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Graduation - frequently asked questions

If you graduated in 2020 or Summer 2021 you will be invited to a traditional Ceremony next year.

Further information will be emailed to students and added to the website in the Spring. In the meantime, please see our frequently asked questions:

You will be invited to attend ceremonies in either July or December 2022. A form has been sent to you to indicate your preference, please contact our Graduations team if you haven’t received this form.

We anticipate that most Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted by Summer 2022 and with the progress of the vaccination programme it will be safer to hold a physical graduation ceremony next year. Inviting graduates in 2022 will give our international students the best possible chance of sharing the celebrations, as we hope travel restrictions will be eased by this time too.

Holding ceremonies in 2022 will allow us to provide graduates with the best graduation experience and mark a truly memorable occasion without restrictions and with all their family, friends and peers.

Restrictions relating to social distancing and Covid safety measures are expected to remain in place for the winter 2021 ceremonies. For all graduates who have had ceremonies postponed we want to ensure you get to celebrate without restrictions so have taken the decision to host ceremonies in December for those due to graduate at that time only.

Graduands will have the option to decide whether they wish to graduate at the Summer 2022 or Winter 2022 ceremonies.

All students will receive an email to their personal email address registered on our system (your UoB email address will have expired on completion of your studies). You will have received an email asking you to confirm your preference for summer or winter graduation via a form.

We will also post updated information on the Graduation webpage, if you are expecting to attend a graduation ceremony and have not received an email, please contact to check your contact details and your eligibility, please include your UB number as this helps speed up to the process.

If you are due to graduate in December 2021 or at any point in 2022 your ceremony will be the official awarding of your degree. This is called conferment, however you will know before this time your results.

If you graduated in 2020 or Summer 2021 your degree has already been officially awarded, and you are now a member of the University of Bradford’s global alumni network. Your ceremony will have all the same aspects of those in which degrees are presented, but you will not receive another certificate, as this will have already been sent to you.

The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 will be in addition to the standard ceremonies for the Class of 2022, so there will be capacity for everyone who wants to attend to do so.

The Great Hall capacity defines how many guests are able to attend the live ceremony per graduate.

In December 2021 we expect social distance measures to be in place still and there may be some restriction to the number of guests you can bring on campus with you. This will be confirmed as we move closer to the event and will be decided in our risk assessment process to ensure it as safe as possible for the celebrations. In 2022, we anticipate there will be no social distance measures in place and will return to our usual graduation arrangements.

To keep our students, staff, guests and wider community safe, we expect all those attending December’s graduation ceremonies to undertake rapid lateral flow testing for Covid-19 before arrival and to utilise the NHS COVID Pass. We encourage all those attending to be vaccinated and where possible seek double vaccination. The NHS website can be used to order lateral flow test kits or book vaccinations.

Essentially no, we will hold the same number of graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022 as we would have done before the pandemic. The Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 will have their own dedicated ceremonies.