After careful consideration, the University has decided that our summer 2020 graduation ceremonies which were due to take place between 14 and 17 July cannot proceed as planned. Students who are eligible to graduate this summer have been informed of this decision. They will have the opportunity to take part in a future ceremony and we will be asking students about this shortly as well as arranging for degree certificates to be posted to graduating students once the University has approved the awards.
All the decisions we have made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been informed by our duty of care to our students, their families, our staff and our wider responsibilities to our community. We cannot guarantee that the UK will be sufficiently free of risk, or the current restrictions on public life will have been eased, by July to allow graduation ceremonies to proceed. We are also mindful that for students who have returned home, and their families, it would be difficult to make travel plans given the current situation.
We fully understand that our graduation ceremonies are a special time for both students and staff, and that there will disappointment at this decision. It has been taken with great reluctance.
Any staff queries should be directed to Gemma Noyce in the Events and Ceremonies Team on email@example.com. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.