Coronavirus information (updated 01 September 2021)

For information on the recommencement of in person graduations during autumn 2021, please see the dedicated FAQ page.

Postponement of in person graduation with guests

In person graduation ceremonies with guests will not take place until further notice. However, the University has confirmed that graduation, or the celebration of degrees awarded in absence during the pandemic, can take place ‘in person’ but without guests during the autumn of 2021. For more information, including when these ceremonies will be held and how to sign up, please see the graduations during autumn 2021 FAQs.

Graduating in absence

Congregations will continue for those who wish to take their degree in absence. If you choose to graduate in absence – or have already done so – you cannot have your degree conferred again, but the option remains to celebrate your degree with guests in a Senate House ceremony at a future date that will be as close as possible to in-person graduation.

Please note, this will not happen before the 2021-22 academic year and may have to be some considerable way ahead, depending upon the situation with COVID-19. Further information, including dates of future ceremonies, can be found on the University website.

Please also note that while restrictions due to Covid-19 remain, those opting to graduate in absence will retain the option to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’, but once Congregations in-person and with guests resume, from that point those opting to graduate in absence would no longer be able to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’.

Further information on how to register to graduate in absence can be found on the ‘registering to graduate‘ page.

Certificates and transcripts

Transcripts for degrees awarded based on assessments modified as a result of COVID-19 will include brief wording explaining that the candidate undertook alternative assessments, and provide a link to a fuller explanation of the nature of the assessment, hosted on the CamData website.

Paper copies of certificates and transcripts for everyone who has graduated in absence during the lockdown period will be produced and posted as soon as staff are able to return to the workplace. Further copies may be ordered once this service is available again.

A service that allows you to access your official transcript electronically remains in place and has been enhanced to include an image of your graduation certificate. This subscription service to Digitary allows you to share documents on-line with other organisations such as employers or other educational institutions. Further information is available on the University website.

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