Members of ARU's Class of 2020 have the choice to attend a virtual graduation ceremony in July 2021 or an in-person graduation ceremony at a later date.
We know that the pandemic has affected everyone differently. We want to offer graduates the opportunity to attend a ceremony that they feel most comfortable attending.
We are therefore offering you the choice to either attend a virtual graduation ceremony which will take place in July or the option to defer your ceremony until a physical ceremony can be organised. We cannot predict a timeline for when these large scale events will be able to take place.
Our team will be contacting you shortly via your student and personal email address to confirm your choice of ceremony. Please make sure your personal details are correct on e:Vision.
Our Graduation Team will contact you via email for you to choose to attend either the virtual ceremony in July 2021 or choose to defer your ceremony until a physical ceremony can be organised.
You won’t be able to attend both, but regardless of your choice, we’re looking forward to inviting you all back for a reunion on our campus so we can celebrate your successes together in person at a later date.
Your award is not affected by your choice of ceremony and attendance at our graduation ceremonies isn’t compulsory, but is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your achievement with your family and friends.
Your choice of ceremony does not affect your enrolment to our alumni network as this is an automatic subscription.
To be eligible for the July virtual ceremonies, your award would have been confirmed between 30 October 2019 and 30 November 2020.
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 e:Vision. Documents for ARU London and Arden students have been sent to your institution for distribution.
Certificates and transcripts from the November 2020 Awards Board will be sent out shortly. Please ensure your home address one:Vision is correct and up to date.
Attendance at a graduation ceremony isn’t compulsory, but is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your achievement with your family and friends. Non-attendance to the ceremonies does not affect the validity of your award as your award is conferred at an Awards Board rather than at a graduation ceremony.
All students from the Class of 2021 will have the opportunity to attend a 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, we cannot confirm what your graduation ceremony will look like at the moment.
The British Science Festival is planned to take place as a hybrid event with activities being held either online or exclusively outdoors around the city of Chelmsford. The format of the festival will also be determined by the government restrictions in place at the time.
Graduation ceremonies are a formal occasion with higher numbers of attendees at each ceremony with students and their loved ones travelling from all over the world to attend. To ensure the ceremonies are uninterrupted by external factors such as the weather they are held indoors (Chelmsford Cathedral, Cambridge Corn Exchange and Peterborough Cathedral) - venues which our students and their guests enjoy attending.
The British Science Festival will hold multiple events, both online and physically (if government restrictions allow). If physical activities are allowed each one will have a far lower number of delegates than our traditional graduation ceremonies, making it possible to maintain social distancing.
We have listened to our students’ feedback and understand how important the traditional graduation ceremony is to them and their loved ones. It is important that we can offer our students not only a physical ceremony, but a ceremony that can encompass all the aspects most important to our students and their guests, including crossing the stage and group photography.
We plan to hold the Class of 2020 virtual graduation ceremonies in July 2021. As soon as a ceremony schedule is available, we will update these pages.
Your virtual graduation ceremony will provide you with the opportunity to celebrate with your fellow classmates, loved ones and ARU staff. Our aim is to recreate our graduation ceremonies as close as we can to our in-person ceremonies.
The virtual graduation ceremonies will be free of charge to attend and view.
You are more than welcome to hire a gown for your virtual ceremony, but it is not compulsory.
Gown hire for UK residents can be arranged via Ede & Ravenscroft who, as part of your hire fee, can arrange for this to be delivered to your home address.
If students living outside of the UK would like to wear a gown, then you can purchase a gown through Ede & Ravenscroft.
Alternatively, you may wish to opt for traditional, national or smart dress instead.
We are currently exploring the options for photography as part of the virtual ceremony. We will continue to keep you updated.
Yes. Your family and friends will be able to view your graduation ceremony as it happens or at a later date for free and from wherever they are in the world.
The number of people you can invite to view your ceremony is not limited, so we hope you’ll share your celebrations with as many of your family and friends as possible.
We will work with our memorabilia suppliers to ensure merchandise is available to purchase for the Class of 2020.
We will be inviting students via their student email and personal email address listed on e:Vision. We are using your personal contact details to contact you to ensure graduates receive this message. If you do not want us to contact you this way please let us know.
You will also receive an invite postcard to your home address as listed on e:Vision, so please ensure your details are correct.
You’ll just need a device, for example a phone, laptop or tablet, that can connect to the internet. You won't need any special software to join your virtual ceremony. We will send you joining instructions nearer the time.
There is still considerable uncertainty about when life will return to normal and when government guidance will be issued for large events. We cannot predict when the deferred ceremonies will take place or exactly how they will run.
We will continue to follow government guidance on large scale events and we will continue to email you updates as soon as they are available. At this point we have no timeline for when this will be.
Our team will work hard to ensure that the in-person ceremonies are as close to our traditional ceremonies as possible, but will be shaped on the guidance available for large scale events at the time. We will work with our gowning and photography suppliers to offer a service that adheres to government guidelines at the time.
We will continue to update these pages with information, as soon as it is confirmed. You can always get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your SID number, if you have any further questions.