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Graduation - Coronavirus (COVID19) update

Graduation Day is a highlight in the academic calendar and a chance to celebrate all you have achieved during your time at the University. Whilst we had very much hoped that the September Graduation Day will be able to go ahead this year, we are sure that you will appreciate that we are not yet in a position to confirm that such a large-scale gathering will be possible at that time, given the views expressed earlier this week by Professor Chris Whitty, the Government’s Chief Medical Advisor.

We wanted to let you know that we are looking at alternative plans, in case the September event cannot go ahead, and will be discussing our proposals with representatives of the Students’ Union as soon as we are able. This may take some time, because it is difficult to be certain, at this stage of the COVID-19 crisis and the Government’s response, about all of the options available to us.

We also wanted to say that we are committed to holding a Graduation Day when you can get together again, even if it has to take place later in the 2020/21 academic year or with different arrangements than normal.

At this point, we have decided to defer the opening of the online registration system until we are clear about the Government’s advice on social distancing. We will provide an update to your student email address as soon as we have a revised registration opening date.

We may need to change our Graduation Day plans at short notice, so we strongly advise you not to incur any expenses for travel or accommodation for the September date unless they are fully refundable. If you make such arrangements, you do so at your own risk. The University will not be able to refund any travel, accommodation or other expenses you or your families and friends have incurred in the event that the September Graduation Day is postponed. We also advise those who will be travelling from outside the UK, whatever the final date for the event, to check the travel advice for their home country before making any travel plans.

We are discussing the situation with the companies who contribute to our Graduation Day arrangements to seek their support. We are pleased to say that should postponement be necessary, we have been assured by our nominated gown suppliers that if you have pre-paid for gown hire this can be transferred to the new date for the Graduation Day or a refund can be made. Our official photographers have agreed a similar approach for pre-paid bookings. You will need to make these arrangements, and any alterations to them, directly with the relevant supplier.

The Students’ Union has asked us to say that Year Books purchased by students through the Students’ Union will be available at the graduation ceremony, or posted to you if you are unable to attend or should the event be postponed from September. The Students’ Union is also committed to ensuring that a post-Graduation party will take place following your graduation ceremony.

We will provide a further update on our plans as soon as we are able. Please be assured that we recognise the significance of this occasion for you all, and that, whatever arrangements we need to put in place, we will do our very best to make graduation a special day for you and your families and friends. We look forward to helping celebrate your graduation and, in the meantime, wish you all the very best for your studies in the coming term.

Last updated 24 April 2020

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