Graduation

2020 and 2021 Graduation ceremonies

Graduates

Celebrate success

We have considered all possible options for COVID-safe precautions to be able to run ceremonies in 2021. Our highest priority is to keep our community safe during the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. We have concluded that, at this stage, we cannot proceed with confidence to offer ceremonies in September 2021 or later in the Autumn. We are very disappointed not to be able to run ceremonies earlier but are really looking forward to welcoming our graduates and their friends, families and supporters in 2022.

We sought the views of our 2020 graduates and those of our students who are expected to graduate in 2021. We would like to thank everyone who responded to our Graduation survey. The feedback we received has really helped us to shape our thinking and to develop our plans.

We are very pleased to confirm that, if restrictions are lifted as expected, we have now agreed dates for our Graduation ceremonies in 2022, including postponed ceremonies for those students who would have expected to attend our July 2020 and July 2021 Graduation ceremonies.

You can find out more about each Graduation ceremony below, including who is eligible to attend. Ceremony schedules for Winter and Spring 2022 Graduations will be published by October 2021. Further information will be published to our website over the coming months.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at graduation@essex.ac.uk.

Winter Graduation (12 & 13 January 2022)

We had planned to introduce Winter Graduation before the pandemic started, and had hoped to run our first Winter ceremonies in 2020-21. We were unfortunately unable to do so due to the pandemic, but very much hope to run this first Winter Ceremony in 2022.

Students who have their award conferred between 23 July 2021 and 31 December 2021* will be eligible to attend a ceremony at our Winter Graduation across the 12 and 13 January 2022.

A detailed ceremony schedule will be published by October 2021, along with the dates when tickets will be available to book.

*with the exception of East 15 undergraduate awards this year

Spring Graduation (28 March - 1 April 2022)

We are very pleased to confirm that we have agreed dates for Graduation ceremonies for students who had their Graduation ceremony postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who would have expected to attend our July 2020 or July 2021 Graduation ceremonies will be eligible to attend Spring Graduation. Spring Graduation is being run exclusively for these students. Specifically, this will include any student who had their award conferred between 23 July 2019 and 22 July 2021, as well as East 15 undergraduates expecting conferral in August 2021.

A detailed ceremony schedule will be published by October 2021, along with the dates when tickets will be available to book.

Eligible students who wish to attend this Graduation, but are unable to do so, should contact graduation@essex.ac.uk. We are committed to offering all students affected by postponed ceremonies the opportunity to graduate in-person with us.

Online Celebrations Summer 2021

Departments and Schools will be holding Online Celebrations for graduates who have been affected by the postponement of our July 2021 ceremonies to mark and celebrate their success.

Your award documentation

Once your award has been conferred, you are officially an Essex graduate – congratulations!

You will receive formal Award Documentation to verify your achievements. All graduates receive an electronic Award Certificate, as well as a printed, hard copy parchment Award Certificate too. All students with taught components to their degree will also receive an academic transcript, which is available online through the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

You can find out more about Award Documents, including your Certificate, and how you receive these on our Awards webpage.

Stay in touch for updates

We want to keep in touch with our Alumni community and to let you know about ‘all things Essex’ after you officially finish. Please keep your external contact details up to date in ‘My Essex’ and do please let us know how you would like us to communicate with you in the future. You can update your preferences online, all you need is your PR_ID (formatted like ABCDE12345).

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