Future graduation FAQs

July 2021 graduation postponed to Spring 2022    (subject to prevailing Covid restrictions)

February 2021 and July 2020 - ceremonies postponed to Spring 2022 (subject to prevailing Covid restrictions)

February 2022 graduation - to be held in Spring 2022  (subject to prevailing Covid restrictions)

Frequently asked questions

When will my in-person graduation be?

We aim to hold ceremonies for all cohorts who have so far not been able to graduate (July 2020 and February 2021 cohorts) along with those due to graduate in July 2021 and February 2022 in Spring 2022. This will be dependent on how the pandemic evolves and we will keep all graduands updated. 

All communications will be sent by email, so please ensure that you keep your personal email address updated at Student Info so we can contact you after your @bristol.ac.uk address expires. 

If you no longer have access to Student Info your faculty administrators can update your contact details for you. 

Why are you postponing again when we are coming out of lockdown? 

Although the vaccine rollout continues apace and lockdown is gradually easing, we do not yet know how and if mass indoor events will be able to operate. If there is any social distancing required, we will not be able to run ceremonies in our venues because they are not big enough. Graduations are complex events that take months of planning and with risks around Autumn/ Winter potential additional restrictions we deem the risk of disruption too high to proceed. 

Will the China celebration be taking place? 

We aim to hold this in Spring 2022 in Shanghai.  

What are the virtual celebration events? 

The virtual celebration events are not replacements for graduations and are intentionally different events. You will be invited back for your in-person ceremony when we can safely hold them, but these events will give an opportunity for the Class of 2021 to celebrate your time at the University in the interim. Dates and more information will be sent to the relevant cohorts in due course.  

Can I hire a gown for celebrations before my graduation ceremony?

You are welcome to hire or purchase a gown for personal celebrations or University celebration events before your in-person graduation ceremony, via the Ede and Ravenscroft private hire webpage, though this is not obligatory.

Please note that if you hire a gown before attending an in-person ceremony in the future, you will need to hire a gown again as this is a requirement for our graduation ceremonies. 

I was due to graduate in July 2021, when will my degree be awarded?

The date of your award is when University Exam Boards meet and agree that you have met the required criteria for the award of your degree. Your school or faculty can tell you when your award is due to be considered at an exam board.

What is the difference between my 'award' and 'graduation'?

Your award is when a Board of Examiners confirm that you have met the criteria to be awarded your degree and the date of this meeting is the date which will appear on your certificate.

This will be different to your ‘graduation’ date which relates to the ceremonial aspect where your degree is conferred at a degree ceremony.

When will I receive my certificate or transcript?

July 2021 - ceremonies postponed

We aim to post certificates out in August, to students whose degrees are awarded by 21 July 2021 (inclusive).

You must ensure you have paid any outstanding tuition fees by Monday 12 July in order to receive your certificate.  You can check if you have outstanding tuition fees and make a payment using the MyBristol portal, under Fees and Funding.  Please note, this deadline does not apply to BVSc Veterinary Science and BSc Veterinary Nursing students whose payment deadline is Monday 28 June.

Please ensure that you keep your postal address up-to-date on Student Info or by contacting your Faculty if you no longer have access to Student Info.

If you need evidence of your degree before your certificate is available you can request an award verification letter, which can be sent to you electronically once your degree is awarded.  Please contact award-verification@bristol.ac.uk with any questions.

 You will receive information on how to download your transcript when you are notified that your award has been made. Please contact your faculty with any enquiries about receiving your transcript.

February 2021 - ceremonies postponed

Certificates were sent out in February 2021 to students whose degrees were awarded by 21 January 2021 (inclusive), to their registered home address.  If you still have not received your certificate please email exams-office@bristol.ac.uk.

Please contact your faculty with any enquiries about receiving your transcript.

July 2020 - ceremonies postponed

Certificates were posted in August 2020 to students whose degrees were awarded by 24 July 2020 (inclusive), to their registered home address.  If you still have not received your certificate please email exams-office@bristol.ac.uk

Please contact your faculty with enquiries about receiving your transcript.

What date will appear on my certificate?

The date on your certificate will be the date on which your degree is awarded by the exam board.  Your graduation date will not appear on your certificate.

I have already booked my travel arrangements. Will the University reimburse me?

Unfortunately, the University is unable to reimburse travel costs. We advise you to contact your travel company and/or travel insurance provider.

If I have deferred from a previous congregation, will I still be able to attend when the congregation is rearranged?

Yes, the University will offer you a place at a ceremony in the future.

What if I cannot attend Bristol at the time my ceremony is rescheduled to?

We may be able to offer for you to defer your attendance to a future ceremony date, if you are unable to attend for a legitimate reason such as illness or not being able to travel due to restrictions.


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