When will I graduate?

COVID-19 update for graduating students

Lancaster University has taken the difficult decision to postpone summer Graduation ceremonies, due to take place between Tuesday 14th July and Friday 17th July 2020, to December 2020. 

We have prepared FAQs where you will find answers to many of your questions about this postponement.   We will provide more information as and when it is available. 

For further information about how the university is responding to Covid-19 please visit the Coronavirus update page.  

Future Ceremony Dates


Summer Graduation – Postponed to December 

Winter Graduation – Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December 2020 & additional dates to be confirmed


Summer Graduation – Week of 12 - 16 July 

Winter Graduation – Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 December 2021

Your Graduation ceremony will be based on what type of qualification you are receiving, and when your results are confirmed. Different rules apply to Undergraduates, Postgraduate Taught Courses and Postgraduate Research. 

Your place at Graduation is subject to your degree being approved by your Department’s exam board and confirmed by Senate. Please note that final confirmation of you passing your degree may not be made until after the deadline to register for Graduation.

  • Students with debts to the University will not be eligible to graduate, please arrange to pay all outstanding debts to the University before the end of your studies to ensure you are eligible to attend.
  • Students who are due to graduate will be invited to register in Spring for summer graduation and early Autumn for winter graduation. If you think you should be graduating, but have not received an invitation to register by the middle of March for Summer graduations, or the middle of October for Winter graduations, please contact your department or the Student Registry to check if you are eligible to graduate.

Tab Content: Undergraduates

Undergraduate students are invited to attend our Summer Graduation ceremonies. The next session dates are to be confirmed and have been postponed from July 2020 to December 2020

Students are arranged into a ceremony by their College and sometimes College ceremonies are also split by Faculty.  MBChB students all graduate in the same ceremony. 

  • If you have compulsory final year resit examinations or choose to sit optional resits in August, you would then not be eligible to graduate in the same summer and would have to wait until the next summer to attend Graduation.
  • Students on four-year Integrated Masters courses, who decide at the end of three years that they wish to exit the University with a Bachelors's degree, can enquire about late registration at the point that they make this decision, or they can ask to have their Graduation deferred to the next year. 

Tab Content: Postgraduate Taught Courses

Postgraduates on taught courses (Masters (MA, MRes and MSc), PG Diplomas) are invited to attend our Winter Graduation in the year they complete their degree.  The next session is due to be Wednesday 9 December and Thursday 10 December 2020. 

Students are arranged into a ceremony by their Faculty, and sometimes Faculty ceremonies are also split by Department.

Tab Content: Postgraduate Research Courses

There are different deadlines and eligibility requirements for Doctoral Candidates, DClinPsy and other research students.

Doctoral Candidates (PhD, DSc, DLitt, DMgt, EngD, MD) (excluding DClinPsy)

Doctoral candidates (excluding DClinPsy) can be invited to either Summer or Winter ceremonies.  To be invited you must have completed the following steps by the eligibility deadline: 

  • Have had your viva voce examination;
  • Made any required changes from your examiners;
  • Have had your changes formally approved by your examiners;
  • Have your degree award signed off by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education;
  • Have submitted the final bound copy of your thesis to the Library;
  • Have uploaded a copy of your final thesis to the Library’s online repository;
  • Have cleared any outstanding debts.

Deadline for Summer 2020 – 28 February 2020

Deadline for Winter 2020 – 21 September 2020

Deadline for Summer 2021 – 26 February 2021

Doctoral candidates who may be eligible to graduate will be reminded about these deadlines before each round of graduations, and eligible graduates will be invited in March/October.

Other Research degrees (e.g.DClinPsy, MPhil, Masters by Research) 

Other research degrees are only invited to Winter Graduations; the next one is due to be 9 and 10 December 2020.

To be eligible to graduate you must have had your degree confirmed by your Department’s exam board (for Masters by Research degrees), had your viva voce examination, and met the same requirements that are set out in the section above before you can graduate.

The eligibility deadline is the end of October.  

For queries related to your eligibility - contact your department in the first instance

If you need to update aspects of your student records, such as your address, contact Student Registry 

For information about visas for international students Student-Based services has information on applying for a visa for Graduation.  

If you have any questions not covered here, get in touch with the Graduation team by emailing ceremonies@lancaster.ac.uk, or calling 01524 592190

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