Winter graduation at home

Published on 28 January 2021

Congratulations Winter Graduates!

You have achieved amazing things in extraordinary times and you should feel incredibly proud.

287 IDS students from more than 55 nations graduated this winter.

Regretfully, we have had to postpone our January 2021 graduation ceremony due to Covid-19. But, while we can’t celebrate together at this time, we want to celebrate your success.

If you are planning on celebrating at home we’d love to see your pictures, you can tag us on Twitter or Instagram @ids_uk and @sussexuni and by using the hashtags #idsgrad and #sussexgradathome. Using Sussex’s filters, you can celebrate in style on Brighton Pier! You can get the filters here.

Winter graduation at home

Students will have an opportunity to attend a ceremony in the future and we will be in touch as soon as we can with further details.

Until then, here are few short messages from IDS’s Director of Teaching and Learning, and the University of Sussex’s Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.

“Graduation is always a time of celebration, and this year it’s even more important. Celebrating your graduation today fills me with joy and pride. You have all done so well to overcome the extraordinary challenges encountered during your studies. This is not the way we hoped to mark your graduation, and we look forward to celebrating together at a later date.  Today, we at IDS want to take this time to congratulate you, both on your academic accomplishment and on your extraordinary ability to work together, support each other and stay focused. The Class of 2020 will always have a special place in IDS – you will be remembered for how Covid disrupted your studies, but not your dreams and aspirations.  We now look forward to a long and fruitful journey with you as Alumni.  Do stay in touch with us.” – Linda Waldman, IDS Director of Teaching and Learning

A message from University of Sussex’s Chancellor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE, recorded on Zoom from his home:

A message from Sussex’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell:

It has been an incredibly challenging year and we are proud of our graduates who are striving for and helping to build a better world. We wish them the very best of luck in their next adventures.


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