Dear Kingston 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?
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Further to your recent request for information, the University’s response
1) For your students who graduated in 2020, have they had an in-person
graduation yet? No
2) If no to question 1., are there plans to have an in-person graduation,
when restrictions have been lifted?
Yes. Alternative ceremony arrangements for the graduating classes of 2020
and 2021 are still being explored. We remain committed to offering all
graduates the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony once we are
able. We are reviewing options for this regularly.
If so, will they be the same as previous cohorts (2019, 2018, etc.) and
when are they currently planned for?
We hope to be able to offer all graduates a similar experience but have
not yet confirmed any dates to hold in-person ceremonies.
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?
Yes, they will be offered an in-person ceremony.
This completes the University’s response to your information request. If
you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our
decision please contact:
Director of DPO, email : [email address] or by post:
Kingston University, Hind Court, 106–114 London Road, Kingston upon
Thames, Surrey, KT2 6TN. Please note that we are unable to receive post to
this address, whilst staff are working away from campus as a result of the
In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your complaint
you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Kingston
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
I hope that you now have the information you require.
Resources and Compliance Team
Library and Learning Services
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