Graduation Update from Prof David Richardson, UEA's Vice-Chancellor - 10 June 2020
One of the hardest things I have had to do in my time as Vice-Chancellor was to cancel our July Graduation ceremonies this year. These ceremonies are a highlight of the academic year and I promised I would look into the alternative options and contact you again about what we would do. I know not just you but your family and friends want to celebrate your hard work and we have been considering carefully how we can best do this.
I am very pleased to be able to confirm to you that we will hold Graduation ceremonies for you on campus in the summer of 2021. We hope you will be able to plan ahead and that as many of you as possible will be able to return with family and friends to Norwich for what will be a unique and special series of Graduation ceremonies for our 2020 students. The exact dates are being planned for between 12-30 July 2021 and the Graduation Office will be in regular contact with you in the weeks and months ahead. Please do provide them with your latest contact details when they ask you to complete the online registration process so we can keep in contact with you.
As a UEA graduate you will be part of an international community of more than 145,000 alumni living and working right across the globe. Our graduates have been doing amazing things during this crisis, from working in the medical frontline to supporting their local communities, and you can read some of their stories on the community blog. The alumni team is here to help you stay in touch with the friends you've made at UEA, introduce you to others in the international community, and to let you know about career opportunities, relevant full-time, part-time and free courses and special events. You will hear directly from the team soon.
I want to end by saying I know it may seem a while away at this moment but I hope you will be able to save your Graduation dates now and I very much look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the summer of next year for a very special occasion to formally mark and celebrate your achievements in achieving so much at a time of the biggest national crisis since the end of the Second World War.
I want to wish you every success in whatever and wherever the future may take you.
Prof David Richardson
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, although please be patient during these challenging times.