"It is with huge regret that the University has taken the very difficult decision to cancel its July 2020 graduation ceremonies. The University has not taken this decision lightly and, as many of you will have seen from the email that I sent to you on 18 March, this decision has been based on reasoned, albeit very difficult, factors. We are all working extremely hard to adapt to a rapidly changing situation and to prioritise both your health and safety, and your progression and graduation. On the latter priority, I should make it clear that it is very much our focus to graduate you on time in July so that you are not delayed in starting new jobs or postgraduate study. Whilst this graduation might not happen in person in July (we will graduate students in absentia), you will still be issued with your graduation documentation as soon as is reasonably possible and practicable after this date.
Furthermore, to absolutely avoid any confusion, I wanted to make it very clear that the University is already working on plans to offer a graduation event at a later date. Whilst we cannot commit at this point to a specific time, we absolutely intend to offer you a ceremony in keeping with the experience you were eagerly anticipating; i.e. you will be presented to the Vice-Chancellor (or Pro-Vice-Chancellor), you will wear your hard-earned academic gown and degree colours, and you will celebrate with your friends and family as you had intended. We will share more details about this event when we can.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best in your remaining assessments and, above all else, please keep safe and well."
Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
Winter 2020: Thursday 10 - Friday 11 December; Summer 2021: Monday 19 - Friday 23 July; Winter 2021: TBC; Summer 2022: Monday 18 - Friday 22 July
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