Graduation Plans for 2020 and 2021 Students

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I have an interest in how you have approached your graduation ceremonies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please could you answer the following:

1) For your students who graduated in 2020, have they had an in-person graduation yet?

2) If no to question 1., are there plans to have an in-person graduation, when restrictions have been lifted? If so, will they be the same as previous cohorts (2019, 2018, etc.) and when are they currently planned for?

3) For your students who are due to graduate in 2021, will they have an in-person graduation? If no, what are your plans for these students?

Yours faithfully,

Kamran Ali

Freedom of Information, Heriot-Watt University

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As you may have seen as part of your research, information about future
ceremonies can already be found at


If we can hold in person ceremonies in November/December this year, they
will be for 2020 and 2021 graduates and the proposed dates are included in
the link above.   There may be some differences to the format of winter
ceremonies this year due to ongoing restrictions/social distancing so at
this stage we cannot confirm if they will be the same as in previous


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