Class of 2020 Awards Ceremonies

Class of 2020 – ceremonies update

Having reviewed the government’s roadmap announced on 22 February 2021 and what this means for planning and holding large scale events, and carefully considering all the guidance, we have come to the difficult decision that we cannot deliver any ceremonies, including postponed 2020 ceremonies, this summer.

While the government’s roadmap is hopeful for a return to something closer to normality by June, the dates stated in this roadmap are the earliest potential dates for this to happen these can change without much notice. With the level of planning required, not only for the University, but also for many students who will need to organise travel and accommodation, the risk of a late stage cancellation is too high.

We continue to plan and once we are able to provide more information about when your Awards Ceremony will take place we will be in touch. Thank you for your patience, we know that this past year has been difficult for you all but please be rest assured we will do all we can to give you the graduation you all deserve.

Virtual Ceremonies

We held Virtual Ceremonies in October 2020 and February 2021 for all class of 2020 graduates and it was fantastic to see so many of you celebrating on screen with homemade mortar boards, balloons and furry friends! 

These ceremonies were in addition to any future in-person celebrations that take place, so if you attended a Virtual Ceremony you will still be able to register for future in-person ceremonies if and when these take place. 

Gloucester Cathedral Awards Ceremony 

The 2020 Gloucester Cathedral Awards Ceremony will be combined with this 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

If you were eligible to attend a ceremony in 2020, you should have received an email on 16 March 2021 updating you that no ceremonies would take place in summer 2021. If you did not received this email, please contact as soon as possible.

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

Find out more about certificates for graduating students.