Graduation ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies for 2021 completers

The September Graduation for students who have successfully completed their studies between 1 February 2021 and 14 September 2021 is taking place from 20-25 September on Plymouth Hoe. The timetable is available to view here.

Booking opens on 3 August 2021. Graduands will receive a separate personalised communication the day before, containing the information needed to book. If you are eligible to attend and did not receive this email please contact the graduation team.

COVID-19 advice

What you can do – While restrictions have now been lifted and large events are once again able to operate, there are measures we can all take to make Graduation safer for everyone. Vaccination provides the best protection against COVID-19, and having both doses of the vaccination can significantly reduce transmission. Therefore, and out of respect to everyone attending, we would strongly recommend those with vaccinations still outstanding should undertake these before Graduation if possible.

We would also strongly recommend that all attendees – whether it has been possible for them to arrange vaccinations or not – take a freely available lateral flow COVID-19 test, returning a negative result within the 24 hours prior to the event. We’re sure you will agree that if each of us follows these measures, we can celebrate together knowing we’ve taken steps to protect each other at the same time. This advice is informed by current local and national public health guidance which may be subject to change. Any updates will be published on this website.

What we are doing – Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement, however we are limiting graduates to two guests only, so attendance numbers will be significantly below normal capacity. However even with this measure in place, please be aware, many people will be gathering together inside the venue, and sitting next to, or nearby one another, so if you or any of your guests would feel uncomfortable in this situation, please consider carefully before booking tickets. The University will be following government guidance in regards to the wearing of masks. These are currently discretionary, albeit expected and recommended in crowded and enclosed spaces where people come into contact with those they don’t usually meet. We will remind attendees of the latest advice, which may change from that currently issued, ahead of the ceremonies. We will also have hand sanitiser stations, additional cleaning, and ushers at the venue to assist the flow of people. For those who are unable to attend, the ceremonies will be recorded and made available to watch within 24 hours of the event.

Online registration and tickets

Postgraduate Graduation ceremony

The Postgraduate Graduation is for postgraduate students who complete their studies between 1 September 2021 and 29 November 2021.

The event is provisionally scheduled to take place on 8 December 2021 at the Plymouth Guildhall.

Those eligible to attend will receive details in October.

Celebration event for 2020 completers

2020 graduates who were invited to the virtual graduations, will be invited to a celebration event next year.

Details will appear on this website nearer the time.

Our graduates - our alumni

Graduating from Plymouth means you're now part of a thriving alumni community making a difference across the world. We're incredibly proud of you and hope you feel the same way about us.

Your lifelong connection with us offers you many benefits, including careers support for three years after graduation and a host of alumni events around the world to help you to network and stay in touch with your old university friends.

Join the alumni community today to access a host of free benefits and services after you graduate.

Virtual Graduation February 2021

Our Virtual Graduation ceremonies for 2020 completers took place from 17-19 February 2021. These well attended events provided the opportunity for graduates and staff to join together online to celebrate their achievements with family and friends able to watch live on YouTube.

We would like to congratulate all our 2020 graduates and wish them the very best for the future.

The recorded ceremonies are available on YouTube via the links below.

Replacement and verification of awards

The exams and awards office offer an award documentation replacement and verification service for University of Plymouth graduates. The University began confirming its own awards in 1993/1994. This means that if your award was made prior to this date we will not be able to provide you with a duplicate certificate. However, we can confirm your award with an alumni certificate (if you were awarded a degree) or a letter of confirmation. For more information on how to order and pay for your award documentation replacement and/or verification please visit our online store: University of Plymouth eStore

If you require any further information please email: or telephone: +44 1752 586399

Contact the graduation team

Telephone: +44 1752 586399
Address: The Graduation Team, 008 Hepworth House, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom
Twitter: @PlymUni
Facebook: /plymouthuni

In any communication regarding graduation ceremonies, please quote your full name, telephone number, student reference number and programme of study. Please note that to be fair to all students, we can only discuss ceremony details with the student who is graduating. Unfortunately this does not include family and friends. Thank you for your understanding.