Students Staff



University of Essex

Graduation 2020 postponed

We're really sorry but Graduation 2020 is postponed. We know that our graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University’s academic year – and even more important than this, these are the culmination of your hard work, and an important opportunity for you to celebrate your achievements with your friends and family.

As a consequence of public health actions to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the very painful decision to postpone our summer 2020 Graduation ceremonies.

Celebrating your achievements

We will provide you with an opportunity to celebrate your achievements with friends and family as soon as we can, but we can't confirm new dates yet.

Your award, certificate and transcript

If you are eligible to graduate this summer you will have your awards conferred as expected; you will have access to your certificates and transcripts this summer and the fact that we are not holding graduation ceremonies will not affect this in any way.

Stay in touch for updates

We want to keep in touch with you and to let you know about ‘all things Essex’ after you officially finish. Please keep your external contact details up to date on ‘My Essex’ and do please let us know how you would like us to communicate with you in the future. You can update your preferences online, all you need is your PR_ID (formatted like ABCDE12345):

We promise to be in touch with updates when we have more news. For the moment we wish you all the best as you prepare for the summer assessment period.

Quick links


Colchester Campus

You can book accommodation when you're visiting for Graduation. Accommodation is provided in single ensuite bedrooms in self-contained flats each containing between six and fourteen rooms.

Gown hire

Three graduation students

All graduating students attending the graduation ceremony wear academic robes of the University of Essex (gown, cap/mortar board and hood) appropriate to the degree being conferred.

Guest tickets

Three graduation students

Guest tickets will be available to purchase and will admit the ticket holder to the Graduation Ceremony in the Ivor Crewe and to the departmental reception.