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Lancaster University’s Class of 2021 graduation ceremony has been postponed

‘It is too much of a risk to plan for a graduation ceremony session in July 2021’


Lancaster University has postponed the Class of 2021’s graduation ceremony, moving it from July 2021 to July 2022. The postponed ceremony will be open to undergraduates from the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

In an email, the university confirmed its plans to reschedule the ceremony: “While we want to celebrate in person this July and we welcome the Government’s roadmap, we also want to provide you with as much certainty as we can about when your graduation ceremony will take place.

“There are still a significant number of unknowns and risks around holding large events this summer and after significant investigations and consultations, we have concluded that it is too much of a risk to plan for a graduation ceremony session in July 2021.We have therefore made the decision that graduation ceremonies for the undergraduate Class of 2021 will take place at an extended summer graduation session in July 2022, subject to it being safe and practicable to hold large events. Graduation in July 2022 is tentatively scheduled for 18-29 July 2022.

“Further details will be confirmed in early 2022. To be clear, subject to confirmation of degree results, you will still graduate this summer. It is just the ceremonies that are delayed.”

It was also announced that graduation ceremonies for the next five years will be subject to larger capacities, ensuring that any students unable to come back to Lancaster to graduate in 2022 will still be able to attend a graduation ceremony at some point in the future. The university said: “We are committed to providing all students the opportunity to attend a traditional graduation ceremony at Lancaster and look forward to welcoming you back to campus.”

There will be a “virtual celebration” held for the Class of 2021 in July, which aims to: “Mark achievements, while saving many of the traditional graduation activities for your postponed ceremony in 2022.”

Further information about Lancaster University’s graduation ceremonies can be found here.

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