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Our graduation ceremonies celebrate the end of your years of hard work on your course. Find out when the ceremonies are, what to expect and what you need to do before graduating.

Summer Graduation Ceremonies

Regrettably we are unable to hold graduation ceremonies in person this summer in light of the COVID-19 emergency. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Your safety and that of your families and the wider university community must be our priority.

However, it is right that we celebrate your achievements, overcoming shared challenges, and mark the culmination of years of your hard work and determination.  In light of this, we will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday 7 August 2020.  Wherever you are in the world you will be able to experience a virtual graduation ceremony with your peers, friends and family. You will take to the virtual stage in a short video or image which will be showcased during the ceremony.

All students eligible to graduate will shortly receive an email from the University outlining the arrangements for the graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will start at 11am (UK BST). If you are not able to join it live then don’t worry as the recording will remain available to view for a year afterwards. After the ceremony, you will also receive your unique graduation clip, which you can share with family, friends and on social media.

While this is the best possible solution at this time for our graduating students during the global pandemic, the university will also provide an opportunity in future for you to celebrate your achievements in person at an awards ceremony, alongside your peers and family, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you at graduation.

Gown Hire

To help you celebrate virtually, we will release an RGU Snapchat graduation filter, so you can don your gown and cap from wherever you are. You also have the option of hiring a gown if you wish to fully look the part.

If you wish to hire a gown, please visit the Ede and Ravenscroft website and follow the instructions.  The gowns are hired for a period of 7 days and include free postage.

  1. Select your institution, ceremony date and award level
  2. Use the academic dress wizard from the graduation hub page to add the correct dress to your basket
  3. Proceed to the checkout

If you have any queries regarding arrangements for your graduation please email in the first instance:

Student Records 
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For any finance enquiries please contact:

Student Finance
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Honorary Graduates

The purpose of the award of honorary degrees is to recognise significant achievement by individuals, and in particular those achievements that promote the same values and objectives as those that are held by the University.

The University will not necessarily award honorary degrees during each academic year or for each graduation. The conferring of the awards provides an opportunity for the University to make a strong statement about its own mission and values.

The University will not award an honorary degree to serving politicians or heads of state.



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