Graduates unable to attend their ceremonies celebrate at home

Class of 2020! Students unable to attend their university graduations because of Covid-19 don caps and gowns in their back gardens as they celebrate at home

  • Students are donning finery to celebrate would would have been graduation day
  • Universities across the world delayed graduation ceremonies during pandemic 
  • Some have taken part in virtual Zoom graduations or held parties in gardens

As universities cancel or postpone their graduation ceremonies amid the Covid-19 pandemic, students have taken the festivities into their own hands. 

While graduates would usually have gathered to receive their degrees and diplomas in front of close friends and family, the current crisis means celebrations have taken place behind closed doors. 

As some graduates celebrate with virtual drinks with classmates and lecturers, others have held their own parties – donning their caps and gowns in their back gardens and living rooms. 

Sharing their festivities on social media, the friends and families of many graduates decorated gardens and houses with balloons and bunting to help their loved ones mark what would have been their graduation day.   

Here, FEMAIL reveals how graduates from around the UK have refused to let the pandemic ruin their special day.

Aisha, from Manchester, celebrated her degree from Manchester Metropolitan University with a garden party thrown by her friends and family




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Ren, from Cardiff, threw her girlfriend a graduation party after she was awarded a first class degree in make-up and hair design 

Rianna, from the UK, celebrated her degree in law by dressing up in her gown and cap and having a party at home 

Nishat, from Manchester, threw her cap in the air to celebrate her degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Manchester 

  Rachael celebrated her degree in psychology from Royal Holloway, university of London, by posing with a cushion in place of her cap 

Jade, from Birmingham was delighted to recieve a First Class Honours degree in Bsc Occupational Therapy

Twitter user Miss Bagot, from Manchester, was thrown a party by her family and friends to celebrate her BA in Education 

Bethany posed with her diploma after completing her studies in primary Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University 

New staff nurse Rachel, from Oldham, was surprised by fellow NHS staff when her official graduation was cancelled 

Chloe, from London, celebrated her postponed graduation party by holding her own celebrations with her housemates 

Kate, from Cardiff, celebrated her masters by posing with her cap and diploma followed by a virtual party with friends and family 

Twitter user Miss Howie was picture jumping in her gown and cap while celebrating her degree in Primary Education from the University of Strathclyde

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