The University of St Andrews has announced its virtual celebration plans for the graduating class of 2020. Unique, virtual graduation celebrations have been put in place to commemorate 1900 graduates from over 80 countries.
This comes as the University cancelled in-person Summer 2020 graduation ceremonies due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Degrees will be conferred to graduates via virtual ceremonies and will be premiered on social media from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone will preside as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are presented, and as prizes are awarded.
Honorary graduate and alumna of the University, Dr Fiona Hill, recorded a special message for the class of 2020 saying: “We are living through a difficult time in our history that will require all of us to step up and put our skills to the test. Education is not just about acquiring information but doing something with it. You are graduating from one of the oldest and greatest universities. At many junctures in St Andrews’ storied 600 years there have been times like this, when the world needs those with a St Andrews education to set things to rights.”
Messages from friends, family, and fellow students will also be shared on the University’s social media using the hashtag #Saints2020 during the week of virtual graduation ceremonies. This will allow the class of 2020 to join in on the virtual celebrations while recreating their own garden parties and having a piece of St Andrews wherever they are in the world.
The virtual graduation ceremonies will also include a “pass the cap” global celebration of the class of 2020, to be premiered on social media at the end of the week-long virtual ceremonies.
Additionally, the class of 2020 will be allowed to return to St Andrews in June 2021 to take part in in-person graduation ceremonies and celebrate with friends and family. This is expected to take place in the week commencing 28 June 2021, directly after the Class of 2021’s ceremonies.