Graduation

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Important Information

Our Graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University’s calendar, and we are committed to giving our students the opportunity to graduate and to come together, in person, to mark the end of their studies. As such we have taken the decision to postpone the graduation ceremonies that should have taken place in September this year. 

We are provisionally arranging alternative dates for the graduation ceremonies in April 2021. However, whether they go ahead will be dependent on government advice at that time. The University will be mailing degree certificates to students in September.

Given the current uncertainties, we are suggesting that students avoid incurring any expenses for travel or accommodation until government restrictions on travel are clear, unless these costs are fully refundable. The University will unfortunately not be able to reimburse any travel or accommodation expenses in the event of Graduation being postponed or cancelled. The fee for student gown hire will be refundable in the event of having to postpone or cancel the ceremonies.

This page will be updated as soon as circumstances develop. We very much hope to see our graduating students in Lincoln Cathedral in April 2021.

Continue Your Adventure

As we all settle in to our 'new normal’, we understand that this may be a challenging and uncertain time for you. If you're not sure what to do next, why not continue your adventure at the University of Lincoln? A postgraduate course can help you further your skills and knowledge in your chosen field or do something completely different, and is an excellent way to enhance your prospects. Not only does a postgraduate qualification help you to stand out from the crowd, but it also shows your commitment and dedication. In an increasingly competitive global economy, many employers are looking for candidates who can demonstrate an enhanced level of competency and critical thinking skills, both of which can be developed through postgraduate study. While we can't welcome you to any physical events right now, you can still find out more about postgraduate study through our many virtual events. 

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Appreciate every minute of your graduation. A majority of you will only get one graduation day and a lot of the friends you have made across the three years of studies will be leaving for different parts of the country and the world, enjoy the day, make the most of it and speak with as many as your peers as possible. Although the day itself will pass as quickly as the three years spent at the University, you will remember the day for the rest of your life.

Sam Biggs, University of Lincoln graduate

After Graduation

Following graduation we hope you will continue to stay in touch through our Alumni community.

Being part of the Lincoln Alumni Network is about staying connected with friends, opportunities, and with what’s going on at the University. It is also about looking to the future – and working in partnership for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the following benefits:

  • Receive alumni e-newsletters
  • Create a profile
  • Register for events
  • Search directories for friends
  • Check and update your details
  • Network with other University of Lincoln graduates
  • Access a range of services
  • Receive discounts from national companies.

Your University Certificate and Transcript

The certificate the University issues is proof of the conferment of your award and is a unique and valuable document.

Your University transcript supplements your University certificate by providing a breakdown of the modules you studied and the marks achieved.

Your Diploma Supplement is a further document describing the qualification you have received in a standard format that is easy to understand and compare across Europe. It also describes the content of the qualification and the structure of the higher education system within which it was issued.

The name printed on your documents will be that with which you enrolled at the University. To check the details we hold, please access the Student Gateway and choose the 'My Details' icon.

To request a change to the name registered with the University, you will need to contact the Student Support Centre (Ground floor, Minerva Building) and provide documentary evidence (for example birth/marriage certificate, passport, or deed poll).

Please note, once your certificate documentation has been printed, requests for replacement documentation due to an incorrect name are chargeable. You will be asked to surrender your documents back to the University and apply for and purchase a replacement certificate via the University's alumni pages.

We are unable to provide electronic copies of your official certificate and transcript. 


Current Students

What documentation will you receive?

Your University Certificate and final Transcript will only be issued upon successful completion of your programme, or upon achieving an intermediate award should you exit your programme prior to full completion.

However, if you are a current student, you may request a Certificate of Study or a current Results Transcript for any fully completed academic year.

A Certificate of Study is an official letter confirming the dates you are attending University and the programme you are enrolled on.

If you are a current student requiring a Certificate of Study or a Results Transcript you must complete this request form.

Your current results transcript is a breakdown of the modules you have studied and your academic performance for each academic year of study completed so far. 


Students That Have Completed Their Programme Within the Current Academic Year

If you are due to complete your award this academic year the University will produce and post your final Certificate and Transcript after the relevant award board where your award will be confirmed.

It is therefore important that the University holds your most up to date permanent home address details to ensure the safe and secure delivery of your certificate and transcript.

Please check and/or amend the details we hold for to ensure that your documents are delivered to the correct address. You can do this by going to the Student Gateway and choosing the 'My Details' icon.

The deadline for updating your contact details is the 8 July 2020.

If your address details are incorrect at the point of posting, and your certificate is returned to us, there may be a charge for redelivery to your new address.

The charges for the redelivery of certificate and transcripts are as follows:

  • Delivery to a UK address: £10
  • Delivery to an EU address: £30
  • Delivery to the rest of the world: £40

If you have not received your certificate within the expected timescale of when you are awarded please email certificates@lincoln.ac.uk


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I need my certificate early?

The processing of early Certificate and Transcript requests is currently suspended.

If you are due to complete your award this academic year the University will produce and post to you your final Certificate and Transcript after the relevant award board where your award will be confirmed.

Please check and/or amend the details we hold for to ensure that your documents are delivered to the correct address. You can do this by going to the Student Gateway and choosing the 'My Details' icon.

The deadline for updating your contact details is the 8 July 2020.

What postal service is used?

When we send your certificate and final transcript to your permanent address, they will be sent using one of the following services.

Deliveries within the UK will be dispatched via Royal Mail recorded delivery.

Deliveries to the EU and rest of the world will be sent using DHL tracking service.

How long should I wait for delivery?

If your certificate has been sent to a European destination please allow 20 working days from date of postage. If it was sent to the rest of the world please allow 25 working days from date of postage.

I have not received my certificate in the post, is it lost?

If you have not received your certificate you need to contact us so we can investigate this for you.

Please email certificates@lincoln.ac.uk and include your name at the time of study, student ID number/date of birth, course title and year of completion.

You must contact us within three months of the date of postage. If it is after three months we are unable to track it with the postal service and you would need to apply for and purchase replacement certificate.

What happens if I lose my certificate or it becomes damaged?

In the event of your certificate becoming lost or damaged, you will need to visit the University Alumni pages for details on how to apply for and purchase a replacement.  


Students That Have Completed Their Programme in a Previous Academic Year

If you completed your studies in a previous academic year and require replacement documentation, you should visit the University’s Alumni pages for information on how to apply for and purchase replacement certificates and transcripts.

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