Postponed ceremony information

We have taken the decision, as a University, to postpone all 2020 Awards Ceremonies. This includes the July, October and November series.

What's happening

Postponed ceremonies

We have provisionally set some dates in February/March 2021 to hold the postponed ceremonies. If you are eligible to attend a ceremony this year you will have received an email with more information about registering your interest to attend the postponed ceremonies. If you have not received this email, please contact as soon as possible.

Virtual Ceremonies

We also plan to hold Virtual Ceremonies in the coming months – these will be for all students who were eligible for a July ceremony and who receive their results before Monday 21 September 2020. These will be in addition to the postponed ceremonies in spring 2021.

Further information about Virtual Ceremonies will be sent to eligible students.

Keep your details up to date

All direct contact about your awards ceremony will be sent to your personal email address, so please make sure that your MyUWE is updated with your most current personal email address.

Graduand at her Awards Ceremony wearing robes.

Doing all we can

As you will know, the country is emerging slowly from lockdown, but it is apparent that social distancing will be required for many months ahead to help control the spread of the virus. The ceremonies involve bringing masses of people together and it would be extremely difficult to adhere to social distancing and give you and your guests the best graduation experience possible. We will be continuing to monitor the situation and adjust plans as required.

We know that you will be disappointed and that the end to your time at the University has been affected by the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to make sure you can celebrate your achievements with your friends and family, when the time is right to do so.

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.

Key details

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 you contact your hotels/travel providers as soon as possible to explain the situation.

Receiving your degree certificate

We don’t give out degree certificates at our ceremonies. Information about receiving your degree certificates will follow.

If you can't make the new date

This is an unprecedented situation. Due to ceremonies taking place for 20/21 cohort in summer of 2021, we do not have capacity to allow deferral. We will only allow deferrals from spring 2021 in exceptional circumstances.