Canterbury Christ Church University have made the decision to move their graduation event online.
The news comes as a shock to most students as they hadn’t been notified about the change.
Former UNIfied editor-in-chief Johnny Amos tweeted: “This is an absolute shambles. Uni should have at least contacted us rather than putting a post on the website which hardly anyone would see. I get that current times are difficult to organise events but I would rather wait to be able to graduate in person than do it online.”
This was one of many tweets of Christ Church students voicing their frustrations at the fact they will have to graduate via Zoom.
Such a shame about these virtual graduations I’m hearing about. Graduations are a huge achievement and a major reason people commit to uni in the first place. Almost feels like a bit of an insult working your arse off for 3 or more years to end up graduating on a stream.
— Wills ? (@Chloe_Woolying) January 31, 2021
The University said: “Due to current government restrictions and the safety of our community we are unable to hold any large scale in-person events for the foreseeable future. The University has reached a limit in terms of being able to postpone graduation events and due to student numbers we are no longer able to facilitate a usual event in the future. We also recognise that it has been a long time since you have achieved your award and many of you wish for this success to be celebrated.
“We are therefore moving to virtual celebratory events, which are free of charge, at which you and your guests can celebrate in the safety of your own homes. Once it is safe to do so, you shall also be invited to a future drinks reception on University campus at which you can meet with fellow graduates and University staff.
“Most of the filmed event will feature Canterbury Cathedral and we will try to adhere as much as possible to the usual format for a graduation ceremony. You will be invited to join in live on the day via a Zoom link, which will be emailed on once you have accepted your initial invite. Our IT helpdesk will be available to assist you on the day, should you encounter any IT problems.”
The online events will be happening from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 May 2021, with the University asking students to wear smart clothing, and possibly hire a gown.