Celebrating the Class of 2020
Lots of DMU students will be celebrating the end of years of hard work by graduating during this remarkable moment in recent history. Although we’re unable to hold physical ceremonies at this time, we will be marking this moment and celebrating the hundreds of extraordinary and unique success stories at DMU right here on these webpages.
We will be holding online celebration events paying tribute to the Class of 2020 students graduating this summer between 18 and 21 August across our digital and social media channels and we’d love for you to take part!
What’s happening during your online celebration event
Your online celebration event will include speeches from the Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop and the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of your faculty. There will also be a speech and poem from the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) Executive Team.
That’s not all, we will also be putting our graduands centre stage throughout the week across our social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok) through a variety of activities (using the hashtag #DMUgrads) so there is plenty for you to get involved in.
On each day, there will be a livestream hosted by a member of the DSU for you to join, chat and reminisce with other graduates. You can have a go at our TikTok challenge, take a photo with our Class of 2020 photo booth props, use our Class of 2020 Instagram filter and watch congratulatory videos from your academics and other DMU staff members. We’ll also be sharing lots of inspirational messages from DMU alumni, honourands and other special guests. Remember to look out for your DMU memories photos too!
We're incredibly proud of the remarkable resilience and tenacity all our students have shown, to not only achieve their degrees, but overcome the adversity a global pandemic has brought. All of our summer 2020 graduates have worked hard, displayed extraordinary determination and talent, and all would have had their highs and lows, their hopes and doubts, their setbacks and successes.
These individual successes form part of a bigger, shared experience. And that sharing is a huge part of what our university is really about. That’s why it’s so important, despite the restrictions, that we celebrate our graduands– albeit virtually – so we can see, feel, hear and celebrate your achievements.
See below for the dates your course will be spotlighted and honoured:
How to join
You can access the events and lots of the above content by visiting these webpages on the day of your faculty’s celebration from 10am. You and your family and friends are welcome to join the celebrations at any point during the day and beyond, as the ceremonies will stay online for you to enjoy at a time that works for you.
We know that the experience of our graduating students will not be the same as previous years, but we want to provide you with as memorable an experience as possible within the restrictions we are under.
Unfortunately, the university cannot formally offer a physical graduation experience at present, but we continue to explore options to hold these in the future in line with the latest government advice on physical distancing requirements. We will keep you updated as the situation develops.
Issuing of degree certificates
Due to the continued local lockdown in Leicester we are aiming to begin production of degree certificates towards the end of August, assuming we are able to return to campus at that time and this will be dependent on any further local lockdown restrictions and government guidelines. Between August and November certificates will be posted to the permanent address held on your student record. You must therefore make sure this record is up-to-date by checking your My Personal Details tile in MyDMU.
In order to keep our staff safe, we have adapted our working environment and this will regrettably extend our usual service levels to students as we are working with reduced staff capacity. We ask that you bear with us and be patient during this time but please do make sure your permanent address is correct. In order for us to prioritise the posting of certificates we may not be able to respond to queries relating to certificate production within our normal response times.
Please note: we cannot currently offer our usual service of allowing the collection of certificates in person.
Please be aware that your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) will be available from the 31st of July onwards. This report is an electronic document of your official academic transcript of your study at De Montfort University. It confirms your registration with us, the start and end dates of your programme, overall results, module results and any additional information that you may have accomplished. This is stamped with the University seal.
Please see the following link for more information on HEAR.
As a verified and secure way of documenting your achievements, this will provide the evidence that you require and can be shared with employers, government agencies or Universities. This should be used whilst you are waiting for your certificate to be issued to you.
If your employer, university or government agency requires confirmation of the validity of the HEAR, please ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to confirm this.