University College Isle of Man to Celebrate the Achievements of Manx Graduates Studying Locally and, in the UK

University College Isle of Man (UCM) have joined forces with the Department for Enterprise to offer students who have missed their formal graduation due to covid-19 restrictions, an opportunity to celebrate during the UCM Higher Education Awards Ceremony.

This annual event celebrates the hard work and overall achievements of UCM’s graduating higher education students; this year, a remarkable 87% of UCM foundation and degree students achieved top grades (1st or 2:1)*.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, UCM is the only higher education provider in Britain, which is celebrating graduates in a live and non-socially distanced ceremony this year.

With full support from the Department of Education, Sport and Culture and the Department for Enterprise, UCM is offering Manx students who have studied in the UK or beyond, an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements by taking part in the UCM Higher Education Awards ceremony.

Jo Pretty, Principal of UCM said, “The disruptive impact of covid-19 saw the Island’s young people return early from their UK Universities, and as a result were not able to celebrate their graduation. It is important to acknowledge their achievements and recognise that the Isle of Man is in a unique place to hold this event and provide them with further support for progression into work or postgraduate study.” 

Dr Allinson, Minister for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture said “I am delighted that UCM can support students and their families through this celebration. This event will recognise students’ hard work and that of their former teachers from the schools they have attended on the Island.” 

Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly, added, “The completion of any study is always cause for celebration, however this year there is perhaps even more reason to commemorate the hard work and achievements of our students despite the challenges of the pandemic. By holding this large scale and inclusive event here in the Isle of Man, not only will students have opportunity to share the festivities with their peers and former teachers, but it will also support the local economy, including our hardworking hospitality sector as students and their families look to mark the occasion with a celebratory glass of wine or family meal.”

UCM is currently enquiring into the potential interest for the event and have contacted students directly via email.

All returning Manx higher education students who have completed their degree programmes and are interest to take part in the UCM Higher Education Awards ceremony on Friday 9th October 2020 at the Villa Marina, Douglas are requested to state their interest by contacting UCM at, by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

*compared to 76% of UK graduates achieving the same grades, Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017/18