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As the unprecedented situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops, we know you may have questions about how this will impact graduation.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 27/05/2021

Will the summer 2021 graduation ceremonies still take place?

As there is still uncertainty around the scale of events that will be possible in the coming months, we have taken the decision to postpone this summer's graduation ceremonies.

We want to be certain that future ceremony days will be able to go ahead as planned and students are able to celebrate their achievements properly.

Whilst the Government Roadmap indicates that all restrictions should lift towards the end of June, it also makes it clear that this is the earliest possible date that this could happen and that the progress of the roadmap will depend on the vaccine roll-out, case numbers and the emergence of new strains of Covid-19.

At this point, there is a risk that any events planned for summer would need to be cancelled at late notice, or that social distancing measures could remain in place and significantly limit the size of gatherings.

We remain committed to holding graduation ceremonies later in 2021 when restrictions allow. We will confirm the dates for this as soon as we are confident that we can hold a large scale event, that draws together people from many different countries, without presenting any risk to our University community and guests.

How will I be contacted to book tickets once my Graduation Ceremony is rescheduled?

Graduates will be contacted once the University is able to reschedule the graduation ceremonies. Please ensure you have updated your personal contact details including your email address via e-Vision - My Details.

Will I still receive my certificate?

You should receive notification once your certificate has been dispatched, this should be within 6 weeks of your award confirmation and formal release of results.

Should I make arrangements for future ceremony dates?

We advise you not to book any travel or accommodation until a date for your Graduation Ceremony has been confirmed.

What will happen if I am unable to attend on the rescheduled date?

You will have the opportunity to defer your attendance to the next available ceremony. Attendance can normally only be deferred once.

I study at a partner college. Will my Graduation Ceremony take place?

We continue to work closely with our partners in monitoring emerging Government guidance. Any changes to forthcoming ceremonies will be communicated by your college in the first instance.

I am an international student. How will I attend if my visa has expired before the ceremony?

You must ensure that you make arrangements to leave the UK on or before your current visa expiry date, unless you are planning to extend your current visa or switch into another permissible immigration category on or before this date.

If you wish to apply to return to the UK to attend your graduation ceremony at a later date, you can apply to return on a Standard Visitor Visa. This visa allows you to visit the UK for up to 6 months and the application fee is currently £95.00.

Further information is available on the website, including a list of supporting documents required
More about a standard visitor visa

The University will provide a personalised letter to confirm details of your graduation ceremony, which you must submit with your visa application supporting documents. This letter can be requested by emailing:

If you have any questions throughout the visa application process, please email and an International Student Adviser will respond.

More information

The University continues to heed government advice and we're regularly updating our own guidance.

View our guidance on Coronavirus