Future Graduation Dates

We have been monitoring government advice closely and following the recent announcements regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), it is with much regret that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the January 2021 ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral, the February 2021 ceremonies at Rochester Cathedral and the award ceremonies scheduled for March 2021.

These decisions have been taken because the safety of our students, staff and guests remains paramount, with current government guidelines not allowing any large gatherings for the foreseeable future. We also want to ensure that your graduation or award ceremony is a special day and recognise the importance of this event and being able to celebrate your achievements together.

Information regarding postponed 21 March 2020 Award Ceremonies

We will now be issuing refunds and will be in contact with you over the next few weeks.

We are currently looking in to the possibility of holding celebratory events in late spring 2021 and will communicate the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

We are extremely sorry for the disappointment this will cause. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.

Information regarding postponed September 2020, January, and February 2021 Cathedral Graduations and November 2020 and March 2021 Award Ceremonies

There is still considerable uncertainty about when life will return to normal and when social distancing requirements will be relaxed.

For this reason and with much regret, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the above events and consider it important to find an alternative date when we can celebrate your achievements together. We are currently looking in to the possibility of holding celebratory events in late spring 2021 and will communicate the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

We are extremely sorry for the disappointment this will cause. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.

 

 

FAQS for September 2020, January, and February 2021 Cathedral Graduations and November 2020 and March 2021 Award Ceremonies

When will my Cathedral graduation take place?

We are hoping to reschedule to late spring 2021.

When will my award ceremony take place?

We are hoping to reschedule to late spring 2021.

What happens next?

We will keep our graduation web pages up-to-date and hope to advise of rescheduled dates soon. Providing that rescheduled events can go ahead, you will receive an official invitation via email approx. 6 to 8 weeks prior to the event. Please ensure you let us know if your personal email address has changed, you can email the i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk

Will the event change in its format?

We are hoping that the integrity of our graduations remains the same however, we will need to continue to monitor government advice and introduce measures if required. We wish to continue to host our graduations in Canterbury and Rochester Cathedral and hold our Award Ceremonies on campus at Augustine House.

Travel and accommodation?

The University’s advice has always been to hold off booking any travel and/or accommodation until you receive your formal email invitation to your graduation. This information still applies.

If I can’t attend the rescheduled date can I defer to a later date?

Yes. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, you may request a deferral to the next ceremony and we will do our best to accommodate you. This is common practice. If after receiving your email invitation you can’t attend the date please contact i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk.

Will the guest ticket cost increase?

No. Currently graduation guest tickets cost £22 per guest and for our campus-based award ceremonies it is £12 per guest.

How will I receive my certificate and Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR)?

Your certificate/transcript are independent of graduations/award ceremonies and are administered by the Student Records & Assessments Team. We aim to issue your certificate and HEAR as soon as possible after the Board of Examiners meeting at which the award was ratified. These are sent to your permanent address. Please email the i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk if you have any queries.

If I have reassessment does this affect my graduation date?

If students have completed their award fully the day we email official graduation invitations then you will be eligible for inclusion.

FAQS for March 2020 Postponement

When will my award ceremony be rescheduled?

We are hoping to reschedule to late spring 2021.

What happens next?

We will now be issuing refunds for tickets and will be in contact with you over the next few weeks. We will keep our graduation web pages up-to-date and hope to advise of rescheduled dates soon. Providing that rescheduled events can go ahead, you will receive an official invitation via email approx. 6 to 8 weeks prior to the event. Please ensure you let us know if your personal email address has changed, you can email the i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk

Will I be able to get a refund for my gown hire and Photography?

Yes. Ede & Ravenscroft provide the gowning and photography for graduation. You will need to contact this supplier directly to request a refund for your gown and/or photography. This can be done online at www.gownhire.co.uk before the automated refund deadline. If you are unable to cancel the order online, please call Ede & Ravenscroft on 01223 861854 or email them at customer.services@academic-services.co.uk with order details, so they can process the refund.

Will I get a refund for travel and accommodation costs?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any compensation for accommodation, travel arrangements etc. due to the current situation being outside of the University’s control. We would advise students to liaise with these companies directly for further advice.

If I can’t attend the rescheduled date can I defer to a later date or receive a refund?

Yes. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, you may request a deferral to the next ceremony and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How will I receive my award certificate and Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR)?

Your certificate/transcript are independent of the award ceremony and are administered by the Student Records & Assessments Team. We aim to issue your certificate and HEAR as soon as possible after the Board of Examiners meeting at which the award was ratified. These are sent to your permanent address. Please log a call or email the i-zone if you have any questions about receiving your certificate and HEAR i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk, or 01227 922222.

 

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