Reconsider the graduation arrangements for the classes of 2020 and 2021

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Caroline Kelly
May 9, 2021
All students who have worked their buts off for 3+ years deserve to be awarded their degrees just like all the other students that have done the same over years gone by.

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Jessica ~
May 7, 2021
Hello all! I emailed the graduation team at Lincoln to express my dissatisfaction with the graduation ceremonies and I received a reply that I think you may all be interested in. See below

Dear Jessica,

Thank you for your email and we are sorry that the previous communication has raised concerns and hope the below offers further guidance.

These have been incredibly challenging times since the pandemic began and, as a university, we have always aimed to put the interests of our students at the heart of all the decisions we have made and to do our utmost to keep everyone safe. Please be assured that we are committed to providing a physical graduation ceremony for every student who wants to attend one, subject to Government guidance at the time.

Organising a graduation for many thousands of students and their families or friends is a significant activity which we take very seriously. Generally, we would welcome 15,000 visitors to the city from across the UK and all around the world during graduation week and we work with many different organisations who support the event, including with venues, filming and broadcasting, gowning, photography, marquees, and catering required for the ceremonies.

In planning our graduations, we have to take a global view with regards to all students who are impacted by the pandemic around the world. We want to give our graduation ceremonies the best chance of going ahead as planned in a way everyone can enjoy.

The University would normally organise two sets of graduations each year, so there are a considerable number of students who are eligible to graduate. There are many more than can be accommodated in the Cathedral under Government plans for opening up this year and we are not the only organisation who wish to use our city’s beautiful cathedral.

We will be offering our first physical graduation in April 2022. If there is a massive demand for April graduation, then we will offer a later physical graduation as an alternative and allocate places fairly. We hope that everyone who wants to will be able to graduate in April, but if not, they will be offered a later date for their graduation. All students eligible will be able to graduate in the manner of their choosing, either virtual or physical, subject to any Government guidance.

In the first instance the University has written to all the students who are eligible to graduate to get an understanding of how many people want to graduate at either a virtual or physical ceremony. As I said, please be assured that any student who wants to attend a physical graduation ceremony will have the chance to do so.

Kind regards
The Graduation Team

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Jessica ~
May 6, 2021
My university experience was cut short in March 2020 due to the pandemic. I still deserve to graduate like those before me at Lincoln cathedral. The university’s actions have been shocking and unforgivable, I sincerely hope all of us get the graduation we worked so hard for

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Peter Smyth
May 6, 2021
After the last two years badly affected by Covid, it is disgusting to refuse to allow proper graduation. You took their money, now deliver your end of the bargain.

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Deborah Rae
May 5, 2021
If life is due to return to normal in June, including festivals and mass spectator events why can't these people have a graduation?

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May 4, 2021
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Pamela Ensor
May 3, 2021
The graduation ceremony is more important than a nightclub event that Lincoln Uni are permitting- some parents have spent a lifetime hoping their son or daughter would achieve graduation- Lincoln University promised this to all graduates who enrolled there - surely this is a breach of moral contract - you are taking away the dreams of thousands of students and parents alike. Step Up and commit to your contract or lose your reputation. Other unis are making it happen ? What is Lincoln’s excuse ?

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Sharon Smyth
May 2, 2021
My son is graduating this summer and its either all or none. Ludicrous decision-making from a so called educational institution. The students have been treated with disdain. Shame on the board.

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Chloe Deacon
May 2, 2021
My degree graduation has been delayed last year and this year, along with my PGCE graduation this year and we deserve a celebration! 

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Tracey Charles
May 2, 2021
Its the right thing to do!!