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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of London has decided to postpone the graduation ceremony for students of our distance and flexible learning programmes which was scheduled to take place in London on 3 March at the Barbican Centre. Our international student community, along with friends and family, scheduled to attend the ceremony consists of some 4,000 attendees from over 100 countries.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Chris Cobb said: “We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the ongoing coronavirus issue.  We truly regret the inconvenience caused but, after careful consideration, we felt it important to minimise the risk to our students and their guests.  This event is different to many others due to the large numbers of attendees travelling from affected regions and the potential impact it may have on others attending and travelling back to regions which are currently unaffected.”
 

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 be eligible for a refund?

All graduands who have purchased guest tickets for the graduation ceremony and ordered DVDs will be eligible for a full refund. This will be done automatically, without the need for a formal request.  Please bear in mind that given the circumstances, refunds may take some time process, although we will be working to complete these as soon as possible.

An external supplier, Ede & Ravenscroft, provides the gowning and photography for graduation. You will need to contact this supplier directly to request a refund for your gown and/or photography. You may find this link helpful in this regard: www.gownhire.co.uk
 

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: universityevents@london.ac.uk 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.

Will the free Senate House Tours take place on Sunday 1 March and Monday 2 March as planned?

The Senate House Tours will not go ahead as planned for the two days. We hope to run these again as part of the rescheduled Graduation Ceremony event.

I’ve registered for the Graduation Celebration Evening event. Will my ticket be refunded?

All tickets for the Graduation Celebration Evening event will be refunded automatically.  You don’t need to take any action.  If there are any issues with processing refunds, the University will contact the individuals involved.

I am trying to register for the Graduation Celebration Evening event, but the registration page doesn’t work. Why is that?

As part of the decision to postpone the Graduation Ceremony, the University is postponing the Graduation Celebration Evening event, which will be rescheduled in conjunction with the Graduation Ceremony.  As such, we are temporarily not taking new bookings for the Graduation Celebration Evening event until the new date is confirmed. 

I made a donation as part of my registration for the Graduation Celebration Evening event. What will happen to my donation?

The University is grateful for all donations made as part of the Graduation Celebration Evening event registration.  These donations have been directed to support our scholarship fund, and will be used to help provide educational opportunities to other students studying through our distance and flexible learning programmes. If you have made a donation, and wish to discuss this further, please email: development@london.ac.uk

Can I visit Senate House and/or take a photo if I am in the UK in March?

Senate House will be open as usual week commencing 2 March. Most parts of the building are open 9am to 6pm. Graduates may visit whenever they find themselves in London. See: https://london.ac.uk/contact-us#visiting-senate-house-11231 for more information on visiting. 

Can I still pick up my gown for photographs?

There will be no central pickup point for gowns or gown rental at the University. Please contact Ede and Ravenscroft for further information about gowns: www.gownhire.co.uk  

How do I get a refund on my gown hire?

If you have already booked your gown, you will need to contact the gown suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft, to request a refund. The most efficient method of obtaining a refund would be via their call centre with your credit card to hand. Tel: +44 (0) 1223 734759. You can also contact them through their website: www.gownhire.co.uk 

I ordered a Yearbook for collection at the Graduation Ceremony. What will happen with my Yearbook?

Yearbooks will be available for collection at the rescheduled Graduation Ceremony. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled Ceremony please contact: alumni@london.ac.uk and we will arrange for the Yearbook to be shipped to you free of charge.

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.