Virtual celebration

Information about July 2020 virtual celebration events, which will be held in addition to the usual in-person graduation ceremonies that are currently postponed.

Virtual celebration events

Virtual celebration events are not a replacement or a replica for your graduation ceremony, which you will attend in person and we hope will take place soon.

Virtual celebration events are an additional way to celebrate this unique moment with final year students, reflect on your time at the University and in the city, and look to the future.

In July, we will be hosting six live faculty events to reflect on this unique year and your time with us. You can check which Faculty you are part of.

Each event will be hosted by the Dean of that Faculty and will include an address from a member of the senior management of the University, a final year student and a guest speaker. The events will open at 9.45 am and close at 11.15 am.

These events are not a replacement for graduation and not all students will have had awards. Therefore, they will not include a roll call of names. However we would like to include messages and pictures from the Class of 2020 and you can submit these here.

How to register

You can register for the events via the following Zoom webinar links: 

Virtual celebration events
DateTimeFacultyZoom linkYouTube recordingGuest speaker
Friday 17 July 

10-11 am 

Health Sciences   Health Sciences celebration Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Monday 20 July


Social Sciences and Law   Social Sciences and Law celebration The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE
Friday 24 July


Arts   Arts celebration Vanessa Kisuule
Tuesday 28 July


Life Sciences   Life Sciences celebration Sir Paul Nurse FRS
Wednesday 29 July


Engineering   Engineering celebration Jenny Griffiths MBE
Thursday 30 July


You can join from 9.45 am

Science Science virtual celebration   Dame Julia Slingo DBE FRS


Event notes

  • Before registering please view the code of conduct and privacy statements
  • These events are aimed at final year students and staff. Due to limits on numbers on attendees please do not share the registration link with supporters to avoid other students missing out on places
  • Please note that these events will be recorded to share with those unable to attend live including your supporters
  • You will be able to submit questions for the guest speaker during the event and before the event
  • Please advise us on registration of any access requirements on registering. The event will include British Sign Language interpretation
  • Schools may also be holding their own events. These can be seen in the timetables below, which will be updated with new events. Schools will contact you directly with details.

For all virtual celebration queries email:



We are committed that all of you will be invited back to attend your graduation ceremony.

Currently, we are not able to confirm rescheduled dates because of the ongoing uncertainty on when mass gatherings will be allowed. We will keep you updated at the earliest opportunity to allow you to make plans, and anticipate that these will now be in 2021.

Please note that the only virtual graduation ceremony that has taken place this summer is for the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses who had to graduate in order to be received into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and thus start practice as keyworkers.

You may have also seen that the Medical students qualified early, of which we can all be very proud, and they too will return for their graduation day when that is possible.

For all graduation queries email:

Awards and certificates

Graduation is the ceremonial event that takes you from graduand to graduate.

However, you will still receive your awards and certificates before graduation ceremonies take place (subject to all tuition fees and bench fees being paid).

You do not need to have attended a graduation ceremony to have these. Education Services colleagues are working hard to ensure that you have your certificates as soon as possible and you can find updates here.

For all awards and certificate queries email:

Faculty and School event timetable

Thursday 30 July

Events on Thursday 30 July 2020
10 to 11 am Science faculty event
11.15 am to 12 pm School of Mathematics
12 to 1pm School of Earth Sciences
1 to 2pm School of Chemistry prize-giving 
2 to 3pm School of Chemistry social
3 to 4pm School of Physics prize-giving
4 to 5pm School of Physics social
5 to 6pm School of Geographical Sciences




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