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Frequently asked questions regarding 2021 in-person graduation ceremonies

What kind of celebration is UCL hosting for students graduating during the pandemic?

Given the uncertainties around the pandemic and the UK Government restrictions, UCL has decided to postpone in-person ceremonies until 2022.

Students who are due to graduate in 2021 will be invited to a virtual ceremony.  The virtual ceremony will allow an opportunity to come together to recognise of your achievements and to celebrate with your faculty and peers.

We hope all students who have already graduated in 2020 and those students who are due to graduate in 2021 will be able to join us for a very special in-person event in 2022 when we can come together and celebrate your time at UCL and your graduation.  We will let you know more details about this event later this year. 

 

I graduated in 2020, when should I expect to hear about the in-person celebration event in 2022?

Information will be provided by email later in the year. Please ensure your personal email address is up-to-date on Portico so that you receive any information about the special in-person ceremonies. 

 

I graduated in 2020 but I still have not received my certificate.

Degree certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 3 months from the date of conferral of your award to your home address on Portico, however, due to the current climate this might take slightly longer.  Please contact Student Records if you have not received your certificate and transcript.

 

I am due to graduate in 2021, when will I receive further details regarding my virtual ceremony and the 2022 celebration event?

If you are eligible to attend a virtual ceremony and the 2022 in-person celebration event, you will receive more details by email later in the year.  Please ensure your personal email address is up-to-date on Portico.

 

Can I attend both the virtual ceremony in 2021 and the 2022 celebration event?

Yes. The virtual ceremony is a recognition of your achievements and a celebration with your faculty and peers in 2021.  Details regarding the in-person 2022 ceremony will be provided in due course. 

 

Do I have to attend my graduation ceremony?

Attendance at your graduation ceremony is optional.  You will still receive your certificate and transcript in the post.

 

Do I need to physically attend a graduation ceremony to access alumni services?

No, once you have completed your studies you will automatically become a member of the UCL Alumni community - a global network of over 300,000 UCL graduates. You will then have access to a wide range of services and benefits, including three years of continued access to UCL Careers services, alumni mentoring on the Alumni Online Community, and free access to a fantastic range of academic e-journals. For further information on everything available to our alumni community, visit the UCL Alumni webpages.

 

Is my degree still valid if I don’t attend my graduation ceremony?

Yes, your degree will be valid, and you will receive your degree certificate and transcript in the post.  Degree certificates and final transcripts are dispatched within 3 months from the date of conferral of your award to your home address on Portico, however, due to the current climate this might take slightly longer.  Please make sure that your home address details are up-to-date on Portico.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible to attend a virtual ceremony and/or the 2022 celebration event? 

If you are eligible to attend a virtual ceremony, you will receive an invitation by email:

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students will be invited to a virtual ceremony if they have a conferred award on their student record by 01 August 2021.

Postgraduate Taught Students

Taught Postgraduate Graduate students must have a conferred award on their student record by 01 April 2021.  Those who have an award conferred on their student record after 01 April 2021 will be invited to attend the graduation ceremonies in the following year.

Postgraduate Research Students

Postgraduate Research students will be selected for the virtual ceremony based on their award date and when the award is issued.  To be eligible to attend the virtual ceremony their degree must be awarded on, or before, the 28 April 2021.  Research Graduates with an award conferred on their student record after 28 April 2021, will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony in the following year.

If you have any queries, please contact the Research Degrees team. 

PGCE Students

PGCE students must have had an award on their student record by 01 April 2021 in order to attend a virtual ceremony.  PGCE students with an award conferred on their student record after 01 April 2021 will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony in the following year.

 

Can friends and family attend the virtual ceremony?

Yes, if you confirm your attendance once the registration process begins.  You will be sent information on how your friends and family can watch your virtual ceremony.

 

When will the registration open for virtual ceremonies?  

Further details will be confirmed in due course.  Please ensure your personal email address is up-to-date on Portico.

 

Contact us

If your questions have not been answered in our FAQs or the other pages of the website, you can contact the Graduation Ceremonies team by emailing ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk. Please remember to quote your student number (for example: 12345678) when emailing. Be assured that we are doing our best to answer all of your emails within 3 working days.