Annual graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University calendar

As a consequence of public health actions to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the very painful decision to cancel our autumn 2020 Graduation ceremonies.

We know that graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the academic year – and more importantly, they are the culmination of your hard work and an opportunity for you to celebrate your achievements with your friends and family.

We do hope to hold a ceremony for the Class of 2020 and we are working with our venue on what the options could be for holding your ceremony in 2021. With the guidelines currently not allowing large events and use of exhibition and conferencing spaces, we would rather wait until we have something more definitive than give a date and have to disappoint you if it has to be changed again.

We're really sorry that Graduation 2020 is cancelled and we do apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. We will keep you updated as new plans are formed and please be assured that we are working hard to find a new way to celebrate with you.

After careful consideration, we believe this to be the best decision for our students and their guests. The health and safety of our students and their friends and family is of the utmost importance to us.

Provost Professor Pat Bailey

Celebrating your achievements

We are truly disappointed that we can’t give you the ending you expected and rightly deserve. However, that does not take away from your important accomplishment, hard work, and all of the amazing memories and people you met at LSBU. We are working hard with our venue supplier and taking their advice on when they will be able to hold large events.

Your award, certificate and transcript

Please don’t worry, if you are eligible to graduate this autumn you will have your award conferred as expected. You will have access to your certificates and transcripts, which will be posted out as usual by the exams and conferments team who have been allowed back on campus for that purpose. Members of Student Administration will also be on-site soon to dispatch the transcripts. The fact that we are not holding graduation ceremonies will not affect this in any way.

Confirm your details and stay in touch

In order for you to receive any updates regarding graduation we need the most up to date contact information, we need all students who would have been graduating this year to:

  • Confirm the details that will be on your degree certificate, and make sure we have the right address;
  • Register and join LSBU alumni to tell us how you would like to receive communications from the University after you leave.

Register with alumni today and get your free and exclusive Class of 2020 lapel pin - register here

How we’ll support your next steps

Employability support

Trained advisors can speak to you about your job search and offer direct support to help you into the world of work after you graduate, providing a tailored package of skills advancement, 1-2-1 support, industry delivered webinars, careers coaching, CV reviews plus access to placements, internships and jobs.

Go to the Careers Hub and click on the appointments tab to book your appointment. You can also email or call 020 7815 6441.

Postgraduate study discount of 20%

As an LSBU graduate starting a postgraduate course in 2020/21 you'll qualify for a 20% discount. Click here to find out about fees and funding options.

Future careers

We listen to what industries and employers want and use this as the basis for all our courses. Our graduates have gone on to find success in all kinds of industries. Read our alumni stories to get a better sense of the varied career paths open to you as a graduate of LSBU.

Will the October and November 2020 graduation ceremonies still go ahead?

Why are there no revised graduation ceremony dates?

How will I be notified when the new ceremony dates are confirmed?

Why are you taking this decision now?

Am I still a graduate if I do not attend the graduation?

How and when do I receive my degree certificate?

What will happen if I have summer resits?

Will postponing graduation mean I will have to pay for my ticket?

Will I still be able to bring guests and buy guests tickets?

I may not be able to attend the ceremony on the next proposed date so can I attend a future ceremony?

When should I plan to make travel arrangements for the new ceremonies?

Will social distancing still be enforced for these new ceremony dates and will this then affect how many guests I can bring?

If I have to move back abroad before the new ceremony dates is there an online option to attend graduation?

Can I buy graduation merchandise that says Class of 2020?

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