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 hosted 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 was hosted by the Dean of that Faculty and included an address from a member of the senior management of the University, a final year student and a guest speaker. There are also messages from fellow Class of 2020 members.

These events are not a replacement for graduation and not all students will have had awards. Therefore, they did not include a roll call of names. 

Virtual celebration events
DateFacultyYouTube recordingGuest speaker
Friday 17 July  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 Science Science celebration Dame Julia Slingo DBE FRS


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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.

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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:

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