Class of 2020 and 2021 Awards Ceremonies

Postponed ceremonies planned for spring 2022

Thank you for your patience while we worked through the uncertainty of the past year and a half. As you know, it was a difficult but necessary decision to postpone the 2020 and July 2021 Awards Ceremonies due to COVID-19.

We have now made the decision that the November 2021 ceremonies will also be postponed and that all postponed in-person ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 will take place in spring 2022. We think that this decision will allow us to ensure that the ceremonies are a truly fantastic celebration of all that you have achieved.

We know that you may be disappointed that the ceremonies are not planned for this year. This decision is due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 regulations for large-scale events and the time it takes to plan the ceremonies. There are 16,000 graduates, plus their guests, who will be invited to these ceremonies, and we believe this decision will prioritise everyone’s safety and minimise the likelihood of last-minute changes or cancellations.

We plan to open registration for these Awards Ceremonies in autumn 2021 and will be in touch by email before this to confirm the dates and venue of the ceremonies.

We held some graduate photo days in June, and as the ceremonies will not take place this year we will be putting on some more photo days in September to give you the chance to get your professional photo in academic robes.

Find out more about photo days and how to register

Gloucester Cathedral Awards Ceremony

We have made the difficult decision that no ceremonies will be taking place in 2021, including the Gloucester Cathedral ceremony. 

We will be contacting all eligible Gloucester class of 2020 and 2021 students by email with more information about your ceremonies in late July. Please contact if you have not received this email.

Keep your details up to date

All direct contact about your Awards Ceremony will be sent to your personal email address. Please make sure that your myUWE is updated with your most current personal email address or you can contact us by emailing to update your contact details.

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. These should have been sent to the home address on your student record.  

Find out more about certificates for graduating students.