When will I graduate?

COVID-19 update for graduating students

Lancaster University has taken the difficult decision to postpone all Graduation ceremonies due to take place in July and December 2020. 

We still intend to hold graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 (both undergraduate and postgraduate) when it is safe and practicable to do so.  We are currently investigating when to hold these ceremonies and will be back in touch in early 2021 with an update about these ceremonies. 

We will only run Graduation ceremonies if it is safe and practicable to do so.

Planning for the July 2021 Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 is ongoing, subject to advice and guidance from Government and public health officials, and we will confirm further details in early 2021 to all eligible students. 

We have prepared FAQs 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. 

Future Ceremony Dates


The Postponed ceremonies for the 2020 Summer and Winter Graduation sessions have yet to be confirmed. 

Planning for the Summer 2021 Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 is ongoing, subject to advice and guidance from Government and public health officials. 

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.

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

Tab Content: Undergraduates

The Class of 2020 Undergraduate ceremony sessions have been postponed

We will confirm further details of these ceremony sessions in early 2021

Undergraduate students in the Class of 2021 are due to be invited to attend our Summer Graduation ceremonies in July 2021

  • 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 2020 Winter Graduation has been postponed, and the next postgraduate ceremony session has not yet been confirmed.

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 postponed 2020 postgraduate ceremonies in early 2021.

Postgradutes students completing their studies in September 2021 are due to be invited to the Winter Graduation due to be held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 December 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 the next postgradute ceremony session (dates TBC) – 26 February 2021

Deadline for Winter 2021 - 21 September 2021

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/October.

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

Other research degrees are only invited to Postgradute Graduations sessions; the next session is currently postponed, and dates are still TBC.

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 for the next postgradute ceremony session (dates TBC) - 26 February 2021

If you have any questions about which ceremony session you are currently due to be invited, 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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