Class of July 2020

As you are aware we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our summer 2020 graduation ceremonies.

We would like to reassure you that you will have the opportunity to attend a future graduation ceremony. We are in the process of scheduling additional ceremonies for January and July 2021 which will only be for the class of July 2020, so that we can all celebrate the achievements of the class of 2020 in its own right.

Confirming your personal details

As the summer ceremonies have been postponed, we need all students who would have been graduating this summer to:

  • Confirm the details that will be on your degree certificate, and make sure we have the right address to mail it to
  • Let us know your preference for the January and July 2021 graduation ceremonies
  • Tell us how you would like to receive communications from the University after you leave and join our Alumni Association
  • Tell us about your future plans and interests so that our Career Development Service can continue to provide you with support.
Students who indicate that they would like to attend a Ceremony in either January 2021 or July 2021 will be contacted closer to the relevant time inviting them to complete graduation registration as normal.

If you were due to graduate in July 2020 you will have received an email inviting you to complete the information requested above. Please ensure you have completed this information by Sunday 31 May 2020. If you did not receive this email and you were expecting to do so, please contact the Graduation Team at

Award conferrals

Normally we confer degrees at the Graduation Ceremony. As our summer 2020 ceremonies are not taking place there will be an extraordinary meeting of Senate to confer degrees in July, ensuring that our class of 2020 receive their award at the time they would have done.

Fee deadlines

Please note, if you have any tuition fee debts these will need to be paid by Monday 6 July 2020 in order for you to receive your certificate and transcript (if applicable).

Postage options

Your certificate and transcript (if applicable) will be sent by Royal Mail Signed For to the address you have provided and you will receive an email with your tracking reference number once your documents have been posted.

You can purchase DHL delivery for your certificate and transcript (if applicable) by selecting ‘DHL Delivery - Graduation’ via our Shop website.  DHL delivery can be purchased if you are overseas, or if you require quicker delivery. The DHL link will be valid until midnight on Sunday 12th July 2020. If you purchase DHL delivery, you will receive an email with your tracking reference number once your documents have been posted.

Please be aware, all documents will be dispatched, whether you choose to attend a future ceremony or graduate in absentia, as soon as possible after students have been awarded, but this is subject to services being fully operational.


Upon graduating you join the University’s ever-growing alumni community, find out more by visiting our Alumni webpage.

Information for those unable to attend a future ceremony

If you cannot attend a future graduation ceremony, or you do not wish to, you can graduate “in absentia”. This means that you choose to graduate without attending a ceremony and in such cases your certificate and transcript (if applicable) will be sent by post to the address you have provided.


Your graduation is an official celebration of your accomplishments during your time at the University of Leicester. These pages have all the information you need to be fully prepared for your graduation ceremony, as well as what to expect on the day.

Regrettably, we now have taken the difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremonies which were due to be held on 14 to 17 July 2020

We know that this will be disappointing news for everyone but the safety and wellbeing of graduands and guests is our primary concern. We have also taken into account in this decision the ongoing uncertainty around how long restrictions on travel and large gatherings will remain in place, and the impact of this on our ability to prepare for graduation ceremonies and on our students’ ability to plan to attend with their guests. All students will still be given the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony. Additional ceremonies will be held during the 2020/21 academic year, and further information will be available in due course.

See live updates and stay tuned during graduation week across our social media pages!


Relive the experience - scroll through the videos to find your ceremony.

Departmental celebrations

Please contact your department/school for details of any celebration events they may be arranging for your graduation day.


Regrettably, we now have taken the difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremonies which were due to be held on 14 to 17 July 2020.




  • Collect your academic dress from the Sports Hall, Charles Wilson Building.
  • Ensure that your guests have printed their tickets - printing facilities will be available on the day in the Student Services Centre, Charles Wilson Building.
  • Tempest Photography is the official photographer for University of Leicester graduation ceremonies, offering an extensive range of products viewable in advance at Tempest will be operating multiple studios on graduation day within the Percy Gee Building. Specific information for Leicester graduands will be available shortly.
  • Check-in at De Montfort Hall at least 15 minutes before your ceremony.
  • Collect your degree certificate and transcript (if applicable) if you are attending your graduation ceremony.
  • Return your academic dress to the Sports Hall, Charles Wilson Building by TBC.

Top tips

Graduation is an important moment in any student’s life – a chance to celebrate academic achievements in the company of family, friends and colleagues.

 We’ve put together a list of top tips to help you prepare for your special day.

Watch our video on preparing for your Graduation.

Regrettably, we now have taken the difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremonies which were due to be held on 14 to 17 July 2020.

Location, location, location

Are you confident about your travel to the ceremony? Why not take a look at the University’s travel arrangements guide for information about location, travel and parking.

Timing is everything

Whether your ceremony is TBC or TBC, it's important that you read the ceremony details for the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly and on time.


Your graduation gown won’t have pockets, so remember to bring a bag to put your essentials in, or wear clothing with pockets beneath your gown. After all, your hands will be occupied with holding your degree certificate and University brochure!

Lights, camera, action

Don’t forget that your ceremony will be streamed live online, so be sure to send the link to anyone who is unable to attend.

What to wear

Your graduation ceremony is a formal event, so clothing underneath your graduation robes should be smart. Make sure you read the graduand dress code, as students wearing inappropriate clothing or footwear will not be allowed to attend their ceremony.

Fancy footwear

We all want to look good on our big day – after all, you deserve to look and feel your best! Do remember that you’ll be on your feet for most of the day so wear comfortable footwear that won’t leave you hobbling across the stage!

Get camera happy

Graduation will be one of the most memorable days of your life, so make sure to capture it all on your phone and camera! Don’t forget to tag us in your photos, along with #LeicesterGrad

Arrange a meeting place

Once the graduation ceremony is over, students often flock to the doors all at once. It’s a good idea to arrange a meeting place with family and friends so you can find them easily.

Keep in touch

The University of Leicester is overwhelmingly proud of all of its graduates and we hope you will keep in touch through the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Enjoy yourself!

Your graduation ceremony is the culmination of all your hard work and academic success. Enjoy the day and be proud of all you have achieved!

Alumni Community

Congratulations Class of 2020, and welcome!


Upon graduating you join the University’s ever-growing alumni community of 185,000 members across 201 countries worldwide.

But what does that mean for you?

It means that you now belong to an engaged network of fellow alumni, with access to events, opportunities and communications to maintain your connection with Leicester.

When you take off your graduation robes at the end of the day, it doesn’t mean that your university journey has come to an end; it signals the start of an exciting new chapter!

The Alumni Engagement Team are here to help you make connections and stay in touch. To make the most of your alumni benefits, please fill out a ‘Stay in Touch’ form on the University website, so we can keep you up to date on all the opportunities open to the Leicester alumni community. Once we have this, you can expect to receive communications such as the annual Gryphon alumni magazine, the quarterly Paternoster e-newsletter, and exclusive event invitations.

As you start your new chapter, don’t forget that careers advice is always on hand through the Career Development Service.

As a memento of your special day you will receive an email from the Alumni Engagement Team with a video clip of the moment you graduate. We hope you will proudly share this with your family and friends and across social media in celebration of your wonderful achievement.

Our team would love to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch at any time. Stay in the loop by following all of our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Tag us in your graduation pictures, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #LeicesterGrad

Congratulations, and welcome to the alumni family!

Stay in touch!


T: 0116 373 6275


LinkedIn: University of Leicester Alumni Association

Twitter: @LeicesterAlumni



Privacy Notice

Your personal data (name and award details - not including classification) will appear in the graduation brochure produced for the ceremony, unless you ask us to omit your details from the programme. We also share information relating to the graduation ceremony with third parties involved in the ceremonies, including photographers and videographers.

Graduation ceremonies are streamed live on the internet and are made available online thereafter.

Footage may be used by the University for media publications and advertising. All graduands and guests should be aware that they may feature in footage of the degree ceremony.

By registering to take part in your graduation ceremony and by requesting guest tickets, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded.

All students become members of the University’s Alumni Association upon graduation.

Read the full Student Information Privacy Notice.

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Use our graduation checklist to make sure that you have done everything you need to do before the ceremony, and know what to do on the day.

Contact Us

If you have any general enquiries about your graduation please contact the the Graduation Team on 0116 252 2448 or

Leicester Connect

Leicester Connect is a dedicated online social platform helping alumni stay connected with the University and fellow graduates from around the world.