Graduation Update from Prof David Richardson, UEA's Vice-Chancellor - 27 March 2020
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.
Prof David Richardson
Message from Prof David Richardson, UEA's Vice-Chancellor - 26 March 2020
It is with great sadness that I have had to take the decision to cancel July’s Graduation ceremonies this year, which were due to take place 15-22 July 2020. I hope you will appreciate that I am taking responsible action during these unprecedented times.
I want to assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly, as I understand that Graduation ceremonies are the culmination of years of hard work for students, where you come together to celebrate with staff, family and friends.
However, our Graduation ceremonies involve thousands of people travelling to campus from across the globe, and as the COVID-19 pandemic develops it would not be appropriate to hold such an event - for the safety of our staff, students and their guests. This is in line with the Government’s advice to cancel large-scale events to prevent the spread of the virus, and you will have seen some of this summer’s festivals and sports events in the UK and across the world also being cancelled over the past few days, most notably July’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
While in the current unprecedented environment we unfortunately cannot make a specific alternative arrangements at this time, but we will explore if there are options in the future to mark and celebrate your hard work when we are in a position to do so.
You will know that all teaching has been moved online, and exams will be online wherever possible. You will have been receiving separate communications about the assessment processes which will be adopted by your individual schools and there will be more information on this in the coming weeks. All students who meet the appropriate requirements for their degree will receive their certificate over the summer by post.
Students will be contacted by the Graduation Office in the coming months, so they have up-to-date details for you.
If you have any questions, please visit UEA’s dedicated FAQs page. If your query is not covered in our FAQs, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, although I would ask for your patience during these challenging times.
I wanted to provide clarification around our July Graduation ceremonies as soon as I was able to do so. Thank you for your understanding and I will be communicating with you further in due course.
Prof David Richardson
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 email@example.com, although please be patient during these challenging times.