Although Cambridge students sometime graduate in absentia, this is the first time that an entire cohort of undergraduate and postgraduate students are unable to proceed to the Senate House to receive their degrees in person.
Although a degree cannot be awarded twice, the University and College would like to reassure students who opt to graduate in absentia during this crisis that they will have the opportunity to celebrate their degree in College and with an alternative ceremony at the Senate House, once conditions are deemed safe enough to do so.
In the meantime, College has decided to hold a virtual Finalist's Celebration in July.
The President, Professor Jane Clarke, said: "Our students' time at Wolfson is ending in a way that none of us could have envisaged, but we don't want to let them go without celebrating this hugely important event in Cambridge academic life. We will be making some speeches, but mostly we want to toast the achievements of our students."
Senior Tutor Dr Susan Larsen adds: "We will be collecting students' favourite memories of their time at Wolfson to edit into a short online presentation to share with students and their family members at each event."
The event in lieu of General Admission for all undergraduate students will take place online on Saturday 11 July at 12.00. Postgraduates who completed all requirements for their degree between 1 January and 31 August 2020 will soon receive more information about a separate event to be held in September.