Virtual Ceremonies

Your Virtual Ceremony

Our Virtual Ceremonies are a great way for you, your family and friends to celebrate your achievements at UWE Bristol.

We know it's been a tough end to your degree here at UWE Bristol, so we wanted to give you an opportunity to celebrate your success together with your cohort.

We will be holding Virtual Ceremonies in October for all students who would normally have been eligible to attend a July Award Ceremony and who receive their results before Monday 21 September 2020.


View the main dates of ceremonies for each faculty below:

  • Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET): Monday 5 October 2020
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL): Tuesday 6 October 2020
  • Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS): Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE): Thursday 8 October 2020

Please note: These dates are just provisional and we are unable to provide exact times until registration has closed and we have a better idea of the number of people attending. We may have to add ceremonies on a different date during the week if we have a very high volume of registrations.

How to register

If you are eligible to attend a virtual graduation you will receive an email with a link to the registration form. The registration deadline for Virtual Ceremonies is Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 16:00.

Please read our terms and conditions before you register

By registering to attend you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.


The ceremony format will be speeches from senior members of university staff and a moment of recognition for each student, with your name read out and your screen visible on the main ceremony feed.

Ceremonies will last around 45 minutes and will be live streamed so that your friends and family can watch and celebrate with you.

Joining and participating

If you have told us you're coming, you will receive an email the week before your ceremony with a link to confirm your name and email address.

You will need to join the event 30 minutes ahead of your start time so the company can assign you into the correct group and brief you before the event starts.


You will need a phone, laptop or computer. We recommend that you find a quiet place, with good internet connection or WiFi signal. If your connection drops out at any point don't worry, you will just need to click your personalised link in your email to re-join the ceremony.

Watch live

The ceremony will be live streamed on the UWE Bristol website, so your friends and family will be able to watch virtually.

Do I need to wear academic dress?

You do not need to wear academic dress for your Virtual Ceremony, but we're encouraging everyone to get creative and make their own hat so that you can look the part on the day!

If you would like to hire official academic dress for the event this is possible but there is a cost which would be in addition to hiring robes for any postponed ceremony you wish to attend. If you would like to find out more about hiring robes for Virtual Ceremonies please contact

Will I be able to see my course mates?

Everyone attending the ceremony will be shown on screen when their names are being read out, so you will have the chance to see everyone.

How will I get my certificate?

We don’t hand out certificates at our ceremonies, these 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