Virtual celebration

Information about July and August 2021 virtual celebration events, which will be held in addition to the usual in-person graduation ceremonies that are currently postponed.

Virtual celebrations

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 in Spring 2022, subject to COVID regulations. This will be dependent on how the pandemic evolves and we will keep all graduands updated.

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 and August, 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 Faculty staff member and will include an address from a member of the senior management of the University, a final year student and a guest speaker. More information will be sent closer to the time. 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 2021 and you can submit these here.

How to register

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

Virtual celebration events
DateFacultyZoom registration linkGuest speakerStudent speaker
Monday 26 July   Life Sciences Life Sciences registration Rhea Singhal  Sebastian Key
Tuesday 27 July Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences and Law registration Dr Katya Adler Lauren Hutfield
Wednesday 28 July Science Science registration Dr Harry Destecroix Izzy Posen
Thursday 29 July  Engineering Engineering registration Dr Tom Carter Amy Conroy
Friday 30 July Arts Arts registration Simon Pegg Tiegan Bingham-Roberts
Thursday 5 August Health Sciences Health Sciences registration Dr Matt Morgan Dr Amber Young


For all virtual celebration queries email:

Event notes

Before registering please view the code of conductand Privacy Statement 2021 (Office document, 17kB).

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, following the events

You will be able to submit questions for the guest speaker during the event and before the event. Please email your questions to

Please advise us on registration of any access requirements. 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 in-person graduation ceremony.

We are not currently able to confirm rescheduled dates because of the ongoing uncertainty on when mass gatherings will be allowed, but hope that ceremonies will take place in Spring 2022. We will keep you updated at the earliest opportunity to allow you to make plans and these will take place in 2022.

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

For all graduation queries email:

Awards and certificates

Graduation is the ceremonial event that takes you from graduand (once your degree is awarded but you have not yet graduated) to graduate. Your date of award is not affected by the graduation postponements and you will receive your certificate before the ceremonies take place (subject to all tuition fees and bench fees being paid). You can find updates about certificates on our FAQ's page.

For all awards and certificate queries email:

Faculty and School event timetable

TimesMonday 26 JulyTuesday 27 JulyWednesday 28 JulyThursday 29 JulyFriday 30 JulyThursday 5 August

Faculty event: 

Faculty of Life Sciences

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Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

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Faculty of Science 

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Faculty of Engineering 

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Faculty of Arts

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Faculty of Health Sciences 

11:00-12:00 School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM Programme)   

School of Chemistry 11:00-12:00 


School of Mathematics 11:15 – 12:15 


School of Biochemistry  

School of Biological Sciences 

  School of Geographical Sciences 12.30 - 1.30       
13:00-14:00 School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience           
14:00-15:00 School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Biomedical Sciences Programme)        School of Modern Languages   
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