Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone our July 2020 and January 2021 graduation ceremonies. In light of the ongoing restrictions and the uncertainty around travel in the coming months we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the in-person graduation ceremonies due to take place in summer 2021. The health of our community of students, staff and visitors is our priority.
 
We understand that this will be disappointing news as graduation ceremonies are incredibly important in the life of the university and in celebrating the spectacular achievements of our students.
 

We have put together some information to address your questions:

 

Will I be able to attend a graduation ceremony in the future?
We fully expect to hold graduation celebrations again in London in the future, which will be open to all those cohorts of students affected by the global pandemic. We will keep you informed as our plans with our venues and suppliers progress.

Can I defer my place to a future ceremony?
As ceremony places are limited, to be fair to all of our students we are unable to accept any requests to defer to future ceremonies until such time that we are able to confirm plans.

We are working to ensure that you are able to attend a celebration with the students who you completed your studies with.  

I was due to attend a previous graduation ceremony in 2019/20 but deferred my place to July 2020. Will I be able to attend a ceremony in the future?

We fully expect to hold graduation celebrations again in London in the future, which will be open to all those cohorts of students affected by the present circumstances. We will keep you informed as developments progress.
 

If you had already deferred your graduation ceremony to July 2020 from a previous cohort, you will be offered the same arrangements as other students who graduated in July 2020. This will not count as a second deferral.

Will I still receive my transcript and degree certificate or award?
All graduates will receive their certificates by post within 3 months of the date of your award. Please ensure your address is updated on Student Records as this is where the certificate will be sent.


We hope that your certificate will reach you sooner, but please note that this window allows for postal delays, international shipping and other unforeseen issues, including those relating to the ongoing pandemic. 

For updates and more specific information about degree certificates, please see Your Degree Certificate.

How do I prove I have graduated whilst I wait for my hard copy degree certificate to arrive?

The quickest and simplest way for you to access documents proving your results, is to do so electronically. To find out more about the options available see our article I need to prove I’ve graduated.

Do I need to attend a ceremony to officially graduate?
Attending a graduation ceremony is not a requirement; you will still graduate and be awarded once all your results have been ratified. Once this process is complete you have officially graduated and attending a ceremony is a celebration event to mark your achievement.

How can I ensure I receive updates regarding future graduation ceremonies?
Please ensure that you have updated your
Student Records with a personal email address as this will be how we contact you regarding future updates.

I am a parent or guest of a graduating student. How can I keep up to date with the latest information regarding what options are available?
We know that graduation ceremonies can be just as important to parents and supporters as they are to our students themselves. We will contact graduating students with an update as soon as we are able to. We will also keep our information up to date here so please do check back regularly. 

What if I need a visa to attend the ceremony?
We understand that some students will need to apply for another visa in order to attend their graduation. As part of the online booking process, you  will be able to request a Visa Assistance Letter to assist the visa application process for yourself or your guests.


Once dates have been confirmed you will be able to request a Visa Letter for yourself or your guests during the online booking process. 

Important to know: Visa Assistance letters produced by the Ceremonies & Events Team cannot be used to support a visa extension application. For support with this, please check 
Immigration & visa advice.

 

Who can I contact with additional questions about graduation ceremonies?

If you’re still looking for more information, please check our Related articles to the right, or take a look through our Graduation category for further articles about graduating and broader information about finishing university.

If you’re still not sure or can’t quite find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to log a case 
with us and we will support you.


If you are studying on one of our online programmes, please do reach out to your dedicated Student Success Advisor directly if you have any queries.

Where can I find the latest information from King’s about Coronavirus?
Our article Coronavirus advice for students will direct you to the latest information and advice.