Yesterday I emailed to explain that we had made the difficult decision to cancel the formal Summer Graduation Ceremonies that would normally be held on campus in July.
I should have been more specific as I recognise the announcement has caused concern and added to what is already a very stressful period. It would have been more helpful if I had said ‘postpone’ rather than ‘cancel’.
The current situation makes it impossible for us to plan with any certainty graduation ceremonies in July, as no-one can predict how the pandemic will affect the UK or indeed the world.
Our goal is instead to offer an alternative graduation ceremony, on campus, later in the next academic year for students who will complete their studies in July. We will keep you informed of our plans as and when the situation in relation to the pandemic becomes more stable.
Professor Paul Layzell