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What to expect

A University of Essex graduation

A University of Essex graduation is a prestigious day. It takes place at the Colchester campus, home to 16 academic departments and schools and more than 13,000 students.

Online graduates from around the world travel to attend their ceremony and receive their University of Essex certificate.

The University of Essex has a long history of welcoming students from around the world, and has a reputation for producing Nobel Prize-winning graduates, world-class research and receives consistently high marks in the annual National Student Survey.

What does graduation symbolise?

Graduation day is a very special milestone in a person’s life; it’s a way of celebrating an individual’s hard work and dedication while also recognising and acknowledging the support received from friends, family and classmates.

Learning online requires a lot of self-sacrifice and perseverance, and our graduates have managed to fit in education around families, full- or part-time work and many other commitments.

Graduation is also a day when we get the chance to award special prizes to those students who have achieved the highest grades in their year, or who have overcome personal or professional obstacles to study online. In 2017, this special recognition was awarded to Emmy Foulkes, recipient of the Alan Jenkins Memorial Award 2017 and Michelle Michaelides, Margaret Taylor, Douglas Clarke and Nikolai Stankiewicz.

Watch video interviews with all of our 2017 prize-winners here!

Learn more

Read our blog posts from graduation 2013, 201420152016 and 2017 to get a feel for the day.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in your own ‘hat toss’ moment!

2015 Graduates group shot
University of Essex Online graduation 2015