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Postponement of graduation ceremonies – July 2020 and January 2021

As a result of ongoing uncertainty about the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency and because of government limits on gatherings, the University has taken the decision to postpone graduation ceremonies set to take place in January 2021. This follows a similar decision to postpone ceremonies that had been due to be held in July 2020 because of restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic.

We are exploring possible options for replacement ceremonies at a future date. However, we are not yet sure when we will next be able to hold ceremonies for students to celebrate completion of their degrees and diplomas in person.

We will keep all our graduating students fully updated as soon as we have more details about alternative arrangements and look forward to coming together as a community at a later date to mark our students' achievements and the important contributions their families, friends and our staff have made to their academic success.

Please contact if you have any further questions.


Frequently asked questions for students who expected to attend a ceremony in either July 2020 or January 2021.

  • When will I become a Kingston University graduate?
  • All students who successfully complete their course immediately become graduates of the University, even though our ceremonies have had to be postponed.

    The University will keep in touch as more information becomes available. To help us do this, we are urging all our graduating students to ensure we have their up-to-date contact contact details on OSIS.

  • When will I receive my certificate?
  • Students who have successfully completed their degrees and would have been due to attend graduation ceremonies in July 2020 or January 2021 can access Digital Award Certificates on Gradintel*. They can also access the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) via Gradintel too. These are official documents that can be shared with employers, other universities and anyone else who may need to see them, in the same way as physical copies.

    Physical printed certificates can be requested online here. Please remember to provide your current address for posting and allow four weeks for receipt of your certificate.

    We are urging all our students who are about to complete their studies to ensure we have their up-to-date contact details on OSIS so we can keep in touch when we have more information.

    Read this page for updates, more information and how to contact the certificates team directly depending on your query.

    (*If you have only just received your award this can take up to four weeks to be available.)

  • When will graduation ceremonies take place?
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to confirm ceremony dates at the moment as we do not yet know how the ongoing public health emergency will evolve or when government restrictions will be lifted.

    We will be in touch with all students who have just completed their degrees and diplomas as soon as we can provide an update about our revised ceremony dates.

Take our short survey

The graduations team have put together a short survey to find out if you would still be interested in attending a physical in-person graduation, once we can hold them safely, and if there are any other ways we can celebrate your achievements in the meantime. Take the survey here.

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We suggest you check our FAQs to find out everything you need to know about the graduation ceremonies.


Booking your tickets to your graduation ceremony indicates that you adhere to the University's Graduation Ceremony Policies.

Download the Graduation Ceremonies Policies (PDF).

Ready to graduate?

Have you…

  • Checked your ceremony date and time?
  • Cleared any outstanding debt with the University?
  • Applied for your graduate and guest tickets?
  • Received an email confirming your tickets have been purchased?
  • Hired your gown?
  • Downloaded and printed your ceremony information leaflet?
  • Informed the graduations team of any special requirements you or your guests have?

What our graduates say

"The fact that graduations are being held locally and it's near the river meant that I could take many memorable photos with my friends and family."
Kamolthip Sri-Aim – International Business Management MA

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