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Due to COVID-19 and the current lockdown in London, the University of London will not be able to hold its annual graduation ceremony in March this year (2021). This follows the postponement of its graduation ceremony in March 2020, for graduands of its distance and flexible learning programmes at the Barbican Centre.

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HRH Princess Anne addressing the audience 2019
Our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal presided over the 2019 London Graduation Ceremony, attended by graduates from more than 100 countries.

Important Graduation notice

The current health pandemic has hit us all very hard and here at the University of London, we took the decision to postpone the March 2020 graduation ceremony in order to protect our students and colleagues from the spread of COVID-19.

As London is currently under lockdown and figures for COVID-19 continue to fluctuate, it is with regret that the University is unable to confirm the date of its next graduation ceremony. However, at this stage, the University is able to confirm that it will not be holding a graduation ceremony in March this year (2021).

We would like to assure all our graduates that the health pandemic continues to be kept under review. In any decision made by the University, due consideration will continue to be given to the needs of our graduates and their families, who often have to make complex travel arrangements from around the world to be in London.

In the meantime, the University is pleased to confirm that its Diploma and Transcripts departments are now operational, but working to COVID-19 guidelines. All graduation diplomas and transcripts will continue to be sent, mainly by courier or post, as has been the case in the past.

We will update you again, as soon as the University has made a final decision on its graduation arrangements for next year.

2020 London Graduation FAQs Update

Why has the graduation ceremony been postponed?

The University has taken the difficult decision to postpone the graduation ceremony due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic. We feel that although this will no doubt be disappointing for many graduands, the University must prioritise the health and wellbeing of graduands and their guests.

When will graduation be rescheduled?

At this time, we are unable to provide a new rescheduled date for the graduation ceremony. This is due to the complexities surrounding the Coronavirus and the fact that we simply do not know when it will be safe to reschedule the ceremony. All graduands will of course be kept abreast of any developments as soon as we are able to.

Will I receive a new invitation when the ceremony has been rescheduled?

The rescheduled graduation ceremony will be treated as a new event, for which you will be sent a new invitation letter. This invitation letter will contain all the information you will need to make the necessary arrangements to attend.

Will I get a new visa support letter?

As part of the general process of booking for the rescheduled graduation ceremony, you will be able to request a new visa support letter, should you need it. You will be able to do this through the booking process for the ceremony - the date of which is presently unknown.

Can I still defer my graduation until a later date?

If you are unable to attend the rescheduled graduation ceremony, you may request a deferral to the next ceremony and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you send an email to: with your request for a deferral. We will then add your details to our deferrals list and do our best to accommodate your request.

If I do not want to attend a future graduation ceremony, is there another way I can receive my certificates?

Your certificates are sent to you by post or courier by the University. The certificate is never presented at graduation.