Student with degree and friends

Planning your graduation

If you are expecting to graduate in December 2019 then you need to tell us your graduation plans.

To tell us your plans you will need to use the graduation portal.  This will open at times throughout WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2019 and THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019 in accordance with your allocated ceremony, as indicated in the table below.

CeremonyPortal Opening Date/Time
Monday 2 December 2019 at 10.30am Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 9.00am
Monday 2 December 2019 at 3.00pm Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 12.00noon
Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 9.30am Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 3.00pm
Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 1.00pm Thursday 10 October 2019 at 9.00am
Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 4.00pm Thursday 10 October 2019 at 12.00noon

You need to let us know your plans by FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2019.  If you don't tell us your plans by this date we're unable to guarantee that arrangements can be made for you to attend your ceremony, so it's really important that you let us know.

Attending in person and guest tickets

If you plan to attend your ceremony, you will be given the opportunity to request up to two free guest tickets and, subject to availability, any additional chargeable guest tickets (at £10.00 per ticket).  These additional guest tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis and are non-transferrable.

You will also need to separately order your academic cap, gown and hood. You can find out more about this on our Academic Dress page.

Attendees with special requirements

If you or any of your guests require special arrangements to be made (e.g. wheelchair/mobility/seating/sight/hearing difficulties), please let us know via the graduation portal.  If you would like to discuss any special arrangements, please contact us as soon as possible.

Graduating in absentia

If you plan to graduate but you do not wish to attend your graduation ceremony (this is called graduating in absentia), then you should select this option using the graduation portal.

Postponing your graduation

To postpone is to elect to defer your graduation so that you can attend your ceremony in person at the next scheduled occasion (July 2020). You will not graduate at the ceremony allocated to you in December 2019 and you will therefore not receive a certificate until such time that you either attend a ceremony in person at the next scheduled graduation ceremony (in July 2020) or choose to have your degree conferred upon you in your absence (in absentia) in December 2019.

Please note that if you choose to postpone your graduation ceremony, you must submit your plans as soon as you can. To enable us to inform you of the need to do this, you must ensure that your contact details, in particular your email address, are kept fully up to date in Liverpool Life.

You can only postpone your graduation once.  However, should you elect to postpone your graduation and we do not receive official confirmation of your award before the published deadline, you will still have the opportunity to postpone at the next opportunity presented to you.