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A statement on Graduations


After careful and lengthy consideration of multiple factors, including the Government’s four-step roadmap out of lockdown and ongoing uncertainty around how mass events might be able to operate safely in the summer months, the university, like many other universities, has now taken the difficult decision to delay July 2021 graduation ceremonies until the autumn at the earliest. 

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Our commitment is to provide a memorable DMU graduation day experience at the safest possible time to do so; were we to go ahead in July it would likely be a very small event and that isn’t the experience we are committed to giving you. 

We are assessing a variety of scenarios in order to ensure you have an exciting graduation, and information on arrangements for ceremonies will be shared in the coming weeks via the usual channels when we have more certainty. 

We recognise this is a decision that will be disappointing for many, but the safety of our students, their families and friends, and all in the DMU community had to be our priority. This delay means we will be able to get a clearer picture on restrictions on public gatherings, social distancing and travel. We want to give you the sort of graduation experience you deserve after this most challenging of years, not a compromised one. 

We also want to assure all graduates of summer 2020 and January 2021 that you are not forgotten – and you will also receive the opportunity of an in-person graduation celebration event that friends and family will be able to attend in the future. 

Thank you for your continuing patience and understanding and please do be assured that giving you a memorable graduation ceremony remains a key priority for us.

Posted on Tuesday 30th March 2021

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