Graduation

Due to the Government’s precautionary warnings around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Buckingham has decided to postpone its graduation ceremonies which were originally scheduled for the 20th and 21st of March. We welcome students of over 100 different nationalities to the University and were looking forward to hosting this momentous occasion designed to celebrate their achievements. We are rescheduling the event for later in the year to ensure that we can congratulate all of our graduates with the level of ceremony and celebrations they deserve.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon comments, ‘After careful consideration, we believe this to be the best decision for our students and their guests. While we understand there will be disappointment at the news of a postponement, the health and safety of our students and their friends and family is of the utmost importance to us. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that everyone will still join us for the ceremony later this year.’

Frequently Asked Questions

I have purchased tickets for the Reception. Will this be refunded?
Yes, all Reception ticket purchases have automatically been refunded.

I have booked official photography through Marston Events. Will this be refunded?
If you are not planning to attend the deferred Graduation, you can arrange a refund by contacting Marston Events directly on 01293 822255 or email info@yourgraduation.co.uk

I have hired my gown from Ede and Ravenscroft. How do I arrange a refund?
Please contact the Ede and Ravenscroft Call Centre on 01223 861854 to cancel your order and arrange a refund.

I have purchased tickets for the Swan Ball. Will this be refunded?
Yes, all Swan Ball ticket purchases will automatically be refunded.

Will I still receive my degree certificate?
Yes, either at a future ceremony or in the post; any certificates posted will be sent to the address you provided during the online Graduation Confirmation process.

When will a new date be scheduled?
The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will announce revised graduation dates as soon as we are able. ​The rescheduled ceremonies will take place in 2021.

 My visa will have expired; will I need a new one?
Graduands and their families travelling to the UK for the purposes of attending a ceremony after their visa has expired will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa; information about these can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa

How will I be contacted when the Ceremony has been rescheduled?
All correspondence will be via email to your personal email address. Information will also be published on the University website and social media.

Will the University reimburse me for any travel costs?
The University of Buckingham recognises that postponing our graduation may have affected your travel arrangements to the UK. Whilst we are sympathetic to your circumstances, the decision to postpone Graduation, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), was taken in order to safeguard the health of our former and current students, as well as their relatives, our members of staff and the general public. The outbreak itself is outside the University’s control and we cannot offer you compensation for any ancillary costs incurred in preparation to attend Graduation.

We would advise you to contact your airline for information on cancelling or delaying your trip to the UK. Similarly, if you have travel insurance, we would advise you to contact your provider for information regarding the extent of your coverage in these circumstances.

Where can I find further information about COVID-19?
The University’s guidance can be found at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/student-life/student-welfare/coronavirus-advice
The UK Government’s guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Frequently Asked Questions (Summer Ceremonies)

Will I still receive my degree certificate?
Yes, at a future ceremony.

When will a new date be scheduled?
The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will announce revised graduation dates as soon as we are able.

My visa will have expired; will I need a new one?
Graduands and their families travelling to the UK for the purposes of attending a ceremony after their visa has expired will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa; information about these can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa

How will I be contacted when the Ceremony has been rescheduled?
All correspondence will be via email to your personal email address. Information will also be published on the University website and social media.

Will the University reimburse me for any travel costs?
The University of Buckingham recognises that postponing our graduation may have affected your travel arrangements to the UK. Whilst we are sympathetic to your circumstances, the decision to postpone Graduation, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), was taken in order to safeguard the health of our former and current students, as well as their relatives, our members of staff and the general public. The outbreak itself is outside the University’s control and we cannot offer you compensation for any ancillary costs incurred in preparation to attend Graduation.

We would advise you to contact your airline for information on cancelling or delaying your trip to the UK. Similarly, if you have travel insurance, we would advise you to contact your provider for information regarding the extent of your coverage in these circumstances.

Where can I find further information about COVID-19?
The University’s guidance can be found at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/student-life/student-welfare/coronavirus-advice
The UK Government’s guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public