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Perth College UHI Graduation 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions content

Perth College UHI Graduation 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions

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We have made the difficult decision, in consultation with the Highlands and Islands Students' Association (HISA) that there will be no graduation ceremonies, either in person or virtually during 2020. We are disappointed - graduation ceremonies are a special occasion for all students, staff, family, and friends.

Students finishing in 2020 will still receive official confirmation of their awards from the awarding body as they normally would, with higher education students having their awards conferred and graduating in absentia. We still wish to mark your achievements and will be in touch to invite students to special celebratory events when it is safe to do so. The format and timing of these events will be determined in due course.

Prizegiving provides a really special end to the year for our further education students, as those invited along to get their awards and certificates are joined by guests, classmates and lecturers. We regret to say that the 2020 Prizegiving will not go ahead due to current restrictions.

Will the October 2020 Graduation go ahead? content

Will the October 2020 Graduation go ahead?

Will the October 2020 Graduation go ahead?

No. This difficult decision has been made in response to the Government guidelines regarding the coronavirus threat to our health. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, their families and friends are of the utmost importance to us.

Did you consult graduating students about cancelling the Graduation Ceremony? content

Did you consult graduating students about cancelling the Graduation Ceremony?

Did you consult graduating students about cancelling the Graduation Ceremony?

All UHI colleges made this difficult decision, in consultation with the Highlands and Islands Students' Association (HISA), that there will be no UHI graduation ceremonies, either in person or virtually during 2020.   

My Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled. How and when will I receive my certificate? content

My Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled. How and when will I receive my certificate?

My Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled. How and when will I receive my certificate?

Students finishing this year will still receive official confirmation of their awards from the awarding body as they normally would, with higher education students having their awards conferred and graduating in absentia.

While the University hopes to be able to send degree certificates out by post later in the summer, this will depend on how the public health emergency has evolved and if restrictions are still in place at that time. Further information/instructions on how you will receive your certificate will be sent to all affected students as soon as we can.

Am I still a Graduate if there is no Graduation Ceremony? content

Am I still a Graduate if there is no Graduation Ceremony?

Am I still a Graduate if there is no Graduation Ceremony?

 Yes. As there will be no Ceremony you graduate in absentia.

Will the Ceremony be rearranged? content

Will the Ceremony be rearranged?

Will the Ceremony be rearranged?

Unfortunately, we are not able to confirm a rescheduled Ceremony date at the moment, as we do not yet know how the health and safety restrictions will lift fully.

Will there be any celebration to mark my achievements in 2020? content

Will there be any celebration to mark my achievements in 2020?

Will there be any celebration to mark my achievements in 2020?

We want to ensure graduating students have an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and we are committed to working with HISA to mark your achievements, including congratulatory messages from The Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and College Principal, which will be posted on our Graduation web pages.  If and when it is safe to hold any special event, where your achievements will be celebrated, we will be in touch to provide more details. The format and timing of any event will be determined in due course. 

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Keeping up to date

Keeping up to date

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