We would never have thought over a year ago when we first came off-campus and moved to remote learning and teaching, that we would still be in the midst of a pandemic in the summer of 2021. Whilst the roll-out of the vaccine is hugely encouraging, the months ahead are still uncertain, and no-one can be sure as to how the pandemic will continue to unfold.
We wrote to students last year to advise that we were postponing our 2020 graduation ceremonies as a result of the pandemic and restrictions on large groups of people gathering. Earlier this year, we also had to make the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s ceremonies as well. We want our graduating students to be able to enjoy the celebratory events with their family and friends at a time when it is safe for everyone to do so.
We can reassure you that we are still aiming to provide you with an opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony. In line with Welsh Government regulations and advice we are currently looking to rearrange the ceremonies to take place next year. To ensure we have sufficient capacity, we are inviting you to register your wish to attend a graduation ceremony in 2022, and whether you would like to attend with guests. We understand that it will be difficult for you to commit without knowing the details yet, so registering will not commit you to attend. However, if you tell us that you do not wish to attend a rearranged ceremony, then we will remove you from the list. We would really appreciate it if you could complete this form to let us know if you would like to register or not before Friday 27 August https://forms.office.com/r/aykw5Suck6.
We want nothing more than to celebrate your achievements with you, and even though it is delayed, we hope that when we are able to hold such events for our thousands of graduating students, you can celebrate such a special event with us and your loved ones.
All University coronavirus related updates can be found here.
We will be marking the efforts and achievements of all students who are finishing their qualifications this summer with virtual celebrations on social media during the week of 12 July.
Let us know how you will be celebrating your results - follow the hashtag #USWClassof2021 and join in the conversation.
These virtual celebrations are in no way a replacement for a formal graduation ceremony, which you will still have at a later date, when Covid-19 regulations in Wales sufficiently ease. We recognise the significance and importance of these ceremonies, as an opportunity for our students to celebrate their achievements with family, friends and University staff, and we remain committed to ensuring ceremonies are rearranged at a time when is safe for large scale events such as these to resume.
In the meantime, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and for us to congratulate each one of you on your success.
We will be sharing more information about how you can get involved in the celebrations over the coming weeks.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty about when events involving large groups of people can resume, and having reflected on this, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this summer's graduation ceremonies, which were due to be held in July 2021. We want our graduating students, both those who were due to attend a ceremony this summer and those who are waiting to attend a rearranged ceremony from 2020, to be able to enjoy the celebratory event with their family and friends at a time when it is safe for everyone to do so. We will therefore rearrange the ceremonies for a later date when it is possible to do this.
We recognise the significance and importance of these ceremonies, as an opportunity for our students to celebrate their achievements with family, friends and University staff, and we remain committed to ensure ceremonies are rearranged at a time when is safe for large scale events such as these to resume.
Whilst it is inevitable that some students will be disappointed, this is a postponement and not a cancellation, and we will offer all students the opportunity to take part in a graduation at a later date when it is safe to do so.
Academic Registry will make arrangements to post certificates and transcripts to graduates after the end of the academic year - the timeframes for this will be published on the Academic Registry website by the end of April 2021.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of South Wales, in March 2020, moved to all but a small number of essential staff working remotely, in line with Government guidance.
Unfortunately, this affected the delivery of some university services provided to students, alumni and other interested parties, including the production of certificates and transcripts.
The University is now implementing a phased return to campus for essential services, of which certificates and transcripts is one, with the aim of certificates and transcripts being produced and distributed during the autumn term, subject to any further covid-related restrictions. Production will begin with documents for students awarded prior to, and at, the March 2020 assessment boards, followed by students awarded at the July 2020 assessment boards.
All documents posted to an overseas address, please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery from date of postage.
The University has reluctantly made the decision to postpone our winter graduation ceremonies, which were due to be held in December 2020. With the continuing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of when events involving large groups of people will be allowed again, we believe this is the right decision for all concerned. We understand that this will be disappointing news for our graduating students but the safety of our students, staff and local communities remain our top priority. All students who were due to graduate in December will have their certificate posted to them. More details are available on the Academic Registry webpages. Students whose graduations have been postponed will be invited to take part in a future ceremony, when it is safe and possible to do so.