students from the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences inviting them to register for the October virtual ceremonies by email in the week beginning 7 September.  They will send emails to both your university and personal email addresses, as we recognise that you may no longer have access to your university email address after this date.  The email will include full details on how to register and give the individual ceremony date. Ceremonies will be held in the week beginning 26 October.

Registration to take part in the virtual ceremonies will open from Tuesday 15 September. There is no cost for the virtual ceremony, and you can find out more details in our FAQs.

We will also hold virtual ceremonies for students who were not able to take part in the July virtual ceremonies.  During September our Awards team will invite students from the Faculties of Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Engineering & Science who, following resits, are now eligible to attend a virtual ceremony.

If you did not take part in a virtual ceremony in July and would now like to, then please contact us by emailing 

We remain committed to holding 'in person' events when we are able to, and we are working with our venues looking at dates for ceremonies in 2021.  Students who take part in a virtual ceremony will also be able to take part in an 'in person' ceremony, when these are able to take place.

We know you will be disappointed; we are disappointed too as the awards ceremonies are an opportunity for students and staff, and our whole university community to celebrate the achievements of our students.

Thank you for your understanding, we are happy to help with any queries you may have via

Chris Shelley
Director of Student and Academic Services