Skip to main content
Thursday 25 March 2021

UCLan graduation ceremonies are returning in September

The Preston Campus will host ceremonies for all 2020 and July 2021 graduates between 6 to 17 September

Graduation ceremonies are returning to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) this September.

Thousands of 2020 and summer 2021 graduates will finally have the chance to don their academic caps and gowns on the Preston Campus between 6 to 17 September*.

Last year’s planned ceremonies in July and December, were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our wonderful graduation ceremonies are returning. Graduation is my favourite time of the year as it represents everything that’s fantastic about our University - our students are recognised for their hard work and determination, our staff see the rewards of their effort and unwavering support, and our amazing campus is full of excitement and celebration.

“We understand how important these ceremonies are, not only for our graduating students but for their families too, so we can’t wait to welcome everybody back to celebrate the terrific achievements.”

"We understand how important these ceremonies are, not only for our graduating students but for their families too, so we can’t wait to welcome everybody back to celebrate the terrific achievements"

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin

At the end of last year, UCLan asked all new graduates if they would like to wait for a physical ceremony, knowing it would be dependent on Government restrictions, or if they would prefer an online ceremony. Overwhelmingly, the majority wanted to celebrate the completion of their studies with their families and friends in the traditional way.

The University is also offering an alternative opportunity to those 2020 graduates who might not be able to attend one of the September ceremonies. They will have the option of having their photo taken with family or friends in their cap and gown during the first two weeks in July.

Specific details on timings and dates will be sent directly to the relevant students in due course.

Professor Baldwin added: “We understand that some of our 2020 graduates might not be able to return in September but want to give them the opportunity to get that special photo that we know people treasure for the rest of their lives. The pandemic has impacted so much but we’re doing our very best to ensure our recent graduates don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

*As long as Government guidance allows at this time.

25 March 2021