We have taken the decision, as a University, to postpone all
2020 awards ceremonies, this includes both the July and November
We have provisionally set some dates in February/March 2021 to
hold the postponed ceremonies. We also plan to hold virtual
ceremonies in the coming months – these will be for all students
eligible for a July ceremony who receive their results before
Monday 21 September and will be in addition to the postponed
ceremonies in spring 2021.
If you are eligible to attend a ceremony this year you
will receive an email by 3 July with more information about
registering your interest to attend the postponed ceremonies. If
you have not received this email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible. Further information about virtual
ceremonies will also be sent to eligible students.
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
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.
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.
If you have further questions you might find your questions are
Why have the award ceremonies been
The decision to postpone the ceremonies has
been taken due to the ongoing global COVID-19 (coronavirus)
pandemic and is based on us prioritising the health and safety of
you and your guests, as well as wanting you all to experience, in
person, a great graduation day.
Will the ceremonies be re-arranged?
We have provisionally set some dates in
February/March 2021 to hold the postponed ceremonies, although the
unpredictability of the situation means we will be continuing to
monitor the situation and adjust plans as required.
Do I have to attend my award ceremony to
complete my degree?
No, attendance at the award ceremonies is
not compulsory. If you chose not to attend the postponed
ceremonies, this will not affect the completion of your
How will I be contacted about rescheduled
If you are eligible to attend a ceremony
this year, you should have received an email with more information
about registering your interest for the February/March 2021
ceremonies. If you have not received this email, please contact
soon as possible. 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.
I have booked travel and accommodation
already, will I get refunded?
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.
Will I still receive my degree
We don’t give out degree certificates at our
ceremonies. Information about receiving your degree certificates
Can I defer if I can’t make the new
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.