Keeping you safe during your graduation

We cannot wait to celebrate your graduation with you very soon. The University of East London takes the safety of our graduands and their guests very seriously, so we are letting you know what COVID-19 safety procedures we have in place. This is to keep you and those around you safe.


Before the ceremony


All students and guests must take a test. Therefore, all students and guests must take the test sent within 48 hours and show a negative result on the graduation day. Anyone unable to provide proof will be denied admission at the venue. In order to keep our community safe, you must have a negative COVID test regardless of your vaccination status. If you take a COVID-19 test and the result is positive, you will be able to defer to summer graduation in 2022 so you can still celebrate your day.


During the ceremony


All students will be allocated a seat. Please ensure you sit in your allocated seat, while guests will be able to sit in any guest seat. Students and guests will need to wear a facial covering for the duration of the ceremony to ensure everybody's safety.
Graduates are able to remove their facial covering whilst they cross the stage but please remember to put it back on once you leave the stage.
Whilst crossing the stage, there will be a red carpet which is placed 1m away from our Chancellor. When you cross the stage, please walk on the red carpet. Normal protocol is to shake hands with the Chancellor however, given these unprecedented times, graduates will doff their hat when they pass the Chancellor.


After the ceremony


Graduates and their guests will be asked to leave the auditorium and head to the Capital Suite where the reception with light refreshments will take place. 
Finally, we hope you enjoy your day. You've worked hard for this. There will be plenty of staff on hand during the day if you're unsure of where you need to be or what you need to do, just ask and we will be more than happy to help you.
If you have any queries before the day, please contact graduation@uel.ac.uk.

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