UWTSD celebrates the Class of 2020 with a series of online events


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is looking forward to hosting a series of online events to celebrate the academic success of the ‘Class of 2020’.

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With formal degree ceremonies due to be held at a later date, UWTSD has organised a series of digital celebrations that will take place on Tuesday, July 21st, Wednesday, July 22nd and Thursday, July 23rd.

Providing students with an opportinuty to celebrate their academic and personal achievements, these digital events will include video messages from the Vice Chancellor, the Provosts, University Fellows as well as staff and fellow students. 

“The Class of 2020 digital celebrations will allow us to come together – as family, friends and members of the University community – to mark our students’ academic achievements,” says Professor Medwin Hughes DL, UWTSD Vice Chancellor.

“These have been very difficult times for us all and yet students have succeeded, and these digital events help us to celebrate that academic achievement.  Indeed, I would like to thank our students for the way in which they’ve responded to this pandemic and the way in which they’ve worked with the University. These celebrations are an opportunity for us to wish our students well for the future and to celebrate their hard work and success.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the University’s Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses is also looking forward to the events and to celebrate with the University’s final year students.

“These virtual celebrations are an opportunity for the University to congratulate its Class of 2020 and to show that it is thinking of each and every one of the graduates at these unprecedented time,” says Gwilym.

“It is also an opportunity for us to share our gratitude with the students for their valued contributions to the life of the university and its various campuses during these last few years,” he adds.  “We are proud of our graduates’ achievements and are looking forward to celebrating their successes with them in a virtual environment next week.   

Professor Ian Walsh, Provost of UWTSD’s Swansea and Cardiff campuses is immensely proud of the graduates’ achievements and looks forward to marking their success during next week’s digital events.

“During this difficult final term, the students of UWTSD have demonstrated the true meaning of the phrase ‘the best of us’,” says Professor Walsh.  “It is fitting that the University takes a moment to celebrate the striking success of the class of 2020.

“Their hard won achievements demonstrate that this generation of UWTSD graduates possess all the necessary resourcefulness, resilience and determination to overcome the most challenging circumstances. In the process they have made their families, friends and lecturers extremely proud.”

James Mills, Group President of the Students’ Union at UWTSD also acknowledges the unprecedented challenges faced by the Class of 2020 and echoes the pride felt by all at UWTSD:  “On behalf of everyone here at your Students’ Union we are incredibly proud of the hard work and success of our students over the past few months under incredibly difficult and challenging circumstances and adapted well to online learning.

“We also look forward to welcoming our students back in the next year for their graduation ceremonies on their respective campuses,” he adds.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UWTSD – like all other Universities – had to respond swiftly to the lockdown restrictions with teaching moving on-line and celebrations such as graduation, being postponed.

However, UWTSD has already announced that its campuses will be open and ready to start teaching at the beginning of the new academic year, subject to government guidelines. The University is planning a blended delivery pattern for its programmes in Wales which means a combination of online delivery and on-campus teaching, when it is appropriate to do so.

The University is working to a detailed plan which anticipates various scenarios around the coronavirus context and government directives, much in keeping with the Welsh Government’s traffic light system. The aim is to facilitate the safe return of students and staff to the campuses whilst also enabling as much face-to-face teaching as possible in order to ensure that students can enjoy an academic and social programme.

The University’s message to students is clear.  Whether it’s on campus or online, you can be sure that University of Wales Trinity Saint David is on your side.

For further information, please visit the UWTSD website.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk