The University of Sussex winter graduation is due to take place in January 2022 at the Brighton Centre.
Winter Graduation Postponement Announcement, January 2022
It is with reluctance and sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone our winter graduation ceremonies.
We have been monitoring the situation closely and had hoped to proceed but the ongoing and rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has now reached a point where the ceremonies can no longer safely go ahead.
University of Sussex graduations are joyous and celebratory occasions, and we want you to experience this fully. You will automatically be invited to attend the special graduation event we are planning for this summer – or you can attend a future ceremony if you prefer.
Even though the ceremonies can’t take place right now, you will still graduate. If you have not already received your certificate, we will send it in the post in the coming weeks and we will get in touch with you if we don’t have your postal address.
We will refund any guest tickets you have bought.
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Information about Winter Graduation 2022
- Will the January 2022 graduation ceremonies be rescheduled?
The University will be rescheduling the postponed January 2022 ceremonies to July 2022.
The rescheduled summer ceremonies will be open to all graduands affected by the July 2020, January 2021, July 2021 and January 2022 postponements. The Summer graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 4 July until Friday 22 July 2022 in the Brighton Centre. Once more information is available, this will be communicated to our graduands.
- I was due to graduate in July 2020, January 2021 or July 2021 but my ceremony was postponed, when will my ceremony be rescheduled?
The University will be rescheduling the postponed July 2020, January 2021, July 2021 and January 2022 ceremonies to July 2022. The ceremony will be open to all students affected by the July 2020, January 2021, July 2021 and January 2022 postponements.
The summer graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 4 July until Friday 22 July 2022 in the Brighton Centre. The exact schedule will be available in due course.
- When will I need to register for the rescheduled ceremonies?
The summer graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 4 July until Friday 22 July 2022 in the Brighton Centre. Once the exact dates for each School have been confirmed, you will be informed of the timescale for registration.
- If I cannot travel to 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 have already incurred costs to attend the winter 2022 graduation - will the University reimburse me?
We understand that due to the short notice of the postponement that some costs and inconvenience may have been incurred.
The University will automatically be refunding any guest tickets you have purchased.
Refunds will be processed as soon as possible and can take up to 10 working days to go back onto the card you purchased your tickets with.
Any graduands who’ve already hired their gown from Ede & Ravenscroft will receive an automatic refund.
Any graduands who’ve already purchased photography packages from Ede & Ravenscroft will receive an automatic refund.
Unfortunately, the University is unable to reimburse any costs relating to attending graduation such as travel and accommodation payments. We advise you to contact your travel company and/or travel insurance provider.
- I was eligible to attend a previous Graduation ceremony but deferred my place. Will I be able to attend a ceremony in the future?
If you had already deferred your graduation ceremony to one of the previously postponed ceremonies, you will be offered the same arrangements as other students due to graduate at one of the postponed ceremonies.
- When will I receive my transcript and degree certificate?
For those who‘ve not already received their award certificate and transcripts, we will be sending them out from the end of January and hope to have them all dispatched by the end of February. You will receive confirmation your certificate has been dispatched from our shipping agents. You can then track when you will receive your certificate and amend the delivery instructions as appropriate.
- Will it be possible to collect my degree from the University?
No, unfortunately this will not be possible. All award certificates will be posted to the address you confirm on Sussex Direct.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
- What if my guests or I need a visa to attend the ceremony?
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 the exact dates for your ceremony has 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.
- Will you be hosting a virtual ceremony?
The University has taken the decision not to host a virtual graduation as we know that our students would prefer to have an in-person ceremony.
- How will you contact me about my graduation?
We will be contacting all students and alumni eligible to attend a graduation ceremony via email with further updates and announcements in due course.
If you have already completed your study, we will contact you via your personal email address. You can still update your details on Sussex Direct to ensure we have the correct information for you.
We will also update the graduation webpage as well as our Social Media channels.
- Can I still get support from the University even after I have graduated?
As a Sussex graduate you are automatically a member of a global alumni community of over 190,000 graduates. You are entitled to a wide range of free member benefits and services, including 3 years of careers support, access to online journals, an exclusive networking and mentoring platform Sussex Connect, as well as discounts, competitions, exclusive networking and social events and reunions.
You can also continue to use the Careers and Entrepreneurship Centre for up to three years after graduation. You can find out more by visiting the Career’s webpage.
- Will I be able to order graduation merchandise?