Virtual Graduation 2021

Defence and Security

15 July - 12 noon

Welcome graduates, family, friends and special guests.

Congratulations and a warm welcome

Today's celebrations recognise your outstanding achievements. Huge congratulations and a warm welcome to our online ceremony.

To accomplish what you have in the middle of a global pandemic is truly remarkable. In extraordinary circumstances, we hope your life has been enriched by your time at Cranfield and the connections you have made.

The qualifications you are receiving are highly prized around the world, and will open up many new opportunities. You are now part of a supportive worldwide alumni community and we look forward to working with you to shape the future of our University.

Wherever you are in the world, congratulations once again and we hope you enjoy this memorable day.

Many thanks to everybody in our Cranfield community who has made today's celebration possible.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chancellor

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor

Your ceremony

Alison Whaley (Director of Student Experience)

Opening address
Dame Deirdre Hutton (Chancellor)
Major General Andrew Roe (Chief Executive Defence Academy and Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College)

Presentation of taught degree candidates
Professor Jackie Akhavan (Director of Education)

Honorary graduate address
Professor Mark Richardson (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) will introduce
The Right Honourable, Lord Andrew Parker of Minsmere GCVO KCB
Air Marshal Sir Julian Young KBE CB OBE

Presentation of staff candidates
Professor Mark Richardson

Presentation of research degree candidates
Professor Andrew Shortland (Professor of Archeological Science)

Graduate voice
Akhil Kallepalli

Closure of ceremony
Professor Sir Peter Gregson (Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor)

Congratulatory messages

How to join

Graduates who have registered to attend, will receive an email with full joining instructions on how to access their ceremony via Zoom. It is important that you read these instructions carefully and let us know if you have any questions. Here is a short video that explains the process for registering for your ceremony.

Graduates that have not registered can watch the ceremony live, please follow the instructions for guests below.

Family, friends and special guests

We know how important it is to celebrate the successes of your loved ones. We are really proud of our Graduates and their achievements, and especially this year, where their journey to this point has been like no other.

We are so pleased to welcome you to this year’s ceremonies, you will be able to watch the ceremony live via YouTube on Thursday 15 July at 12 noon.

The ceremony is due to last approximately one hour. Enjoy the celebrations and thank you for your ongoing support.

If you are unable to access YouTube, we will also be streaming via Ensemble.

Celebrate on social media

We’d love to see how you and your friends and family are celebrating, so please share with us on social media, tagging @cranfielduni and using #CranfieldGrad.

Use our #CranfieldGrad effect on your Instagram and Facebook story: search 'CranfieldGraduation' or open this link on your phone. You can also download our Graduation 2021 Instagram story templates:


Registration is now closed for all ceremonies. All eligible graduates will have already received their invitation.

A significant factor in our decision-making about delivering graduation was whether the situation globally would allow us to provide all our graduates with an equal opportunity to attend, and that graduates and guests would be confident to do so.

Online graduation is in addition to inviting you back to a traditional ceremony in the future.

As soon as we can move back to traditional, in-person ceremonies we will do so. At that point we will be excited to update you as we make plans to invite you back for your celebrations.

Certificates will be sent out to all graduates over a period of weeks following the online ceremonies.

Your invitation will show which ceremony you have been invited to. However, if you are unsure please let us know at

Prize-winners will be notified by Student Academic Support teams in due course along with details of any school prize-giving events. All prize winners will be announced during the live ceremonies.

Graduates who have registered to attend, will have received an email with full joining instructions on how to access their ceremony via Zoom. It is important that you read these instructions carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

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