Covid-19 has forced a very different end of year experience for University of Kent students, with a virtual graduation ceremony on Wednesday 22 July.
The proceedings are being broadcast from Eliot College, the University’s founding college and location of the first graduation ceremony. Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, is confering all degrees virtually for the first time in the institution’s history.
The streets of Canterbury will not echo to the sounds of revelling graduates this year, although virtual celebrations will take place all week from Monday 20 – Friday 24 July.
Kent alumnus, former Canterbury Laureate, and Glastonbury Festival poet-in-residence Dan Simpson is crowd-sourcing a poem from and about the July graduates.
Graduating students will be invited to join celebration ceremonies in Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals at a later date.