Last updated: 21 June 2021

Postponement of Graduation Ceremonies July 2021

The recently issued results letters correctly confirm that July 2021 graduation has been postponed. Unfortunately, the letters also mentioned that this year’s ceremonies would be taking place at the Royal Festival Hall. This information should have been removed from the letter and we apologise for any confusion caused. The position on graduation remains unchanged and is set out below.

The University has taken the difficult decision to postpone the July graduation ceremonies this year.

We've been working through the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap for large scale events and after considering all the guidance and consulting with the Royal Festival Hall, we've come to the difficult decision to postpone the July ceremonies. We hope to reschedule these in the summer of 2022 for students who were unable to graduate this year and last year.

While the Government’s roadmap is hopeful for a return to large-scale events in June, there is no guarantee that this will be possible. If the ceremonies were permitted to take place, it is highly likely that social distancing would be in place and that there would be restrictions on the type of event we could offer and the number of guests that could be invited. We want to make sure that you have the best graduation day possible and believe that postponing the ceremonies is the right thing to do.

We know this news will be disappointing and that the last year has been a difficult period for you all. We understand how important graduation is to you and your family and want nothing more than to celebrate with you at an in-person ceremony. However, these events involve thousands of people traveling to London from all over the UK and the world, so we needed to take this decision early rather than wait to see how the situation progresses. A late cancellation of the ceremonies would have significant impact on those who had booked travel and accommodation.

Virtual Celebrations

We are delighted to confirm that, in addition to the rescheduled graduation ceremonies planned for 2022, we will also be running Virtual Celebrations launching on Monday 9 August to mark the achievements of our Class of 2021.

We appreciate that a Virtual Celebration cannot replace the graduation ceremony that you and your families were looking forward to, but we hope that they will provide a memorable opportunity for you to celebrate and reflect on your life at University.

We also remain committed to delivering graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021, government guidelines allowing. Further details of our live graduation events will follow as soon as they are available and will be published on our website.

What to expect

Launching on Monday 9 August 2021 at 10am BST, you will be able to access the Virtual Celebration for your School. You will be able to share this celebration with your family and friends.

Each Virtual Celebration will include messages from our Senior Team, a slideshow of our class of 2021 with all graduands who sign up named, and the presentation of honorary awards where you will hear from people who are celebrated in their field.

You will receive a link to your celebration on the launch day.

How do I get involved?

If you want to join the celebrations all you need to do is book using the link for your School.

You can also upload a photo of yourself, you can be creative, designing your own cap and gown if you wish. Once you’re happy with your photo, upload your image using the links below.

We will still include your name even if you don’t want to include an image.

Please complete your booking by Monday 2 August.

If you are completing refer/defer assessments, you are eligible to sign up for the celebrations and we would encourage you to do so. However, if you do not complete your studies we will be unable to include you in the Virtual Celebrations at this point. We will invite you to a future graduation ceremony upon the successful completion of your degree.

The booking form is linked to to your University email address and password. When logging in please enter your email address as [email protected]

College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Westminster Business School

Data Protection

Graduates should be aware that by signing up for the Virtual Celebration and submitting an image they are giving their permission for that image to be published and their name available in a publicly available presentation.

This presentation will remain online for 2 months after the launch date. After which the presentations will be deleted, along with any images submitted.

The celebrations will be hosted via Flipgrid. Read their terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Autumn ceremonies

Currently, the November ceremonies are scheduled to take place. However, this will be kept under review in line with Government guidance with regards Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our Autumn ceremonies are for postgraduate students who have completed their studies since January 2021.

Invitations for the November 2021 ceremonies will be sent to your University email account by the end of September 2021.

Our November 2021 ceremonies will take place on the following dates, with more details to follow:

  • Monday 8 November
  • Monday 22 November

Spring into your future

To support you as you graduate, or progress into your next year of study, we offer a range of activities, including mentoring, 1:1 career appointments and industry workshops that will help you develop new skills and enhance your employability so that you are able to get the best out of what Westminster has to offer.

For more information, please visit our Spring into your future pages.

Please also join Westminster Connect. This is your gateway to staying in touch with the University, fellow Westminster graduates and expanding your professional network.