Unfortunately, not. We’re gutted, but due to the impact of COVID-19 on the ability to deliver the full graduation experience we all want (i.e, a venue full of graduates and their nearest and dearest not worrying about restrictions or last-minute cancellations due to changes in the pandemic), this year's ceremonies have been moved to 2022.
GraduationAnnual 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.
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. We’ll also be sharing details on some special activities we have for the Class of 2021 over the summer and will be encouraging all final year students to keep an eye on their emails for more details soon.
FAQ for students and graduates
Will the 2021 graduation ceremonies still go ahead?
I graduated in 2020, what does this mean for my ceremony?
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the Class of 2020. We are committed to your Graduation ceremony and hope that these will be in 2022 so you can share this unique moment with your friends, family and supporters.
Why are you taking this decision now?
We wanted to give you and your friends, family and supporters clarity as early as possible and before confirmation of exam results.
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?
There are still significant questions around large scale events and unknowns on the horizon. 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 graduation experience that you deserve. Also, for those that have to travel far including International Students, we want to make sure that when we give a date, we’re confident that it will go ahead.
Why are there no revised graduation ceremony dates?
We are working with the ceremony venue (The Royal Festival Hall) to arrange new dates, but until we have clarity on when a high-quality graduation experience is possible, we cannot commit to new dates just yet.
How will I be notified when the new ceremony dates are confirmed?
If you sign up to our Alumni network with your personal email address we can email details directly to you. We'll also be sharing updates to your LSBU email and via the main @LSBU social media channels. You can also bookmark this webpage to keep an eye out for future developments.
Am I still a graduate if I do not attend the graduation?
Yes, not attending the graduation ceremony does not affect the credentials of your qualification. You are still a Class of 2021 LSBU graduate.
How and when do I receive my degree certificate?
What will happen if I have summer resits?
Just because you have not yet achieved your intended award, you have not missed out on your opportunity to graduate. If you’re permitted to re-take any of your exams or are in the process of an appeal, you will be re-invited to the next set of ceremonies once you have successfully completed your course. You will resit as normal, and it won’t hold up your certificate.
Do I have to pay for a graduation ticket?
Graduation is free to all graduates to attend and the delay will not affect this.
Will I still be able to bring guests and buy guests tickets?
Yes, we know that sharing this unique moment with your friends, family and supporters is key and a core reason for a decision to move ceremonies to 2022 so we can make this happen for everyone!
I may not be able to attend the ceremony on the next proposed date so can I attend a future ceremony?
Yes, you will be able to attend and graduate with future graduates.
When should I plan to make travel arrangements for the new ceremonies?
Please do not make travel or accommodation plans until we have notified you of the new dates. It’s part of the reason we are pushing back the dates, as we’d hate it if people lost money on travel and accommodation due to a last-minute cancellation caused by the pandemic and Government guidance.
Can I buy graduation merchandise that says Class of 2021?
Yes, graduation merchandise is sold through our partners at Campus Clothing uk.campusclothing.com. We are working on the new merchandise for the Class of 2021 and will notify you when those items are available to buy.
How will you support final year LSBU Graduates in this difficult job market?
We’ve designed a Graduate Skills Programme to support you as you start to make the transition from graduate into the world of work, with carefully planned sessions delivered across June, July and August. We’ll be in touch via your LSBU email address with more details soon!
What if I'm interested in postgraduate studies?
LSBU is putting in place a special scholarship scheme for students who would like to transfer directly onto a postgraduate taught course commencing in either September 2021 or January 2022. More information on this will be shared shortly.
What student support is available to me?
My question isn't covered here
Please email the Graduation Team at Graduate@lsbu.ac.uk