Allow 2020 graduates to have their graduation ceremony in person

Allow 2020 graduates to have their graduation ceremony in person

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Lindsay Lee started this petition to Professor Roderick Watkins and

Students who completed their degrees in 2020 worked extraordinarily hard to complete their degrees on time, despite the tremendous challenges they faced, with the sudden loss of face to face teaching, in person support, access to onsite facilities, having to work from home and so on, due to the COVID19 pandemic. 

Anglia Ruskin University students who surmounted these challenges and completed their degrees on time have now been told that the decision has been made to deny them an in person graduation ceremony, with a proposal for an online graduation and an in person reunion "some time in the future" instead.  Meanwhile, it seems that those who failed to overcome those challenges and completed their degrees in December 2020 instead are to be able to graduate in person as part of the class of 2021, which is a double insult to the class of 2020, especially to the nursing students, many of whom put their lives on the line to help during this pandemic.  

This is grossly unfair and reflects an unacceptable attitude from the university towards those students who sacrificed the most to complete their degrees.  Graduation, for most, is a once in a lifetime experience,  that is supposed to be one of the most special days in our lives.  To suggest replacing it with something on an online platform is a huge insult to both students and staff, evidences a huge disconnect between management and the students, and has generated great anger among those affected.

We therefore strongly request that Anglia Ruskin University do the right thing and offer the class of 2020 the opportunity to have a proper, if delayed, graduation ceremony, once it is safe to do so.

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