Graduation ceremonies


Please note that following recent communications to all graduates, registration to attend the Virtual Graduation has now CLOSED (deadline Sunday 6th December).

If you have completed the registration process, you will have received further details regarding the virtual graduation celebrations that will take place week commencing 15 February 2021. If you did not receive the email or missed the deadline, but would still like to attend, please contact .

We are proud of your hard work and achievements in an extremely challenging year and we will host a special week of virtual graduation activity for our amazing class of 2020, even though we sadly aren’t able to celebrate with you in person at this time.

In addition to the Virtual Graduation, details of how graduates can help to shape a face-to-face celebration event later next year, subject to Government guidance at that time, will be emailed to you following the Virtual Graduation.

We will be collaborating with video streaming and production company First Sight Media and Stage Clip, a company revolutionising social media engagement at virtual graduation ceremonies, who have the experience and expertise to deliver a format that is as close to a traditional ceremony as possible.  By using a combination of virtual meeting break out rooms, streaming and personalised clips they create a live, interactive graduation for all graduands attending and featuring many of the elements of a physical ceremony. 

Formal academic dress (gown/hood/mortarboard) is not compulsory for the event, but if you would like to hire or purchase a robe set from J Wippell & Co Ltd and wear them on the day, you can do so via the below link. Orders for hired items will be dispatched to arrive at your chosen address at least 72 hours before the virtual ceremony. Delivery and returns are included in the 10 day hire price.

Virtual graduation for Peninsula Medical School

The next generation of doctors from the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Medical School celebrated the start of a new chapter, as they graduated early to support the NHS in its hour of need.

Most of the School’s 78 final-year medics took part in the virtual ceremony, with family and friends able to watch live, or catch up afterwards, on a private YouTube feed.

The interactive virtual graduation was made possible by First Sight Media, a live streaming and video production company who donated their services for free to ensure the students were able to celebrate their graduation and begin their work supporting frontline NHS staff. 

Please get involved and tag us in your Instagram stories on the day, or with the hashtags #plymgrad #virtuallytogether on other platforms. We would love to see how you are celebrating on the day and also to hear what your favourite memories and experiences are from your time studying in Plymouth.

Connect with the Plymouth Alumni team who will keep you up to date with everything you might want or need to know as a graduate and find out more information regarding ongoing support for graduates by visiting the link below:

Supporting graduates in a Covid-19 economy

Our graduates

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.

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 on the service:

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.