Leicester students all set for ‘virtual’ Graduation celebrations

Students from the University of Leicester’s Class of 2021 will celebrate completing their studies with virtual Graduation celebrations this week.

While Government lockdown measures mean students are not able to cap off their degrees in the usual way, up to 2,500 graduands will still be able to mark the milestone alongside their peers with virtual celebrations on Thursday 21 January and Friday 22 January.

Students from 26 subjects across the University’s three Colleges have been invited to celebrate at virtual events this week, with recordings of each ceremony available shortly afterwards.

University of Leicester President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah said of this year’s graduands:

“We are immensely proud of every single one of our world-ready graduates who have completed their studies in this most difficult of periods.

“Each of you will go on to forge your own path in your chosen field, but I hope that the lessons learned during your time at Leicester will serve as lasting memories for you all.

“You are all part of our University family, and we look forward to celebrating your achievements and success with you.”

Each event will be led by the head of each College, with academic staff and representatives from Leicester Students’ Union also in attendance. Students have been sent a direct Zoom link to the relevant digital celebration by their College.

Students from some medical courses graduated early in 2020 in order to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University will be able to share plans for full Graduation ceremonies once lockdown measures are eased.