Information for students

Page last updated 19/11/2020

Graduation

Information for students graduating in 2020 and 2021, including around graduation ceremony postponement as a result of coronavirus.

Class of 2020

We took the difficult decision to postpone the graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 2020 to protect the health and wellbeing our students, their families, and our colleagues. Public Health England have advised that social distancing measures are likely to be in force for the next few months and that it would be unsafe to hold large events such as graduation.

We know how important graduation is to you and to your family so want to reassure you that this is a postponement and not a cancellation. We will reschedule the ceremonies as soon as we have confidence that they can go ahead safely and in keeping with the advice from the government and Public Health England.

Yes, it is important to note that there is a difference between graduating (being awarded your degree) and the graduation ceremony (the celebration event). You will still graduate when the Board of Examiners award your degree.

We launched the Class of 2020 digital yearbook to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the class of 2020. The yearbook is available through Beckett Connect. To join, please visit beckettconnect and register as class of 2020. We will be updating the yearbook regularly with careers information, guidance on how to access ongoing support from the university and details on your rearranged graduation ceremonies once this is available.

We will email your personal email address to let you know about your graduation ceremonies. 

If you need to update your contact details since completing your course at Leeds Beckett, please contact your school. 

We will also update the graduation webpage and the Class of 2020 yearbook on beckettconnect with graduation information, once confirmed.

If you have not yet received your certificate, it is important that you ensure your ‘permanent home address’ (where you live outside of term time – such as your family’s address or the address you live at in your home country) is up to date.

You can update your contact details by contacting your school.

The university’s gowning suppliers, William Northam, are offering a Ship to Home service, where they will send your graduation outfit directly to you for 7 days. You can find more information on their website.

Information on the academic dress for different qualifications awarded is available on our graduation website.

Class of 2021

Yes, it is important to note that there is a difference between graduating (being awarded your degree) and the graduation ceremony (the celebration event). You will still graduate when the Board of Examiners award your degree.

In line with Public Health England social distancing guidance, it is advised that large gatherings, such as graduation, should not currently take place.

We know how important graduation is to you and to your family so want to reassure you that we will schedule your ceremony as soon as we have confidence that it can go ahead safely and in keeping with the advice from the government and Public Health England.

We will email you to let you know about your graduation ceremonies. Please make sure that you keep your personal email address up to date on MyBeckett.  

You can update your contact details by either:

  • Logging into ‘My Beckett’, selecting the ‘My Account’ tab at the top of the screen and then selecting ‘Welcome System (Update my data)’, logging in to Online Welcome and selecting ‘Update my data’ in ‘My Links’.
  • Logging into Online Welcome directly and selecting ‘Update my data’ within the ‘My Links’ section of the screen.

If you have any problems doing this, please contact your school to update your details.

We will also update the graduation webpage with graduation information, once confirmed.

If you are a final year student, it is important that you ensure your ‘permanent home address’ (where you live outside of term time – such as your family’s address or the address you live at in your home country) is updated on MyBeckett, so we can ensure you receive your graduation certificate. If your address is not updated, you may face delays in receiving your award certificate or may not receive it at all.

You can update your contact details by either:

  • Logging into ‘My Beckett’, selecting the ‘My Account’ tab at the top of the screen and then selecting ‘Welcome System (Update my data)’, logging in to Online Welcome and selecting ‘Update my data’ in ‘My Links’.
  • Logging into Online Welcome directly and selecting ‘Update my data’ within the ‘My Links’ section of the screen.

If you have any problems doing this, please contact your school to update your details.

You can stay connected with Leeds Beckett via Beckett Connect our graduate networking platform. Beckett Connect helps you find professional opportunities such as mentoring, jobs, internships and introductions, and social opportunities including events, groups and discussions. No matter where you are in your career, Beckett Connect has something to offer you.