Two students dressed in official graduation attire next to parents who are really happy

Congratulations! You’ve done it!

You’re now part of the Portsmouth Alumni Community

Welcome to your alumni community!

You’ll always be part of Portsmouth. And to remind you that we’re all here for you and to show you how much you mean to us, here’s a special film that celebrates you and your achievements.

Class of 2020
Take a few minutes to see how proud our University community is of each and every one of you

Graham Galbraith: My name is Graham Galbraith and as Vice Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth I want to take this opportunity today to say a big well done and congratulations for what you have achieved.

Karen Blackett: Hi, I’m Karen Blackett. I am the Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth and I have the great pleasure of saying congratulations. Lots of hard work, I have no doubt, has got you through to today, so well done. All of that hard work has to be recognised and you have to spend some time pausing and taking stock of exactly what you have achieved. 

Graham Galbraith: What you have achieved is quite extraordinary. You’ve worked hard over many years with dedication and you have achieved your degree qualification. And you've done so during quite extraordinarily difficult times of profound change.

Karen Blackett: You are now one of over 250,000 graduates from the University, just like myself. And your journey with the University does not end here. We want to ensure that we stay in touch with you, that you get careers advice, that you get mentoring and you get all the help that you need ready for your next stage of your journey whatever that may be. 

Graham Galbraith: We want to know what you’re achieving. We want to know the great things that you are doing. And, of course, we want to support you on your journey through life.

Karen Blackett: If you haven’t secured or decided what your next step is, it’s absolutely fine. Just take time and please make sure that you spend today just recognising exactly what you have achieved. You’re part of that global family and you always will be. 

Graham Galbraith: Celebrate all your hard work and reflect on the many memories that you will have of life at the University. And, of course, reflect on the person that you have become.

Thank you very much for entrusting those precious years of your life to the University of Portsmouth.

Class of 2021
Take a few minutes to see how proud our University community is of each and every one of you

Graham Galbraith: I want to say a huge well done and congratulations to you on completing your degree. 

Karen Blackett: Congratulations. You are graduates of the University of Portsmouth. What an amazing achievement.

Graham Galbraith: We are certainly very proud of you and your hard work and dedication which has culminated in this moment.

Karen Blackett: Please take time today to give yourself a pat on the back, because I know it has been incredibly difficult. I really genuinely do.

Graham Galbraith: You should be rightfully proud of your achievements and the person that you have become.

Karen Blackett: We are there to cheerlead you all the way to whatever you decide to do next.

Graham Galbraith: We also love to hear your stories and maybe one day you will come back to the university and support future generations of University of Portsmouth students.

Karen Blackett: You're amazing, you're brilliant, you've achieved, you are part of our university family, which extends globally.

Graham Galbraith: Be ambitious and bold and use your talents for the betterment of society and for the good of others. Thank you very much for entrusting those precious years of your life to the University of Portsmouth.

Karen Blackett: Well done to all of you, congratulations. Please take some time to celebrate.

Graham Galbraith: Congratulations to the class of 2021.

Grad Connect 2021

The Grad Connect series commences on Monday 8 November. It's time to get career-ready!

We're here to help you in the next steps of your career. Whether you graduated in 2019, 2020, 2021, let us inspire you.

The event is focused on helping you succeed. Using your feedback, we have based the series and accompanying events around resilience, motivation and mindset.

You’re resilient, you’re employable – you’re a Portsmouth grad.

Shot from behind of graduates throwing their graduation caps up in the air

You join a network of over 250,000 global graduates – take advantage of the benefits.

Your hard work, determination and resilience have paid off and will continue to pay off for the rest of your life. You’re among a very special group of graduates, setting out during a unique moment in history. Our University community is here to support you at the beginning of this journey now and wherever your journey takes you.

Trust your head, your heart, and then trust your gut. You’ll need to be strong and resilient. You’ve got this! Most importantly, find your purpose and your happiness.

Karen Blackett OBE, Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth and Geography alumna '92

We hope that you make the most of your connection to the University and your fellow alumni. Join us at our networking events and take advantage of the benefits of being a University of Portsmouth graduate, which includes five years of career and start up support.

And when your career takes off we hope you will come back to the University to inspire the next generation of Portsmouth graduates!

Keep in touch

Keep your details up-to-date so you don’t miss out on alumni events, opportunities and news. You can also contact us by email at or call us on +44 (0)23 9284 2705. We’d love to hear from you.


Get involved in our photo giveaway during graduation and be in with a chance of winning a £100 One4all gift card (we've got 10 to give away!). All you need to do is tag us in your graduation photos using #uopclassof2020 or #uopclassof2021 and we’ll enter you into the draw.

Giveaway closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 29 July. Winners will be drawn at random and notified via Instagram, Twitter. Facebook or Tik Tok on Friday 30 July. This giveaway is open to the cohorts of 2020 and 2021 only.

Save on Postgraduate study

As a Portsmouth graduate, you could receive a £3,000 scholarship towards a Master's degree, or 20% off tuition fees for a Master's or PhD (terms and conditions apply)

As a 2020 or 2021 graduate, you're guaranteed a conditional offer for most MA/MSc degrees on the achievement of a good honours degree and we can pre-match you to appropriate progression courses, saving you time and effort. Apply for a Master's using our Fast Track Application route.

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