Graduation Ceremony FAQs Graduation Ceremony FAQs

Updated Graduation Statement from UEA Vice-Chancellor David Richardson (27.03.20)

We are currently operating in unprecedented times and I wanted to clarify it is the July Graduation ceremonies that we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel. I do want to assure you that we will be exploring all the options available to provide an alternative Graduation celebration at a future date when the country is not affected by restrictions to national and international travel and group gatherings.

I am sure you will appreciate we are not able to rush into making new arrangements or confirming a new date until we have clarity regarding the extent and period over which restrictions may apply.

The safety of all our students and staff is the priority at this time but I want to assure you that I fully appreciate that a ceremony is an important event for you and your family and friends and I will contact you again when we have more information about how and when we will be able to achieve this.

Please do continue to follow the latest public health advice and stay safe. 

Q: Why have July’s Graduation ceremonies been cancelled?

A: Our Graduation ceremonies involve thousands of people travelling to campus from across the globe, and as the COVID-19 pandemic develops, UEA cannot allow such an event to take place for the safety of our staff, students and their guests. This is in line with the Governments’ advice to cancel large-scale events to prevent the spread of the virus, and you will have seen many of this summers’ major festivals and sports events have also been cancelled.

Due to the complexities surrounding COVID-19 and the fact we simply do not know when it will be safe to hold large-scale events again, it is not possible to postpone the event.

Q: When will I receive my certificate?

A: The Graduation Office will contact you in the coming months to confirm how and when your certificate will be sent.

Q: What date will appear on my certificate?

A: Students will still graduate “in absentia” this summer. We cannot confirm the precise dates yet due to the changes to assessment processes for this year but we will issue certificates over the summer.

Q: What about if my question isn’t covered here?

A: If your answer isn’t covered in our FAQs, you can email, although please be patient during these challenging times.