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Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation is a really important and highly valued occasion at the University of Wolverhampton. It enables us to celebrate the achievements of our students with their families, friends and lecturers and it is always a special time for our whole community.  

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 could not go ahead as planned last year and were instead rescheduled to take place in July 2021. 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions both in the UK and on international travel, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 2021. There is still a great deal of uncertainty about  whether large events will be able to take place in July this year and the Government roadmap states the easing of restrictions for large scale gatherings will be subjectto the results of a scientific Events Research Programmeto test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer.  
 
We recognise that this will be disappointing for our graduates who have already suffered a delay to their ceremony. Because of this, we will use our regular September 2021 graduation ceremonies to graduate the Class of 2020. These ceremonies will be held at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton from Thursday 9 September to Friday 17 September 2021. 
 
For students completing their studies this year - the Class of 2021 - ceremonies have been rescheduled to take place next year, from Monday 18 July to Wednesday 27 July 2022, at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. Given the large numbers of people who attend our ceremonies and our desire to ensure our students have the best possible experience on their special day, this was the earliest opportunity to host this occasion in full. While we recognise the disappointment this will cause, this will enable us to hold ceremonies in a fitting venue to celebrate our students’ achievements. 

As promised to our students, the University will hold a full and proper in person ceremony for every graduate who wishes to celebrate their achievement with us, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.  

We continue to monitor and follow Government guidance around local and national restrictions. There is information about international travel on the Government’s foreign travel advice website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

We also wanted to reassure students that they will be able to apply for jobs before attending a graduation ceremony. Students are awarded their degrees from the University regardless of the graduation ceremonies taking place or being attended, so the postponement will not affect completion of University or anyone’s career or further study prospects.  Students may request their certificates in advance of the ceremony by visiting the graduation page on their e:Vision account or by visiting estore.

Students will receive communications about graduation via their preferred email address. All students will receive an individual email notifying them when their ceremony is and inviting them to book and attend. 

September 2021

Ceremonies are scheduled to take place between 9th and 17th September 2021 for students who did not graduate in 2019 or who have an award date of 2020.

July 2022

We plan to hold ceremonies in July 2022 at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton for all students who have an award date of 2021.

September 2022

Ceremonies will take place in September 2022 for students expected to achieve an award between 1 January and the end of July 2022.

 

 

 

Celebrate your achievements with family and friends at a University of Wolverhampton graduation ceremony.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply for your ceremony will be available here soon. Students will have plenty of time to apply and will be sent email reminders at each stage of the application process.

Graduation applications (including purchasing tickets) are managed via the graduation page on students' eVision accounts. 

Guest tickets

All guest tickets must be purchased via the graduation page of e:Vision. Guest tickets are £20 each, including tickets for children. Children under the age of 3 must sit on a guest's lap, and will require a babes in arms ticket which will be charged at £3. 

 

Information on when and how to order your gown will soon be available.

All graduates must wear smart attire to their ceremony.  Students not wearing the correct academic gown will not be presented for their award.

 

 

Photography

The University's official photographer offers portrait and presentation photography services at graduation. Visit H Tempest's website for more information.

Presentation photos

Digital photos are taken of each finalist as they are presented with their award. These can be purchased immediately after the ceremony.

You can also view and purchase your graduation portraits online. Just visit Tempest Photography.

Please use the University's Official Appointed Graduation Photography Service

The University has appointed Tempest Photography as its official Graduation Photography service. Please be aware that other photographers may approach you. They may even try to persuade you that they are official. They are not. Should any other supplier approach you offering photography services, please understand that they do so without the approval, authorisation or consent of your University and and the standards of the service they offer cannot be assured. Any commission the University obtains through its contract with Tempest Photography is re-invested into enhancing the student experience. If you choose to take up their alternative service, you risk using a supplier with;

  • no permission to use the University crest
  • No foil-blocking on mounts
  • Limited product range
  • Poor after-sales service
  • Flawed studio set-up
  • Negligible or no industry qualifications
  • Inferior equipment, paper and mounts
  • Environmentally unsound processes

For peace of mind and to ensure your day and your achievement are commemorated in the way they deserve to by, choose Tempest Photography.

  • Official University Crest - foil-blocked onto mounts
  • Studio Photography - Qualified portrait photographers
  • Ceremony Photography - You receiving your award
  • Environmental Policy - fully vetted by your University
  • Technology - The most advanced digital laboratory in Europe
  • Products - Matchless range of high-quality packs and frames
  • After-sales - Always somebody ready to take your call
  • Special Offers - Free mini-prints

As a souvenir of your time spent at Wolverhampton, we have a selection of gifts - both decorative and practical - available to purchase through our GoShop store.

Where to buy

Online: All gifts and souvenirs, are available to buy online through our e-store GoShop.

 

All the information that you need to ensure that your day runs smoothly will be available here.

 

 

Take a look at our Interactive map.

If travelling by bus or train you will find that the Grand Theatre is walking distance from both stations. Bus routes can be found via the National Express and Train routes can be found via National Rail Enquiries.

Once you graduate you become alumni of the University of Wolverhampton and members of the Alumni Association.

Our alumni community is more than 140,000 graduates strong from over 130 countires worldwide.

It's like the Students' Union for you after graduation, here to support you for life, both professionally and socially, including professional networking, career support, invitation to professional and social events, and providing help organising reunions. 

Also, there is a host of ways in which you can give back and support your alma mater, whether it be by becoming a mentor, providing a talk, writing a career case study, and more. 

Visit the Alumni webpage to discover more.

As government guidance is made available on when and how restrictions on mass gatherings are going to be altered we will be able to provide more detailed information on ceremony arrangements. We understand that you will be looking forward to receiving more information about this special occasion, and will publish information as soon as we can. We thank you for your continued patience.

If you would still like to get in touch with us you may do so at graduates@wlv.ac.uk