The University of Worcester is the first in the country to host in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. 

The ceremonies this week take place at Worcester Cathedral and will also be live streamed to guests hosted by The University Arena. 

Students across the UK who completed their studies last year, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, had their graduation ceremonies put on hold due to Government restrictions.

Now, those students at Worcester will get the chance to celebrate as the university hosts a week of special ceremonies.

All of the ceremonies are being held in line with current Government restrictions and will be strictly ticketed - with the university saying there will be fewer graduating together than normal at any one time.

There will be 16 ceremonies instead of the usual 10, to ensure that the number of people in the Cathedral at any one time is well below the official Covid-19 regulations capacity.

Vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome back our graduates of 2020.

"Each and every member of the graduating class of 2020 faced the challenge of exceptional circumstances and succeeded in the face of adversity.

"These ceremonies will be a powerful springboard for the renewal of our society.

"Among our graduating class are our health graduates, who not yet fully qualified, volunteered to go into the front line at the time of greatest need, to work with the sick, to face the dangers of infection.

These ceremonies will be a chance for us to celebrate the courage and dedication of these remarkable young people.”

The University waited for the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday evening, and latest Government guidance, before confirming the final arrangements.

They say everything has been fully risk assessed and designed to be Covid-secure under the current Government guidance and rules.

Professor Green said: “These ceremonies will have their own special magic and will be truly memorable occasions for our graduates, their families, friends and supporters.”