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Graduation

We’re postponing graduations events for February 2021

For the safety of our students, we’ve taken the decision to postpone the celebratory graduation events scheduled for February 2021. This is due to the global pandemic. We feel this is the best way to provide you with the certainty you need for your graduation ceremonies.

Our graduation ceremonies are only being postponed and will be rearranged. We’re currently working with our external venue and suppliers to identify alternative dates. Once the government issues further advice on holding public gatherings, we’ll make a decision. We’ll publish this information to keep you up to date.

Please also note receiving your certificate in no way affects your attendance at a future graduation ceremony.

Receiving your graduation certificate

This postponement does not impact on your award being conferred. The University’s Award Boards have the delegated authority of Senate to make awards for students. This process is not tethered to the graduation ceremony. Your awards will be conferred once all your work has been submitted, graded, moderated and considered by a University Award Board. We’ll be publishing revised dates for our Awards Board shortly.

We are sending out hardcopy documents of certificates and transcripts. Due to the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to guarantee that it will be possible to send out batches of certificates every couple of weeks as per our standard processes. Completion of the online certificate claim form will ensure that your request is added to our system and that your documents are posted in the next relevant batch of certificates, depending on your award date and any changes to the situation with the pandemic. We will email you when we have sent your certificate and transcript by tracked mail.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that we are updated with any changes to contact information as soon as possible. Completion of the online certificate claim form with any updated information will override your previous request and we will update your record.

Getting your certificate if you’re not attending a graduation ceremony

If you do not wish to attend your ceremony and instead wish to have your certificate sent to you by post, you must complete our online certificate claim form in order for your certificate to be sent.

Graduation award ceremony terms & conditions

Prior to booking to attend a University of Northampton Award Ceremony we ask all students and guests to read our terms and conditions. By booking you are agreeing to these terms. Please view and download our Award Ceremony Terms and Conditions.

Ceremony ticket refunds

All students who do not successfully complete their course in the timescale given for their ceremony booking will be automatically refunded. They will also be notified of this, by email, once the deadline for being awarded has passed.

There is a refund deadline for all ceremonies for non-result based refunds, as outlined in the information available prior to booking. Students who require a refund for guest tickets for reasons not relating to their results can use the online booking system prior to the refund deadline.

The refund deadline is very strict and refunds after the given date will only be processed in very exceptional circumstances. These cannot be actioned using the online booking system. Refunds will not be allowed once tickets have been sent to students. All information required for the refund to be processed must be received prior to this deadline. Partial information will not be considered. Requests after the deadline should be emailed to ceremonies@northampton.ac.uk.

For all gown refunds, you will need to liaise directly with Ede and Ravenscroft on 01223 861854 or using their online system.

Visa visitor letter requests for guests

If you would like us to provide you with letters to support either your visa application or your guests’ visitor visa applications please complete the letter request formPlease note that we cannot provide the letters until you have booked to attend the ceremony and purchased guest tickets for your ceremony.

Your certificate

For information on your certificate and transcript, replacement documentation or verifications please visit our Certification page.

Data protection and media disclaimer

As part of the award ceremonies experience, your name will appear in a variety of publications and photographs will be taken during the event for marketing purposes.

If you wish your name to be omitted or wish not to have your photograph taken, please email the ceremonies team: ceremonies@northampton.ac.uk as soon as possible. As most of the publications are printed in advance of the award ceremonies we will need advanced notice in order to omit you from these publications.

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