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Graduation Eligibility Criteria


Receipt of the invitation to register and/or completion of the registration form does not constitute eligibility to attend a Degree Ceremony or to graduate in absentia.

To be eligible to graduate in absentia in July 2020, all of the following must be true:

  • Your name must have appeared on a Pass List approved by the Senate or the Steering Committee by no later than the dates stated below for your level of study:

Undergraduate degrees (Senate/Steering Committee)
In order to meet the Senate committee date, departments must submit finalist examination board results to the Student Records Team by Wednesday 15 July 2020.
Postgraduate taught degrees (Steering Committee)
In order to meet the Steering committee date, departments should submit pass lists to Student Records Team by Tuesday 23 June 2020.
Postgraduate research degrees (Steering Committee)
In order to meet the Steering committee date, the Doctoral College must be in receipt of examiner's reports and all necessary documentation by Friday 26 June 2020, including hard bound copy and CD of thesis for approval at the Steering Committee on Friday 3 July 2020;

  • The award of a degree must have been conferred (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate awards are not eligible for Congregation attendance);
  • You must not have an outstanding study related balance on your University account after 16:00 (GMT) Friday 10 July 2020 (this includes having any library fines outstanding, and funds must be fully cleared by the University's bank);
  • You must have registered your intention with the Awards and Ceremonies Team, by Friday 26 June 2020 (or as set out in your invitation email).

Should the above criteria not all be true for you by the relevant stated dates, but subsequently all become true during the summer of 2020, you will graduate in absentia at the point all criteria are met and your certificate sent to you. Please note that we will be prioritising the sending of certificates for graduates who meet the initial deadlines above.