When will I graduate?

COVID-19 update for graduating students

Lancaster University has taken the difficult decision to postpone Graduation ceremonies due to take place in July 2021. 

The decision was made due to a significant number of unknowns and risks around holding large events this summer and was also directly informed by the results of a recent survey sent to graduating students.  

The next Graduation session being planned is the Winter graduation for postgraduates in December 2021, followed by an extended Summer graduation in 2022 for the undergraduate Class of 2020, 2021 and 2022.  

We also plan to increase capacity at graduation ceremonies for up to five years, so anyone not able to return to the next ceremony session will have additional opportunities to return to Lancaster for a future graduation ceremony when it suits them and their guests. 

We are committed to providing all students the opportunity to attend a traditional graduation ceremony at Lancaster.

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

An online Celebration for the undergraduate Class of 2021 and recently conferred PhDs will be planned for late July 2021, and we will provide more information nearer the time 

Future Ceremony Dates



Winter Graduation – Wednesday 15 - Friday 17 December 2021 (these ceremonies are planned for the postgraduate classes of 2020 and 2021)


Summer Graduation – 18-29 July 2022 (these ceremonies are planned for the undergraduate classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022) 

All ceremonies dates are subject to change

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.

In 2020/2021 all timings are subject to change or revision based on government advice.

Tab Content: Undergraduates

The next undergraduate ceremonies are planned for Summer 2022, when an extended ceremony session will have ceremonies for the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Further information on the schedule of ceremonies will be provided in early 2022

  • Undergraduate 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.

Tab Content: Postgraduate Taught Courses

Postgraduates on taught courses (Masters (MA, MRes and MSc), PG Diplomas) are normally invited to attend our Winter Graduation in the year they complete their degree. The next postgraduate ceremony session is planned to take place Wednesday 15 - Friday 17 December 2021. These ceremonies will be for postgraduates who completed their degrees in 2020, and postgraduates due to complete their degrees in September 2021.

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

We expect to confirm further details of the schedule of postgraduate ceremonies in September 2021.

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) are invited to the next available ceremony session. 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 Winter 2021 - Summer 2021 (exact date to be confirmed)

Deadline for Summer 2022 - 25 February 2022

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/September.

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

Other research degrees are only invited to postgraduate Graduations sessions; the next session is currently scheduled for 15-17 December 2021

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 varies depending on your programme, but is no later than mid November. You may receive an invitation to attend graduation while your degree confirmation is still pending.

If you have any questions about which ceremony session you are currently due to be invited to, please contact the Graduation team, providing your student ID number.

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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