SOAS University of London


Graduation 2020

This page gives updates on graduation and degree ceremonies for those due to graduate in 2020. 

In view of the global nature of our community we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremonies scheduled for 22 - 24 July this year.

PLEASE NOTE-this a postponement of graduation ceremonies not of the award of a degree.

Whilst this news is disappointing we know that you will agree that the health and safety of our students, staff and guests must be our top priority. 

SOAS graduation ceremonies are very special with the opportunity for our students to thank all those who have helped them through their period of study and also to celebrate in true SOAS style. We are sorry that we will not have the opportunity to celebrate in this way this academic year in but we will try to find other ways to mark your success. 

2021 Ceremony  
We feel strongly that students should have the opportunity to return to SOAS and be invited to attend a physical ceremony to celebrate your achievements with your peers. These ceremonies will be held next year in 2021, and we will continue to update you as we confirm dates once it becomes clearer when we will be able to again host any major events.  
Your Graduation film 
SOAS will release a virtual ceremony which can be watched from wherever you are in the world. We hope to make this an innovative and unique celebration, telling SOAS stories, with short speeches from our Director Valerie Amos and President Graça Machel and showcasing the talents and achievements of the class of 2020 including music and performance.   

Further advice on how the Coronavirus affects this year’s ceremonies.