Graduation update

Following updated government guidance, we are planning to offer students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 the choice of an in-person graduation ceremony or a virtual graduation ceremony in the summer of 2021. We will update these pages in due course once the details are finalised.

If you're in one of these cohorts, find out more about your graduation options.

Graduation is a formal ceremony to celebrate your achievement of successfully completing your studies at the University.

Graduation is a moment of pride and happiness, but also a chance to reflect on your years spent as a student.

Graduation 2016 highlights
See Graduates sharing their personal stories and experiences gained at the University of Portsmouth.

What happens at a Graduation ceremony?

The ceremony consists of speeches from the Presiding Officer, a student speaker and sometimes an honorary Graduate who has made an important impact in their field or the community.

A key part of the ceremony as a Graduate is walking across the stage in your academic dress.

The Presenting Head will announce your name and course. If you receive a first class or distinction award, they'll also announce this.

Each ceremony lasts about 1.5 hours.

Get a feel for what your graduation ceremony might be like by watching the 2019 ceremonies.

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