Postponed ceremony information

We have taken the decision, as a University, to postpone all 2020 awards ceremonies, this includes both the July and November series.

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 graduation@uwe.ac.uk 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 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.

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 answered here:

Why have the award ceremonies been postponed?

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 degree.

How will I be contacted about rescheduled ceremonies?

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 graduation@uwe.ac.uk as 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 certificate?

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

Can I defer if I 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.

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