Postponed ceremony information

We have taken the decision as a University to postpone our 2020 Awards Ceremonies.

No Award Ceremonies in February/March 2021

In July 2020, we set some provisional dates in February/March 2021 for the postponed 2020 Awards Ceremonies. While we hoped that it would be possible for these ceremonies to take place, we knew the situation around the world was uncertain and have, of course, been continuing to monitor government guidance. You will know that the pandemic is ever evolving and, with all the future uncertainties, we have now made the decision that these ceremonies will not be able to go ahead.

We know that you will be disappointed to receive this news, as we know the importance of attending a graduation ceremony to you and your family. We want to be able to deliver them as much as we know you want to attend. Unfortunately, Awards Ceremonies involve thousands of guests, from all over the country and world, and planning them takes around six to nine months. Therefore, it is very difficult in the current highly changeable environment we find ourselves in to plan that far ahead with any kind of certainty.

We will continue to update you about your Awards Ceremony as and when it becomes possible to plan in-person ceremonies.

Virtual Ceremonies

We held Virtual Ceremonies in October 2020 for all students who were eligible for a July ceremony, and we will be holding further Virtual Ceremonies in February 2021 for anyone who didn’t attend one in October, including students who would normally be invited to the November in-person ceremonies.

Eligible students were sent an invitation email in early December, if you didn’t receive this please email

Gloucester Cathedral Awards Ceremony 

The 2020 Gloucester Cathedral Awards Ceremony will be to combined with next year’s Gloucester ceremony, therefore we plan to hold a ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral in November 2021 for 19/20 and 20/21 cohorts.

More information will be sent to eligible students by email when this ceremony is confirmed.

Keep your details up to date

All direct contact about your Awards Ceremony will be sent to your personal email address. If your email address has changed please let us know by emailing

Graduand at her Awards Ceremony wearing robes.

Key details

Attending an Awards Ceremony is not compulsory

It is important to stress that postponing graduation ceremonies does not impact on the University awarding you your degree, providing you meet the requirements of your course. It is not mandatory for you to attend graduation to complete your degree.

Travel and accommodation

Unfortunately, as per the Award Ceremonies terms and conditions, in the event of cancellation due to a pandemic, the University does not accept liability for any costs/expenses incurred by those due to attend the ceremony. We suggest that you do not book any travel or accommodation for any provisional ceremony dates until these are confirmed by the Awards Ceremonies Team.

Receiving your degree certificate

We don’t hand out certificates at our ceremonies. They will be sent to the home address on your student record. Please make sure that your home address is up to date in MyUWE.


Find out more about certificates for graduating students.