Many universities have had to cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies due to the rapidly changing circumstances of the Coronavirus.
University students have been left upset and disappointed at the thought of no graduation due to the virus.
Laura Boldison, a third-year Business student at Huddersfield University, said: “If I’ve ever been stressed or struggling, it’s the thought of walking on that stage in the cap and gown that’s helped me continue.”
Chloe Hazley, a fourth-year Accountancy and Finance student at Huddersfield University, said in relation to her graduation being cancelled: “After four years of studying it is so gutting, actually heartbreaking.”
Students at Huddersfield University have created a petition for graduations to be rescheduled.
The petition says that the students “find it EXTREMELY unfair that our graduation ceremonies have been completely stripped from us and cancelled!”
Huddersfield University released a statement which said: “The safety and wellbeing of the University community is our highest priority and we continue to monitor the situation, adopting the advice from the UK Government and Public Health England, to ensure the welfare of our students, staff, and visitors.
As such the University has taken the decision to postpone its July 2020 graduation ceremonies but it remains our intention that students will receive their degree outcomes in the usual timeframes. We will reschedule when circumstances permit.
At this time, we are unable to provide any further definitive information; however we will be spending the next few months considering the options available to us and as soon as we know anything more, we will publish the information as a priority on this site.”
Although the University released this statement on their website, it did not say in the email that the student’s received, that their graduations would be rescheduled, leaving students confused and unsure about the future of their graduations.