Shruti23 May 2016 10:51
Let us know when you want to graduate
Earlier this year I released a survey to find out if you want to graduate in December. Some students are allowed to graduate in December, whereas others only get the option of graduating in July. You can read my previous blog here.
At the Union’s AGM on Wednesday 11th June a policy was passed to mandate the Union to lobby the University to allow December graduations for all. The policy can be found here and was passed with 188 votes for and 17 against.
I am republishing the survey to ensure that we get as many responses as possible so that we can lobby the University with a strong student voice. Please do fill it out if you are considering completing Postgraduate study or are currently completing postgraduate study.
Waiting so long to graduate can be difficult e.g. International Students can have difficulties with the expense of travel or VISAs, many people will have jobs in different parts of the country/world so it can be difficult to travel back to Southampton.
For instance: if you are a Master’s student and finish your degree at the end of September, but your faculty doesn’t hold a ceremony in December you will have to wait until July for the opportunity to graduate. OR if you finish your PhD in August and there’s no winter graduation, you would have to wait until July the following year.
What I want to know is: do you have a preference? does it make a difference to whether you would attend graduation or not? OR does it really not matter to you?
If you’ve got any other questions or thoughts, feel free to get in contact with me via Facebook or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.