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The past 12 months have seen dramatic changes to how we meet with our family and friends and university life has also had to adapt during the pandemic. Last year we were sadly forced to postpone the graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A year on, the picture is still unfortunately unclear. There are increasing concerns that the UK will experience a third wave of the pandemic in the summer which could lead to further restrictions on international travel and socialising.

I have also had an opportunity to reflect on what students would expect for their graduation, both for our current students and the class of 2020, and explored all possible options for this year in consultation with uea (su) student representatives.

It is with a great deal of sadness that unfortunately I have to announce that this year’s graduation ceremony has been postponed.

The focus instead will be to look ahead to 2022, when the pandemic will be under greater control and social restrictions will hopefully be completely lifted, to enable all our students to come back to UEA to celebrate their graduation in the way they want to.

I hope you understand the reasons for this very difficult decision; and join with me in looking forward to 2022. You will be able to find out more about the plans for 2022 here as they evolve.

Yours,
David

Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson

The past 12 months have seen dramatic changes to how we meet with our family and friends and university life has also had to adapt during the pandemic. Last year we were sadly forced to postpone the graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A year on, the picture is still unfortunately unclear. There are increasing concerns that the UK will experience a third wave of the pandemic in the summer which could lead to further restrictions on international travel and socialising.

I have also had an opportunity to reflect on what students would expect for their graduation, both for our current students and the class of 2020, and explored all possible options for this year in consultation with uea (su) student representatives.

It is with a great deal of sadness that unfortunately I have to announce that this year’s graduation ceremony has been postponed.

The focus instead will be to look ahead to 2022, when the pandemic will be under greater control and social restrictions will hopefully be completely lifted, to enable all our students to come back to UEA to celebrate their graduation in the way they want to.

I hope you understand the reasons for this very difficult decision; and join with me in looking forward to 2022. You will be able to find out more about the plans for 2022 here as they evolve.

Yours,
David

Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson

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