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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021 3:23pm

If you are eligible to be invited to a graduation ceremony you will receive an email from the Graduation Team about how to register and what to expect on the day of your ceremony.

Graduations during the coronavirus pandemic

As a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and as previously communicated, we regret to confirm that the July 2021 graduation ceremonies at the Barbican Centre have been postponed.

We understand this news will be disappointing but the health and wellbeing of our students, their guests and our staff remains our priority.

July 2021 Online Graduation Celebrations

To celebrate the achievements of our Summer 2021 graduates we will be holding Online Graduation Celebrations on Tuesday 27th July – Friday 30th July.

We hope that the you will find the below FAQs useful in terms of what to expect at these events:

Will the July 2021 in-person graduation still go ahead?

No. In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University has decided that it is not possible for in-person Graduation ceremonies to go ahead, as scheduled, in July. Instead, students will be invited to Online Graduation Celebrations in July, and further information and instructions about how to receive certificates will be sent to all those affected. Students will also be invited to a future, in-person graduation ceremony, once it is safe to do so.

My Graduation ceremony (July 2021) has been postponed. How do I receive my certificate?

Certificates will be printed and distributed to all graduates following the completion of all final assessment boards in summer 2021.

We will be in contact separately over the coming weeks, with details of how to request your certificate and to confirm your preference from the delivery options available. At the time of writing we are awaiting final confirmation of all assessment boards but currently expect certificates to be produced and distributed at the end of August 2021.

What do I do if I can't join in the online celebration?

We understand that some students may not be able to attend due to restrictions, time zones and internet signal. If you know you won’t be able to attend in advance, please let us know by completing the form when you are asked to register. You will still be able to watch the live stream of the event or, alternatively, watch the celebration when it is uploaded to the City website, after it has taken place.

What can I expect from the Online Graduation celebration?

You will be invited by email to book your place.You will be allocated a celebration date and time, and given instructions on how to access the event on the day.

You will join a virtual room with other graduands on your course, to give you the opportunity to celebrate with your peers.

The celebration will follow a similar format to our usual face-to-face ceremonies. You will watch some speeches and you can expect your name to be read out live. When your name is read, you will be visible to everyone on screen at that point, to acknowledge your achievement.

Guests will be able to watch the live stream of the event. This link will be sent out closer to the event date.

The event will be recorded to view later on the City website.

Can I invite guests to my online celebration?

Yes, we encourage you to get your friends and family involved. The event will be streamed live so they can all watch it too, and it will also be recorded to watch afterwards. This link will be sent out closer to the event date. Please note that your guests will not join the celebration using the same link students are sent - they will instead be watching elsewhere. Further information will follow when you receive your link to the event.

Do we need to wear academic dress?

If you are ‘attending’ the online celebration, you should wear smart dress but academic dress will not be required.

If you do want to order a gown, our gown supplier is Ede & Ravenscroft:

  • 1. Select your institution, ceremony date and award level
  • 2. Use the academic dress wizard from the graduation hub page to add the correct dress to your basket
  • 3. Proceed to the checkout

What software will I need to join my Online Graduation Celebration?

You will be invited to join your celebration which will take place on Zoom. Zoom is a free software which you can access at (sign in using your City email and password).

The Online Graduation Celebration will be live streamed for family and friends to view too.

The Zoom link is for students only; guests will view the live stream from elsewhere. Please do not share your Zoom link with anyone else, as this is a unique link just for you.

What do I do if I have forgotten my City email account log in details?

If you have any trouble accessing your city email please see details of how to reset your password here.

Will there be in-person ceremony?

Yes – we are working hard to plan an in-person graduation ceremony for you, once it is safe to do so.

Will there still be an in-person ceremony and when will this be?

We plan to host an in-person ceremony in the future. As we are awaiting information on the restrictions on gatherings and the current guidance on safety measures, unfortunately we can’t give you an exact date for inviting you to an in-person ceremony. We also wish to review travel restrictions to allow as many of our graduates as possible the chance to join their ceremony. However, as soon as it is safe for us to arrange a face-to-face graduation, we will contact you so you have the opportunity to attend.

Does attending my Online Graduation Celebration mean that I won’t be invited an in-person ceremony in the future?

No – all students eligible to attend an in-person ceremony will be invited when it is safe to offer this, whether or not they have attended an online celebration.

If I have received an invitation to my Online Graduation Celebration, does this mean that I must have passed my course?

No - receiving the invitation does not confirm that you have passed your course. Invitations have been sent to many students before their final assessment boards have been held. In addition passing your course and having your results is not a formal requirement to attend your Celebration.

If you are unsure of the date of your final assessment board and when your results will be available, we would recommend contacting your Course Officer.

Can I still attend my Online Graduation Celebration if I have re-sits in the summer?

Yes - you do not need to have been officially awarded your degree in order to be eligible to attend your Online Graduation Celebration. Even if you are taking re-sits, you are very welcome to attend your celebration event and we would be happy to see you there!

All students will still be invited to a future in-person ceremony in the future, whether or not they choose to attend their Online Graduation Celebration.

January 2021 Online Graduation Celebrations

January 2021 graduation events are available to view on the City website.

Future In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

We are committed to offering all students an in-person Graduation ceremony as soon as we are safely able to offer these.

We are currently paying close attention to both government guidelines on public events and international travel restrictions in preparation for this.

You will be contacted by our Graduation team with an invitation as soon as we have confirmed dates for your in-person ceremony. We intend to offer replacement ceremonies in the order that students missed their ceremonies, starting with Summer 2020 graduates.

This process will continue until all students who have been prevented from attending an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been offered the chance to attend a replacement ceremony.

For details of what to expect when we are able to offer your ceremony please see further guidance here.