The University of Sussex summer graduation, due to take place from Monday 20 July until Friday 24 July 2020, has been postponed.
Ceremony schedule for 2020
With regret, we have decided to postpone our July 2020 graduation ceremonies, due to concerns around Coronavirus (Covid-19).
At present, it is unknown how long the UK will be facing social distancing and travel restrictions as a result of these unprecedented times. Therefore we have taken the prudent decision that we would rather act now to prevent you and your guests having to make plans that may increase risk.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are planning to invite students due to graduate in July 2020 to an extended winter 2021 graduation. If this is not possible due to government restrictions, we will invite students to an extended summer 2021 graduation.
Sussex Grad at Home
Congratulations to the Sussex Class of 2020
- Video transcript
Sanjeev Bhaskar here, your Chancellor.
Massive congratulations on your results, really well done. Whilst this summer’s ceremonies have been postponed, I look forward to seeing you at your graduation ceremony next year.
Now this is Josh. Hello Josh! He’s a second-year student and he’s also a digital media guru. He’s going to be showing you this print-off Sussex Grad at Home DIY kit.
Remember that famous concrete sign as you walk into campus? Well now you can make your own! Cut around the dotted line and fold along the creases. Now glue the edges and ta-dah! Yes, it’s smaller than the real one, but it’s also much easier to carry.
I would love to attend your home ceremony if you’ll invite me! Cut along the edges, easy round the head there Josh. Possibly even better than the real thing. You can tag me @tvsanjeev on Instagram or Twitter.
A Sussex celebration wouldn’t be right without seagulls. There, it’s like being on campus again. And some bunting, because who doesn’t love bunting? Find anything that approximates to a gown and cap and voila!
Be as creative and fun as I know you Sussex students are. Tag @sussexuni and use the hashtag #SussexGradAtHome or you can email your videos or pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be sharing your home ceremonies throughout ‘Graduation week’ starting on July 20th. If you don’t have a printer don’t worry. From July 20th there will be some exciting graduation filters on Instagram. See you soon!
Use our Sussex Grad at Home kit [PDF, 1.5 MB] to bring some of that Sussex spirit to your living room.
Information about Summer Graduation 2020
- Will the July 2020 graduation ceremonies be rescheduled?
The University will be rescheduling the postponed July 2020 ceremonies for a future date. We are planning to invite you to an extended Winter 2021 graduation. If this is not possible due to government restrictions, you will be invited to an extended summer 2021 graduation.
The rescheduled ceremony will be open to all students affected by the present postponement. Once more information is available, we will communicate it with our students.
- When will the decision be made as to when Graduation will take place?
Once we know when it is likely to be safe and responsible to hold these events, we will update staff and students with our plans. Graduation ceremonies provide unforgettable memories for our students and their families and we look forward to celebrating with you in due course.
- When will I need to register for the rescheduled ceremonies?
Once the new ceremony dates are confirmed, you will be informed of the timescale for registration.
- If I cannot attend Brighton at the time of my rescheduled ceremony, can I defer to another ceremony?
You will have the option to defer your graduation ceremony to a later date in the usual way.
- I was eligible to attend a previous Graduation ceremony but deferred my place to July 2020. Will I be able to attend a ceremony in the future?
If you had already deferred your graduation ceremony to July 2020 from a previous ceremony, you will be offered the same arrangements as other students due to graduate in July 2020. This will not count as a second deferral.
- Does the postponement of graduation impact on the awarding of my degree?
Our decision to postpone the ceremony does not impact on the University awarding you your degree. Provided you meet the requirements of your course, we will confer your degree at a University Examination Board as is our normal practice.
- When will I receive my transcript and degree certificate?
We will be sending out the award certificates and transcripts from 15 July onwards and hope to have them all dispatched by the end of July. You will receive confirmation of your certificate dispatch from our shipping agents and you can then track when you will receive your certificate and amend delivery instructions as appropriate.
- I am a parent or guest of a graduating student. How can I keep up to date with the latest information regarding what options are available?
We know that graduation ceremonies can be just as important to parents and guests as they are to our students themselves. We will contact graduating students with an update as soon as we can. We will also keep our webpages up to date so please do check back regularly.
- Who can I contact if I have additional questions about Graduation ceremonies?
The graduation team are on hand to help with any queries you may have. Please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
- I have already booked my travel arrangements – will the University reimburse me?
Unfortunately, the University is unable to reimburse travel costs. We advise you to contact your travel company and/or travel insurance provider.
- How can you assist with visa applications?
We understand that due to the delay, some students will need to apply for another visa to attend their graduation. If you require a visa, we can provide you with a visa letter to assist the visa application process for yourself and your guests.
Once dates have been confirmed you will be able to request a visa letter for yourself or your guests. Find out how to apply for a visa as a student or guest.
- Where can I find the latest information from the University about coronavirus?
Our coronavirus webpages are being regularly updated with the latest updates and advice.
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