Can I still attend the end of year departmental reception if I defer assessments?
Yes, students who defer assessments this summer are still more than welcome to attend the departmental receptions. The departmental receptions are an end of year celebration rather than formal graduation event.
I'm currently overseas, what happens if I cannot attend?
We completely understand that not all students will be able to attend the departmental receptions due to travel restrictions, the pandemic etc. The purpose of the departmental reception is to provide those who are in the UK at the time with an opportunity to come together on campus. We do not expect graduands to travel or pay a lot of money to travel for these events.
Irrespective of whether you attend the departmental reception, you will still be invited to attend an in-person ceremony in the future, which will include the opportunity for gown hire and photography.
Will I (and my guests) be required to take a COVID-19 test before the departmental reception?
We are organising the departmental receptions on the premise that lockdown restrictions will be lifted on 21 June 2021. Should restrictions, such as social distancing and limits on events, remain in place on that date, the departmental receptions will not be able to go ahead.
With regards to any minor ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions that might still be in place after 21 June, such as wearing a mask and testing, we will be following any School and government guidelines that are in place at the time of the event. We will continue to update these FAQs as and when information becomes available and will of course also contact graduands regarding any changes that might impact their attendance at departmental receptions
Will I need to hire academic dress again if I plan on attending a future in-person graduation ceremony?
Academic dress is compulsory for in-person graduation ceremonies.
Even if you hire academic dress to attend the departmental reception this summer, you will be required to hire academic dress again if you plan on attending an in-person graduation ceremony in the future.
As academic dress is optional for this summer's departmetnal reception, if you plan on attending a ceremony in the future and do not want to incur costs twice, you may prefer to not hire academic dress for this summer's events and wait until you can attend an in-person ceremony.
Can I request extra tickets?
Due to capacity restrictions, it is not possible to request/book extra tickets. Students can book up to a maximum of two guest tickets only.
Can children attend the receptions and do they require a ticket?
Children are welcome at the receptions. However, please note that children require a guest ticket to attend. Students can book up to a maximum of two guests tickets only, so please bear this in mind. The same rules apply even if one of your guests is a child.
Children 12 months and under can attend without a ticket if they are carried in a baby carrier for the event.
Due to limited capacity and storage, we cannot accommodate prams etc. at the events.
Please also keep in mind that the receptions are standing room only. They are not seated events.