Summer Celebration
Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about our Summer Celebration. To help, we have put together some FAQs which will hopefully answer them. If you have further questions, please email

The Virtual Summer Celebrations are an addition to the physical ceremonies, which have been postponed until it is safe to do so. This is a fun event to virtually celebrate all your achievements and support you beyond University, through a live video and webpage.

We feel it is important to celebrate your achievements with you both now, and later at physical graduation. We want to remind you that we are here to support you, and that we're proud of you. We feel that every student deserves to celebrate their achievements, wherever you are in the world. #DerbyUniSuccess

Due to the current circumstances, the University has been required to postpone all physical graduations, in line with Government guidelines. This is to ensure the safety of all attendees. Do not worry, you will still get to graduate in person later on if you choose to.

Recently should have received your e-certificate from the University. This is an online version of your official Degree Certificate and has been sent to you this way so we can ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. An update regarding how you can access a hard copy of your certificate will be issued at a later date.

All Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and Certificates will be issued to you by the end of July. These documents are delivered electronically, and the system allows you to grant access to any relevant parties (e.g. potential employers or sponsors) to view this secure, authenticated document and confirm the qualification achieved.

The Virtual Summer Celebrations will be split by College, meaning you get to celebrate with your cohort. Specific days and times will be sent to you soon in your follow up invitation email, once you have registered your interest.

The Virtual Summer Celebrations will take roughly 45-50 minutes. As the virtual events are live, they may slightly run over so please allow a little extra time just in case.

Don't worry if you cannot attend the Virtual Summer Celebration! We know that many of our students are working- some in Key Worker roles. This is an addition to your physical graduation, not a replacement. This means that once it's safe to do so, we will host physical graduation as well. The Virtual Celebration ceremonies will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook, so you can re-watch them at any time.

As well as the Virtual Summer Celebration, we're offering a web page (which will be available very soon.) There will be information about your Virtual Celebration and later, your physical graduation.

Along with this, there will be messages of congratulations from University staff, information about the Alumni Team, along with support from the Careers Service and Wellbeing Teams.

You will also find a University memory wall which you can upload photos to through using the hashtag #DerbyGrad20 or through the upload portal on the webpage.

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