We have taken the difficult decision to defer next week’s graduation ceremonies for 2021 graduates to a later date and the planned ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in January. The institute has also deferred a celebratory ceremony for 2020 graduates planned for the following week.
The decision to defer the graduation ceremonies was due to the sustained growth of Covid-19 cases throughout the Christmas period and the continual need to support public health practices in preventing the spread of Covid-19. The holding of the event so soon after the holiday period combined with the profile of the attendees represents a high risk, given the omicron variant.
The conferring ceremony is an important occasion, marking our students' academic achievements and the hard work they have put into earning their qualification. We understand how important it is to celebrate this achievement in person, and we plan to hold conferring ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at a later date. We will be in touch with our graduates to confirm the new conferring dates and arrangements as soon as possible.
Robe refund information
All graduates who have pre-booked robes with official robe-makers Phelan Conan will get a full refund. Please email them at [email protected] quoting the booking reference.
We know this will come as a great disappointment to all graduates and their guests, but we ask for understanding given the circumstances.
The Academic Affairs Office will reopen on Tuesday, 4 January 2021.