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Graduation Ceremonies

 

Postponement of the summer 2021 graduation ceremonies

Our graduation ceremonies are something that all of us at the University look forward to, and we know it is one of the highlights of your time with us here at Hull. We are committed to offering students and their families the best possible graduation experience, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our whole community. 

While the indicative date for restrictions being lifted is 21 June 2021, we cannot rule out any delays. There is also the added uncertainty around whether social distancing will still be in place and whether travel will be allowed. 

With this in mind, after careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the programme of summer 2021 graduation ceremonies, including those that we had been hoping to reschedule for the Class of 2020. 

We know this will be really disappointing for all of you who are due to attend a graduation ceremony during this period, especially after such a difficult year. 

We have made this decision now to ensure that those of you due to graduate this year have plenty of notice and to enable us to start working on the revised ceremony plans, with the aim of allowing graduating students to mark this major milestone in a safe and enjoyable way befitting of your achievements.

Once again, we know that many of you will be saddened by this decision and thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the next steps.

Information on graduation and the ‘graduating ceremony’

We wanted to remind you of the difference between graduation (being awarded your degree) and the graduation ceremony (where we celebrate your achievement).

You become a graduate when the Board of Examiners awards your degree, satisfied that you have met the Programme Learning Outcomes. The graduation ceremony is an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate your success with you. We know that this ceremony is very special to you and your families and we are taking the following next steps as below to reschedule these. Your health and safety and that of your family remains our first priority and we know from your feedback that you would prefer to have a meaningful graduation ceremony when the pandemic allows.

Next steps 

Work has commenced on the revised ceremony plans and currently we are looking to reschedule the ceremonies.

We will of course keep you updated on this as we work through the Government’s roadmap and as restrictions start to ease with further details to be shared in the coming weeks. Any plans will continue to be subject to Government guidance and the COVID-19 picture at the time, and therefore, may change. 

Once again, we know that many of you will be saddened by this decision and thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the next steps.