Summer graduations from the University of Tasmania have been cleared to go ahead - with a few changes.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, physical distancing rules will apply, and graduands will be limited to two guests.
The famous Town and Gown parades will not be run; however, due to a large number of people and the inability to enforce social distancing requirements.
In a letter sent to students this week, UTAS vice-chancellor Rufus Black said 2020 was a year "full of challenge and disruption for us all", but he believed this year's cohort was deserving of celebration to due to their resilience.
In other news:
"To ensure our events are safe and compliant, and to cater for the increased numbers, we will be holding a larger number of smaller ceremonies," Professor Black said.
"Graduations are a welcome chance to celebrate your academic achievements with you loved ones."
Winter graduation ceremonies were cancelled due to COVID-19, but Professor Black said anyone who missed out could participate in the upcoming summer graduations.
Professor Black said UTAS was considering holding an autumn graduation ceremony in 2021 if public gatherings of larger numbers were allowed.
"We are delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to celebrate your graduation in-person, albeit in a slightly different format than usual," Professor Black said.
Graduations are set for December and will follow all Public Health guidelines related to public gatherings.
People will be spaced two-square metres apart, and the ceremonies are planned to be shorter, to cater for a larger number of ceremonies.
Students who are graduating will go on stage to receive their testamur from the Chancellor, but handshakes will not occur.
Refreshments usually held at the end of the ceremony will also not be held, due to gathering restrictions.