Annual graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University calendar

A graduation ceremony should leave everyone feeling incredibly proud and be a cause for huge celebration surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. It’s important to us that our amazing graduates get to experience this once in a lifetime feeling.

We hoped this would happen in autumn 2021. However, to ensure that the Class of 2021 and 2020 will have an unforgettable day and the experience we all want, we will be running graduation ceremonies at the earliest possible opportunity in 2022.

The impact of COVID-19

As we all know, COVID-19 has made large scale gatherings impossible and whilst there is a roadmap out of the current pandemic, there are still significant questions around large scale events and unknowns on the horizon. We've been working hard behind the scenes to try and find a way to deliver the graduation ceremony our graduates deserve, whilst adhering to safety and social distancing measures.

We've reflected on recent government guidance and the advice of our venue partners which has led to the conclusion that a physical ceremony in 2021 won't be the memorable experience that it should be. Rather than delivering an event that is not fitting of our students hard work and effort, we've decided to hold graduation ceremonies as soon as possible in 2022 so that we can celebrate their achievements properly.

We’re all disappointed to have to wait a little longer to celebrate, and we're committed to putting on the best ceremony possible for all our students and their loved ones. Holding the ceremony in 2022 won't affect degree awards, certificates and transcripts which will be conferred as expected and students will have access to them in the summer as normal. We’re also planning several things between now and then to recognise the achievements of our amazing graduates.

Next steps

We will be in touch with further information on the planned 2022 ceremonies and although it seems far away now, we're already looking forward to celebrating with everyone.

In the meantime, we're pleased to share that we have launched the first-ever LSBU Festival of Success for the Class of 2021. Running over the summer, the Festival of Success is packed full of events and opportunities to give you the best possible start in your career, and a chance to celebrate your success with everyone who made your LSBU experience what it was. Register for your Class of 2021 celebration pack, access career advice and much more here.

FAQ for students and graduates

Will the 2021 graduation ceremonies still go ahead?

I graduated in 2020, what does this mean for my ceremony?

Why are you taking this decision now?

The government has said that restrictions could be removed by the end of June so why can’t my ceremony go ahead in the autumn?

Why are there no revised graduation ceremony dates?

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

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?

Do I have to pay for a graduation 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?

Can I buy graduation merchandise that says Class of 2021?

How will you support final year LSBU Graduates in this difficult job market?

What if I'm interested in postgraduate studies?

What student support is available to me?

What is the Festival of Success?

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