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Summer 2020 Graduation Postponement

The University has taken the difficult decision to postpone the celebratory graduation events scheduled for 21-24 July 2020 due to the current global pandemic. We are sorry that we have had to take this decision but we feel that this is the only way of providing you all with the certainty you need about your July graduation ceremonies.

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

Our graduation ceremonies are only postponed, and will be rearranged. The University is currently working with its external venue and suppliers to identify various options for alternative dates to run the graduation events. Once the government issues further advice with regard to holding public gatherings we will make a decision around dates and publish this information. We would like to reassure you that the University already has in place the option to defer attendance at graduation up to three times should the date not be suitable, and this will be further extended for all graduates impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

As University staff are being required to work from home, we are currently unable to produce certificates and transcripts. Students will all receive official Award letters via email, as usual, which can be used to evidence your award. Where you need additional evidence of your award for access to further study or employment, the University has been working very hard on temporary solutions to verify award letters while you are waiting for your certificate. If you find that you need additional information or evidence please get in touch at or 1604 893474.

Certificate and transcript reports are still being created electronically in preparation for printing. These documents are required to be printed on the necessary specialist security paper and will be sent to you as securely as soon as we are able after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Please note, that awards which result in the University registration of graduates with a professional body are not impacted by the production of certification. The University registration of these graduates will take place as usual following the conferment of a student’s award.

Graduation Day Information

If you believe you are eligible but do not receive an invitation by the second week of October please contact the ceremonies office:

By booking to attend a University of Northampton Award Ceremony students are agreeing to our Award Ceremonies terms and conditions.

Not attending a 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.

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 the ceremony they have booked to attend 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 get a refund using the online booking system prior to the refund deadline.

The refund deadline is a very strict deadline and refunds after the given date will only be processed in very exceptional circumstances, and 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 needs to be received prior to this deadline, partial information will not be considered. Requests after the deadline should be emailed to

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

Visitor visa 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 form. Please 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 Certificatio 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: 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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