UCLan to postpone summer 2020 graduation ceremonies

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Precautionary action taken to protect students, staff and the general public

  • Ceremonies to be rescheduled for two-week celebration in December 2020
  • Lancashire Science Festival and Graduate Fashion Show to return in 2021

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has today announced the postponement of its July 2020 graduation ceremonies due to the continuing spread and impact of Covid-19 coronavirus.

The ceremonies have been rescheduled for December 2020 when winter graduation will be extended into a two-week celebration.

Additional high profile and popular community events, including the graduate fashion show and the Lancashire Science Festival, have been deferred for a year. 

The University has pledged that, subject to the lifting of Government restrictions, both events will return in the summer of 2021.

Any disappointment is entirely understandable, but we have done it to protect the safety and wellbeing of our graduates, guests, staff and indeed the whole of our stakeholder community.

Commenting on the decision Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “These large-scale events represent the culmination of everything our students have achieved and in the case of the Lancashire Science Festival we also welcome many thousands of visitors from across our local community.

"Therefore, postponing these events was not an easy decision nor was it taken lightly. Any disappointment is entirely understandable, but we have done it to protect the safety and wellbeing of our graduates, guests, staff and indeed the whole of our stakeholder community.

“Our hope is that by announcing this news as early as possible, those who need to change travel or accommodation plans will still have time to do so.”

Final-year students will be informed of the revised December 2020 graduation dates once they have been confirmed in the near future.

The University is now focusing on the processes required to ensure all its students formally graduate on time in July and while this will not be at a ceremony, results will be published as normal.

Chris Theobald | 30 March 2020