Frenquently asked questions for 2020 and 2021 graduates

Graduation involves 3,000+ people per day attending ceremonies and so holding graduation on our campuses this summer would involve the mixing of tens of thousands of people over a two-week period in Devon and Cornwall.

Our priority must be the health and safety of everyone attending, whilst providing the best possible experience. With this in mind, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone our ceremonies on campus because of the ongoing public health risk caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know this is disappointing news, but our priority is to give you the safe and celebratory ceremony you deserve.

Whilst there is cause for optimism with the roll out of the UK’s vaccination programme and the roadmap out of lockdown, there are still many barriers to overcome. It is not possible to plan any large-scale in-person events with any certainty because while COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to lift in the UK, the government’s roadmap is cautious and there can be no guarantees that further restrictions will have been lifted by the summer.

In addition, the pandemic is still a significant threat in many parts of the world and quarantine arrangements for entry into the UK and subsequent return to other countries, will make it impossible for some international students and their loved ones to attend this summer.

We know how much graduation means and that it is an important moment to recognise your achievements. Because we know a physical event is preferable for a lot of our students, as is the importance of celebrating with loved ones, we are rescheduling the in-person ceremonies to summer 2022. This will apply to graduates from 2020 and 2021. It will provide the opportunity to come together next year for what will be a high quality, full Graduation experience to celebrate your success, should the pandemic permit.

This currently does not include the Winter 2021 Graduates. COVID-19 guidelines permitting, we hope to go ahead with Winter Graduation in December 2021.

Exeter Graduation Dates:

  • Winter 2021 Graduates: Friday 10th December 2021- 11th December 2021
  • Streatham Summer and Winter 2020 Graduates: Monday 20th June 2022 – Saturday 25th June 2022
  • Streatham Summer 2021 Graduates: Monday 27th June 2022 – Friday 1st July 2022
  • Streatham Summer 2022 Graduates: Monday 11th July 2022– Friday 15th July 2022

Cornwall Graduation Dates:

  • Cornwall summer 2022 Graduates: Monday 18th July 2022 – Tuesday 19th July 2022
  • Cornwall Summer 2021 Graduates: Wednesday 20th July 2022 – Thursday 21st July 2022
  • Cornwall Summer and Winter 2020 graduates: Friday 22nd July 2022

Exeter and Cornwall ceremony timetables will be posted later in the year

All postponed graduates will be invited to an in-person graduation ceremony in 2022, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. Further information and invites  to the 2022 graduation ceremonies will be communicated in due course.  

Certificates will be posted out from 14th August 2021. Documentation will be sent to the home address that is stated on your record on our Student Record System.   

Please note, we can no longer adjust address details for the print run during August. If your address has changed, you will need to let us know as soon as possible by raising an enquiry in the SID portal using the Graduation tab. Please label this as “Incorrect Address 2021 Graduate” in the subject line. Your documents will then be printed and sent out after our second print run, at some point in September. 

In the meantime, you are able to access your documents securely online via our Digital Certificates Web Student Portal.  

The Digital Certificates Web Student Portal enables you to view electronic versions (in PDF format) of your qualification and status documents; it allows you to share electronic documents with third parties by creating connections; and keep personal details up to date by managing your profile.  

You will need to create an account using your details as they were recorded in the University’s Student Record System (SRS). Details of how to do this can be found here. Please ensure you provide your personal details, e.g. first name and last name, exactly as they did appear in SRS or the registration process may fail verification and the Graduation Team will be automatically notified to review your registration request. 

Instructions for 3rd party providers for whom you have allowed access to your documents are available here. 

We have experienced delays outside of the University’s control with both Royal Mail and courier delivery services such as DHL during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would recommend that you be patient and allow extra time for your documentation to arrive.

Following confirmation that you’ve attained your degree, you will have access to your HEAR transcript as evidence of your academic record and award. Further information regarding your HEAR transcript can be found on the careers website.

For 2021 graduates, you are also able to access your documents securely online via our Digital Certificates Web Student Portal.  

The Digital Certificates Web Student Portal enables you to view electronic versions (in PDF format) of your qualification and status documents; it allows you to share electronic documents with third parties by creating connections; and keep personal details up to date by managing your profile.  

You will need to create an account using your details as recorded in the University’s Student Record System (SRS) including use of your UOE email address. using the link below: 

 

Student Portal

Full instructions of how to do this can be found below:

»  Digital web certificate student portal

Instructions for 3rd party providers for whom you have allowed access to your documents are available below:

» Digital Certificates 3rd Party Portal 

If you wish to purchase your own gown you can do this through our Gowning supplier Graduation Attire on the link below. They offer World Wide delivery and will be able to assist you with any questions.

https://gownhire.evess.co/university-of-exeter/