HUNDREDS of graduates are set to receive their degrees in York next week.

More than 1,600 graduates will celebrate their achievements at graduation ceremonies in York Minster from November 16-22.

The Minster ceremonies are a highlight of the student experience at York St John University and the class of 2020 have waited more than a year since finishing their degrees for them to take place.

Vice chancellor, Prof Karen Bryan said: “I am full of admiration for the way these graduates completed their studies with us, and the resilience they have demonstrated. Throughout the uncertainty of the past year, we remained committed to ensuring this cohort of students could graduate in person and are looking forward to marking the occasion in the splendour of York Minster.”

The ceremonies will be presided over by chancellor, Reeta Chakrabarti and pro chancellor Dame Julia Unwin. Reeta Chakrabarti, BBC news presenter and correspondent, has been York St John University’s Chancellor since March last year.

Alongside the hundreds of students receiving their degrees, the university will be awarding an honorary degree on Friday, November 19 to Ann M Green CBE, the former chairman of the governing body at York St John in recognition of her achievements in leadership and her contribution to the success of the university. As chairman of the board of governors for three successive terms from 2011 to 2020, Ann led York St John during a tumultuous period of change for the higher education sector. She was also instrumental in driving forward major campus projects including the new Students’ Union building, the Haxby Road sports complex and the newly completed Creative Centre. Ann is also closely involved with the cultural life in York, as chairman of York Theatre Royal Trust, the York Music Hub and the York Guildhall Orchestra.

The university say they have worked with the minster to ensure ceremonies take place safely. Ten graduation ceremonies will take place over five days, to allow for smaller capacities and increased distancing. Everyone attending is requested to wear a face covering, unless exempt, to take a lateral flow (LFD) test prior and is asked not to attend if displaying any Covid symptoms.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will take place in York Minster in February 2022.