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Graduation Class of 2022

We’re pleased to announce that our next graduation will take place from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 October 2022 in Winchester Cathedral. You can find details of when each programme is scheduled to graduate in the Graduation 2022 Timetable.

All eligible students will receive their official graduation invitation by email between 18 July and 5 September 2022. For students whose award has been agreed in the summer, this will be approximately 3 working days after receiving a Final Exam Board letter. The invitation will include further details about how to complete graduation registration.

To make sure you have an enjoyable and memorable experience, we have put together some information to help you prepare for your day. Our Graduation Information Brochure 2022 includes information on what to wear, how to purchase guest tickets and much more! Or you can watch our Graduation Information Video.

We’re pleased to confirm that we are now accepting applications for the Graduation Assistance Fund. The fund is designed to provide financial support to students graduating in October 2022. An individual award is worth approximately £100 and covers the cost of gown hire and up to 3 guest tickets. Students applying for this fund should therefore wait to hire their gown or purchase guest tickets until they have heard back from us. You can find more details about the fund, including how to apply in the Graduation Assistance Fund 2022 Guidance Document 

If you have any questions about Graduation, please feel free to email us at graduation@winchester.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for graduation?

You will be eligible to attend the October 2022 graduation ceremonies if you have:

  • Formally completed your degree programme (i.e. received your final exam board letter confirming your degree) by 1 September 2022; and
  • Have no outstanding financial debts with the University, including with the library and multi-media centre, by 1 September 2022; 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.

Where is graduation taking place?

All graduation ceremonies are being held in Winchester Cathedral, with gown collection and professional photography taking place in the Guildhall. It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk between each venue.

How can I register my attendance?

Once you have received your official graduation invitation via email, you will then be able to register on My Record. Please follow the instructions provided in your invitation.

If you are having trouble logging into My Record please contact servicedesk@winchester.ac.uk.

What happens if I cannot attend the ceremony?

If you are unable to attend your ceremony you will have to graduate in absentia (i.e. not attend). In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to defer your graduation for one year, although this is not guaranteed. Typically, deferment would be granted for things like ill-health, or death of a close relative. Please email graduation@winchester.ac.uk for more information.

Are there extra guest tickets available to purchase?

All graduands who register before the deadline will have the opportunity to purchase up to 3 guest tickets. We will send an email to all graduands week commencing 12 September to confirm if any extra tickets are available and how these can be purchased, if applicable.

Is there any financial support available to students?

Yes, the Graduation Assistance Fund is designed to provide financial support to students graduating in October 2022. An individual award is worth approximately £100 and covers the cost of gown hire and up to 3 guest tickets. Students applying for this fund should therefore wait to hire their gown or purchase guest tickets until they have heard back from us. You can find more details on the Graduation Assistance Fund 2022 Guidance Document.

Which name will appear on my certificate?

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 you may have problems 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 My Record before you finish your studies. If there are middle names missing, or anything is mis-spelled, please email some official ID (passport, driving license etc) to Registry and we will update your record for you. Please make sure you have checked your name before the 1 September 2022.

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

When will I receive my certificate?

If your degree was awarded between September 2021 and May 2022, you will receive your certificate in the post.  This will be sent to your home address as shown on My Record.  If your degree is awarded over the summer then you will receive your certificate at Graduation.  If you do not attend graduation, your certificate will be posted to your home address in November.  Please note that it can take six to eight weeks for your certificate to arrive through the post, particularly for international addresses.  If you still have not received your certificate eight weeks after award/graduation please contact graduation@winchester.ac.uk

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 write a letter for you explaining the situation.  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 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.

How will the university use my data?

The University of Winchester treats very seriously both the personal data and the sensitive personal data it processes on behalf of primarily its students and staff members, and also a wide range of other people who it works and has contact with (including potential students, visitors, members of the public, contractors and people it works with as a University). You can find a statement of how the University will process the personal data and sensitive personal data of students and their guests on the Policies and Regulations page.