After our degree congregation in January 2020, it was unimaginable to think we would hold no more ceremonies for the next two years. Regrettably, this is where we find ourselves today.
As with our summer graduation congregation of 2020, we have chosen to put the safety of our community first. Our 2021 ceremonies, including the summer degree congregation, have both been postponed.
It seems contradictory to hold back from lauding graduates whose achievements are worthy of the highest praise: indeed, any study success achieved by you and your 2020 counterparts arguably outweighs that of the cohorts preceding you. To meet Warwick’s exceptional academic standards is one thing; to do so in the face of a pandemic warrants the deepest admiration.
Regardless of the improbable circumstances in which we find ourselves, you will still graduate in July 2021, providing you meet the requirements of the award. However, this will be in absentia with your degree certificate arriving by post instead. In Term 3, we’ll ask you to register your address, to which we’ll send your certificate.
So we will celebrate. Perhaps this won’t be quite in the manner you deserve, but as a community, we’ll recognise your academic attainment and your fortitude. We’ll do this virtually, with a sense of fun, invention and pride.
And we will continue to plan and work towards 2022, a year in which we hope to celebrate like never before. Providing it is safe to do so, graduates of 2020 and 2021 will be welcomed back to campus, gathering alongside friends, family and familiar faces amongst our academic staff. What that summer event will look like is yet to be determined, but we are confident that it will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Until then, thank you for your continued hard work and commitment to study. We look forward to updating you about our graduation event plans for 2022 in due course.
Stuart Croft Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick