Summer and Winter 2020 graduations: FAQs

Find out the latest information and advice for students who have graduated in either the summer or winter 2020. We will keep these FAQs updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Will graduation ceremonies take place in summer 2021?

While the government’s roadmap out of lockdown brings us all some optimism for the coming months, it is not currently clear whether social distancing or any other COVID safety measures, including travel restrictions, will still be in operation in the UK later this year. As the 21 June date outlined in the government’s roadmap is the earliest date that restrictions may be lifted, and this is just a few weeks before our graduation ceremonies would usually take place, we have made the very difficult decision not to hold any in-person graduation ceremonies this summer. 

The health of our students, staff and visitors remains our top priority. Due to the many uncertainties, including in relation to travel and accommodation for our graduands and their guests and capacity issues with Whitworth Hall if social distancing remains in place, we’ve made this decision now to give you as much clarity as possible. 

Will there be a future in-person ceremony for graduates whose ceremonies couldn’t go ahead?

Yes, we are pleased to confirm that we are very much looking forward to creating a truly memorable occasion for you next year, with a full ceremony here in Manchester. These ceremonies will take place in either Spring 2022 or Summer 2022, with exact time frames for individual cohorts still to be determined, taking into consideration the latest government advice at the time. 

These rescheduled ceremonies will be for:

  • graduates of the Class of 2020, who missed out on the opportunity to attend their graduation ceremonies in July and December last year, and;

  • those who are due to graduate this summer.

The rescheduled ceremonies to be held next year will run in addition to the usual, scheduled ceremonies that will also be running, for our Class of 2022. We will continue to update these FAQs and contact you as these further details come together. 

How will you let me know about future graduation plans?

We will keep these graduation web pages updated with any new information as it becomes available, and will contact you a soon as we know any more information from the Alumni team. Make sure your contact details are up to date so we can get in touch about any future graduation plans. 

Can I defer my graduation?

All deferrals from graduation sessions are currently suspended.