Planning Your Graduation

If your student record indicates that you are expected to graduate in December 2017 then you will need to let us know whether you wish to attend your graduation ceremony, graduate in absentia, or postpone your graduation until the next scheduled occasion.

The graduation web portal will open on Friday 13 October 2017.  Bookings for each ceremony will open in accordance with the table below:

Ceremony  Date and TimePortal Opening Time 
 A  Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 10.30am  9.00am
 B  Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 3.00pm  9.30am
 C  Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 9.30am  10.00am
 D  Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 1.00pm  10.30am
 E  Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 4.00pm  11.00am

The deadline for us to receive your intentions is Friday 10 November 2017

Attending in person

If you choose to attend your ceremony in person, you will be guaranteed the opportunity to receive two free guest tickets. Details regarding the purchase of additional guest tickets (should any be available) will be provided in the web portal. Further information can also be found here.  All additional guest tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Submitting your intentions via the web portal also serves as confirmation of your graduation personal details (i.e. confirmation of your name as it will appear on your award certificate and in the commemorative programme, confirmation of the pronunciation of your name and confirmation of your email address).

You will also need to separately order your academic gown and hood from our robe suppliers, Ede and Ravenscroft.  You can find out more about this on our Academic Dress web page.

Graduating in absentia

If you choose to graduate at the ceremony indicated to you but you do not wish to attend your graduation ceremony (this is called graduating in absentia), then you should select this option using the web portal. Submitting your intentions via the web portal also serves as confirmation of your graduation personal details (i.e. confirmation of your name as it will appear on your award certificate and in the commemorative programme) and will also enable us to accurately send out your award certificate and a copy of the commemorative programme to you in the post. (These will be sent to the 'Graduation Correspondence Address' that you enter when you submit your intentions using the web portal.)

Please note that, should you fail to submit your intentions by the published deadline and therefore fail to provide us with a 'Graduation Correspondence Address', your documentation will be sent to the 'Permanent Address' that we hold for you in Liverpool Life. The University can accept no responsibility for posting your documentation to an incorrect address if you fail to provide us with an up to date 'Graduation Correspondence Address' via the web portal.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will receive an electronic version of their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). Further information on the e-HEAR is available here.

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. You will NOT graduate at the ceremony indicated to you 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 or choose to have your degree conferred upon you in your absence (in absentia).

Please note that if you choose to postpone your graduation ceremony, you must submit your intentions with regard to the next scheduled ceremony once the ability to do this is made available to you. 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 may only postpone your graduation on one occasion. However, should you elect to postpone your graduation and we do not receive official confirmation of your award before the published deadline (see Eligibility to Graduate), you will still have the opportunity to postpone at the next opportunity presented to you.

The importance of informing us of your intentions

Failure to submit this information using the web portal by the advertised deadline may result in you being refused permission to attend your graduation ceremony in person and your degree (if you have qualified) will be conferred upon you in your absence (in absentia).