Graduation

A Message from Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University

Dear student,

As you will know, we had to take the difficult decision to postpone our September Graduation ceremonies until summer 2021 as it is not clear when large gatherings of people will be permitted. However, if you are eligible to graduate, please remember that we’re only postponing your moment of glory as you cross the stage!

The University and Bucks Students’ Union want to celebrate with you in what would have been your Graduation Week (8-10 September), and so we’re organising Facebook Live events so that you, your friends and family can mark your achievements in a virtual graduation event. You’ll see your name on screen and receive a video yearbook put together by your Students’ Union; video messages from me, your Head of School, the Students’ Union President and Bucks alumni, along with an online Graduation booklet.

You will receive an official invite soon but, in the meantime, these are the event dates for your course so you can keep the evening free and start planning your celebrations and choosing your special outfit:

  • Tuesday 8 September at 7.30pm – School of Media & Creative Industries and School of Art, Design & Performance
  • Wednesday 9 September at 7.30pm – School of Nursing & Allied Health, School of Human and Social Science, and School of Health Care & Social Work
  • Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm – Business, Law and Computing and Aviation & Security

Please don’t worry, your formal ceremony will still take place in your special Class of 2020 Graduation Week from 5-8 July, 2021, and you’ll still get your award and certificate this year, on time. We want to make sure that nothing stops the future you’ve been working so hard to prepare for since joining Bucks.

Best wishes,

Nick

Professor Nick Braisby
Vice-Chancellor

Graduation FAQs

If you have any other queries, please email Graduation@bucks.ac.uk.

Following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, it’s was not clear when large gatherings of people will be permitted, or when our Graduation venue will be able to reopen. It’s very important to us that our University community celebrates your achievement in the style you deserve. We didn’t want to make changes that could spoil the experience for you and your guests, and we know that it may also be difficult for you, and your family and friends to attend because of potential travel restrictions, health concerns and financial challenges.

The date of your award is when University Exam Boards meet and agree you have met the required criteria for the award of your degree. You results are available on Bucks Connect, and you will be emailed when they are available.

Your award is achieved when a Board of Examiners confirm that you have met the criteria to be awarded your degree and the date of this meeting is the date which will appear on your certificate. This is different to your ‘graduation’ date which relates to the ceremonial aspect.

Please don’t worry, you’ll still get your award on time. The Award Board of Examiners will be held in July as normal, the transcript confirming your award and grades for individual modules will be made available to you in July/early August after the Board of Examiners meet. We’ll post your certificates to you in early autumn. We want to make sure that nothing stops the future you’ve been working so hard to prepare for since joining Bucks.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and to follow the UK government guidelines but have set the Graduation Ceremonies for 5-8 July 2021 for those who had their ceremony postponed from September 2020. This will be a dedicated celebration for those affected by the postponed ceremonies and will not be combined with the following year’s celebrations. Bookings for the ceremonies will open closer to the time and this will be communicated with all students in due course.

We are all so proud of each and every one of you, and it’s important to us that we find a way to celebrate with you this year. The University and Bucks Students’ Union want to celebrate with you in what would have been your Graduation Week (8-10 September), and so we’re organising Facebook Live events so that you, your friends and family can mark your achievements in a virtual graduation event. You will receive an official invite soon but, in the meantime, these are the event dates for your course:

  • Tuesday 8 September at 7.30pm – School of Media & Creative Industries and School of Art, Design & Performance
  • Wednesday 9 September at 7.30pm – School of Nursing & Allied Health, School of Human and Social Science, and School of Health Care & Social Work
  • Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm – Business, Law and Computing and Aviation & Security

You will have the option to defer your graduation to a degree celebration at a later date.

No. Plans are still in place for the September 2021 graduation celebrations to go ahead as planned.