Explore information about our Graduation ceremonies, held annually in Winchester Cathedral.

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Alan Titchmarsh shaking a graduate's hand


Here you'll find more information about our Graduation ceremonies. 

Graduation 2019

Enjoy photos from last year's ceremonies taken by photographer Dominic Parkes


Graduation 2020 - postponed to May 2021 (subject to advice from Public Health England)

We firmly believe graduation is one of life’s great moments, a real celebration. As such, it is our intention to give our 2020 graduating students the full experience, shaking the hand of the Chancellor, Alan Titchmarsh, together with your fellow graduates, in Winchester Cathedral. Unfortunately, the restrictions on mass gatherings and social distancing requirements due the Covid-19 pandemic mean our Graduation Ceremonies cannot take place this October.

However, we are pleased to say that we have secured the week beginning 24 May 2021, to hold graduation ceremonies in Winchester Cathedral. Further details of the time and date of each ceremony will follow. This will of course be dependent on government public health advice and guidance at the time.

We expect to announce the dates and times of the ceremonnies and issue invitations in early 2021.

Feel free to get in touch with us about any aspect of Graduation. Email us on graduation@winchester.ac.uk


Graduation Information

When will my ceremony be?

Graduation for the Class of 2020 will take place the week of the 24 May 2021.  The timetable of ceremonies will be released in late January 2021, when you will receive your formal graduation invitation. This will be sent via email to your unimail and personal* email addresses

Please do not assume that your ceremony will be on the same day and time as was arranged for October 2020.

Please also be aware that our plans are dependent on government public health advice and guidance at the time so may be subject to further change.  We will keep you informed as early as possible of any changes.

* as recorded in My Record

Check your details are up-to-date

We will communicate with you only via email so it is important that you check your personal email is up-to-date on MyRecord. Whilst you are there please also check your official name and your home address. It is your responsibility to make sure all your details are correct before you finish your studies. There will be a significant delay in receiving your certificate if it is posted to an incorrect address.

You should keep an eye on your unimail account as this will be our main form of communication. You may like to set up automatic forwarding to your personal address before you leave University. You do still have access to this after you have finished your degree, via https://login.microsoftonline.com

Am I eligible for graduation?

You will be eligible to attend the May 2021 graduation ceremonies if you have:

  • Formally completed your degree programme (i.e. received your final exam board letter confirming your degree) before 30 September 2020; and
  • Have no outstanding financial debts with the University, including with the library and multi-media centre, by 31 December 2020; and
  • Have completed a programme of study at Level 6 (Bachelor degree) or higher

Please note that CertHE and DipHE awardees are not eligible to attend graduation.

Official name

Your degree certificate is a unique and important document. The name on your degree certificate should be the same as your full legal name (i.e. the name on your passport/birth certificate/driving licence) at the time you were a student here. If the name on your degree certificate does not match your official name it may be problematic in the future, particularly if you are trying to get your qualification recognised abroad.   

It is your responsibility to make sure your official name is correct on MyRecord before you finish your studies. If there are middle names missing, or anything is mis-spelled, please send a colour scan/photograph of your ID to graduation@winchester.ac.uk. Please make sure you have checked your name and informed us of any changes by 6 August 2020.

Please note that once your certificate has been printed it will not be possible to change your name except in very exceptional circumstances.


If your degree was awarded after April 2020, you will receive your certificate at your postponed ceremony in May 2021.  If you do not attend graduation, your certificate will be posted to your home address in June. 

If you have already received your certificate, you will not get another one at Graduation. Instead, your certificate folder will have a congratulatory letter inside.

We advise you not to post photographs of your degree certificate showing your name/degree information on social media as it can put you at risk of identity theft. 

If you need to confirm your degree before Graduation, e.g. if you are applying for another course, please contact graduation@winchester.ac.uk and we can issue you with an award letter.  You do also have access to your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) which is an official university document that details your awarded degree and lists all of your modules and grades.  This is accessible through the website www.gradintel.com  You will have been sent a username when you first started at University.  If you have forgotten this please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk and we will resend this to you. You can securely share your HEAR with prospective employers or other institutions through the gradintel website.

Graduation invitation

Your graduation invitation is sent via email – to your unimail and personal email addresses (as recorded via My Record). It will be sent out in late January 2021.

Your invitation letter will confirm which ceremony you are being invited to. Once you have received your invitation, you need to follow the instructions in the email to confirm that you are attending or to request to graduate in absentia (this is the term used when you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony). 

If you have not had your graduation invitation by the end of January 2021, please contact graduation@winchester.ac.uk

Please note that you will need to register for graduation by the 28 February 2021.

What happens if I cannot attend the ceremony?

If you are unable to attend your ceremony, you must follow the instructions on your Personal Graduation Invitation and indicate that you will not be attending. Your degree will then be conferred ‘in absentia’. Your name will appear in the programme but will not be read out during the ceremony.

In very exceptional circumstances you may be able to apply to defer your graduation until the next graduation period (October 2021). Please note that this will be decided on a case by case basis and we offer no guarantees that you will be able to defer. We would not normally consider postponement due to Covid-19 a valid reason to request to defer your graduation. Typically deferment would be granted for things like ill-health, death of a close relative etc. If you would like to apply to defer your graduation please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk


Our aim is to offer to all students who register by the deadline of 28 February, the opportunity to request up to two guest tickets. Information about tickets will be sent to you with your graduation invitation.

Generally, if all students invited to a ceremony are able to attend, and each take up their two offered tickets, the ceremony will be full and there will be no extra tickets available.

Graduation assistance fund

Graduation is a special day which we want you to be able to enjoy. We work closely with our partners to try and keep costs down, but we are aware that for some students the cost of the gown might prevent them from attending.

The Graduation Assistance Fund covers the cost of gown hire. If your application is successful the University will arrange your gown hire directly, so please wait to book these until you have heard back from us.

You can apply for the assistance fund if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You have received your award letter confirming your degree
  • You don’t have any outstanding debts with the University
  • You have been assessed by Student Finance England as living in a low-income household (i.e. under £42,875) OR you are a Sanctuary Award student
  • You are contactable by email the week of the 1 March 2021

To apply, please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk by the deadline of Monday 15 February 2021. 

Please make sure you include your student number on all communication with us.

You will be notified by Monday 8 March if your application has been successful or not. If we receive more applications than we can fund, winning applications will be picked at random from all eligible entries.

Please note that there are already graduation bursaries available for care leavers and estranged students, so these students are not eligible for the Graduation Assistance Fund. Please contact studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk to find out more.