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"Not Cleared" to attend graduation

Completing your studies and having been awarded by the University usually fulfils the conditions for a student to be “clear to attend” Graduation.

Students are invited to Graduation in anticipation of being awarded, this means we expect you to have completed your studies by June for Summer Graduation and November for Winter Graduation, however there are some exceptions to this:

1) Undergraduates - you must have achieved the minimum requirement for an ordinary degree in order to attend you ceremony. If you have been offered reassessment to improve your classification or HEAR you are able to attend Graduation. If you have been recommended for an Ordinary award and you have been offered reassessment, you may still attend your ceremony.  However, if you have been recommended for the award of a Diploma in Higher Education or Certificate of Higher Education and are intending to take reassessment to achieve the full bachelors award you may not.  You will be invited to attend graduation at the next available opportunity following your reassessments.  Please note that not all programmes offer an Ordinary award.  Please check your programme specification for further details or ask your personal tutor.

2) Postgraduates - if you are holding a Postgraduate Diploma or certificate and are intending to take reassessment to achieve a full masters award you may not attend your ceremony.

3) Placements - you must have achieved the minimum requirement for the taught component of your degree and have an agreed completion date of your work placement.

If you are unclear about your situation once you have received your results, or you are worried about your situation now, please speak to your personal tutor, or a member of academic staff in your Department.

Please note - that if you decide to attend your graduation ceremony if you have an Ordinary award pending reassessment, then this may affect the title in the graduation programme – eg.  BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Ord) Therapeutic Studies.

There are a few instances where you may not be eligible (or “cleared”) to attend, and these include:

  • Having an outstanding tuition debt to the University;
  • Failing core assessments and not being able to complete your taught course;
  • Failing core assessments and not being awarded;
  • As a consequence of disciplinary action.

However, if you are not able to attend ceremonies for the above reasons and are subsequently awarded, you will usually be invited to attend the next appropriate ceremony instead.