Class of 2020

Graduation ceremony update for the Class of 2020

The ceremony preference choice has now closed.

Please go to your e:Vision account to view your selected choice of ceremony. If you need help accessing e:Vision or need to reset your password, please visit Managing your password with Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) ( If you have any further questions please email including your ARU SID

The free virtual graduation ceremony

If you opted for the virtual graduation ceremony, we will be contacting you on Wednesday 19 May to request your booking for the event.

Please see the virtual graduation ceremony faculty schedule below.

Faculty Date Ceremony start time
Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care Tuesday 20 July 2021 10am
ARU London and Arden University Tueday 20 July 2021 12pm
Business and Law Tuesday 20 July 2021 2:30pm
Science and Engineering and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Tuesday 20 July 2021 4:30pm

Our aim is to create virtual graduation ceremonies as close as possible to our in-person ceremonies. You will not be limited to the number of guests who can join you at your virtual ceremony and it will be free for all to attend.

Once you have signed-up to the virtual ceremonies, you will receive a complimentary Graduation Celebration Pack which will include a commemorative graduation programme, branded flute and a drink to toast your success.

You won't need any special software to join your virtual ceremony. All you will need is a device, for example a phone, laptop or tablet, that can connect to the internet and ideally has a camera function, so you can appear on screen with your peers as your name is read out. We will send you joining instructions nearer the time

The celebratory graduation pack is for graduating students only and contents may vary due to country import restrictions.

Defer for an in-person ceremony

You will be invited to attend a physical graduation ceremony however, whilst there is still considerable uncertainty about when life will return to ‘normal’ and when government guidance will allow large in person events, it is not possible for us to predict when physical ceremonies may take place or exactly how they will run.

Current information suggests that from Step 4, which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where they will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection.

The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on life events such as Graduation ceremonies.

As soon as the results from the scientific Events Research Programme have been made available, we hope to be able to update you positively regarding your Graduation ceremony.

Please rest assured that you will have the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony, but these will only take place when we can offer you the day you deserve.

We will continue to update these web pages as soon as more information is available, and please ensure that your contact details are up to date via e:Vision

Data protection, online streaming and image capture statement

Please note that the graduation ceremonies of Anglia Ruskin University are regarded as public events.

This means that the names of all of our Class of 2020 graduands and subjects are published in the graduation programme and audio-visual images of the ceremony are publicly available, eg through online streaming. Your degree classification will not be included nor will it be announced at the ceremony.

Additionally, the names of graduands may be provided to external companies for display on graduation products such as graduation t-shirts. The names and awards printed in the programme and supplied to external companies for the production of merchandise are correct at the time of going to print.

We are unable to discuss details of a student’s graduation ceremony with anyone else, unless we receive written permission from the student concerned.

We would like to inform you that the Anglia Ruskin University graduation ceremonies will be videoed, streamed live online and/or otherwise captured in image form. These images and video content may then be used by Anglia Ruskin University for publicity and promotional purposes such as DVDs, prospectuses, advertising campaigns, websites, exhibition stands, posters, leaflets, national or local press articles, etc. It is important to note that if any images are published on the internet, they will be accessible to users from all over the world.

If you object to the publication of any of your personal data or your images being used as described above, you must inform the graduation team of your objection, in writing, by 28 May 2021.

For more information about your data protection rights, please visit our privacy and cookies page.

Certificate information

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a delay in producing and issuing hard-copy certificates and transcripts.

The printing and posting of hard-copy certificates and transcripts from the April, July and September 2020 Awards Boards, has now been completed. Documents have been posted, by registered delivery, to your home address as listed on eVision. Documents for ARU London and Arden students have been sent to your institution for distribution.

Certificates and transcripts from the November Awards Board will be sent out in the new year. Please ensure your Home address on eVision is correct and up to date.

From your eVision account you are also able to download a PDF of your transcript (which is available under the results tab) Should you require confirmation of the conferment of your award to be sent to a third party (such as an employer or educational establishment) please contact including your ARU SID. Please email if you have not received your certificate or if you have any questions regarding your certificate or transcript.

Messages for the Class of 2020

You have achieved your award in the most unprecedented of times, and we couldn't be prouder of you, so some ARU staff would like to share their messages of congratulations with you.