Graduation

Graduation is a significant milestone in every student’s career – it’s an opportunity for the University to formally recognise your hard work and congratulate you on your success.

It’s also a special time for family and friends, who will watch from near and far to celebrate your achievements. Most importantly, it’s a special time for you – an unforgettable moment and the beginning of your future.

Coronavirus: Important update December 2020 Graduation ceremonies

Because of the restrictions and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, some of which have been very recently tightened, we have unfortunately have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the in-person graduation ceremonies.

December graduation ceremonies: A message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the health, welfare and safety of our students, staff and visitors remains our top priority. Because of the restrictions and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, some of which have been very recently tightened, I am very sorry to tell students that we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the in-person graduation ceremonies.

Students who complete their degree requirements will, of course, still graduate  eventhough there won’t be an immediate ceremony. We will absolutely continue to look at how we can celebrate in person with graduands on campus, however following the Prime Minister’s statement on 22 September 2020 that suggested current restrictions may be in place for six months; it is likely that we will not be able to confirm any such plans until spring 2021 at the earliest. Even then this will be subject to UK government advice at that time.

I realise that this news will be disappointing to students and I share that disappointment, as graduation is to me the most important part of our academic year.

I hope that students will understand that as we can't guarantee that the ceremonies can go ahead, we are taking this decision now to give them as much notice as possible, to avoid disrupting plans further, at a later date.

Graduands should all feel very proud of the hard work that has earned them their degree and we look forward to welcoming them into our global alumni community of half a million graduates.

In the coming weeks we will be looking at organising virtual celebrations to enable students to celebrate their achievement alongside family, friends and classmates. As a potential graduand for December, we will be in touch during October and November with details of these plans and any actions needed to fulfil to ensure we can provide the correct award documentation. We will ensure certificates are posted to students and should be received no later than 1 February 2021. Digital transcripts will be accessible no later than 21 December 2020.

I am very proud of everyone who graduates from our University, and that is particularly true this December. Thank you for rising to the challenges that this pandemic has placed upon us all.

Please also remember that the connection to Manchester is lifelong. Our global community of Manchester alumni is there to support graduands and share their knowledge and experience. We will be in touch in the coming months with details of how to make the most of our alumni community, and of when we hope to welcome students back to Manchester to graduate in person if they wish.

Please stay safe and well.

Nancy Rothwell
President and Vice-Chancellor