How many tickets do I get?
Once you have confirmed your attendance, and successfully completed your programme of study, you are automatically allocated your own graduand ticket plus two guest tickets. All graduand and guest tickets are free of charge.
Your School may have arranged its own graduation celebration on the day of your Degree Congregation. Please do not confuse any tickets associated with these events with the actual Degree Congregation tickets.
Where do I collect my tickets?
You should collect your tickets (both your own graduand ticket and your two guest tickets) on the day of your Degree Congregation from the Ticket Desk in the Avon Room in University Centre (Building R23 on the Edgbaston Campus Map). We do not post tickets to you.
The Ticket Desk is open at the following times:
- 7.45am for a 9.45am Degree Congregation
- 8.15am for a 10.15am Degree Congregation
- 10.15am for a 12.15pm Degree Congregation
- 11.30am for a 1.30pm Degree Congregation
- 1.00pm for a 3.00pm Degree Congregation
- 2.15pm for a 4.15pm Degree Congregation
- 3.30pm for a 5.30pm Degree Congregation
Are extra tickets available?
Given the high demand for places at Degree Congregations extra tickets are often extremely limited. The number of extra tickets is determined by the number of graduands attending each Degree Congregation. As the number of graduands in each Degree Congregation varies, so does the number of extra tickets.
Should there be any extra tickets, these will be made available from the Ticket Desk in the Avon Room in University Centre (Building R23 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) on a first-come first-served basis when the Ticket Desk opens for your Degree Congregation. Please see above for the opening times of the Ticket Desk.
Will my seats be reserved?
Your graduand seat is reserved as you will be assigned the seat number that corresponds to the order in which you appear in the congregation programme. Guest seating is not reserved and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
What if my guests do not get extra tickets?
If there are no extra tickets available for your Degree Congregation, or if you are unable to obtain extra tickets, then your guests are welcome to watch the Degree Congregation from one of our Screening Rooms. The Screening Rooms will be signpposted from the Great Hall and no tickets are required for these venues.
Seating in the Screening Rooms is available on a first-come first-served basis. Funding, Graduation & Awards withhold the right to limit entry to these venues when they reach capacity.
What if my guests are bringing children?
Each guest, regardless of age (including all children) must be in possession of a guest ticket. There is no age-limit to attend a Degree Congregation, therefore all children attending a Degree Congregation must possess a guest ticket. Owing to the high demand for guest tickets, extra tickets cannot be allocated to children attending a Degree Congregation.
A number of Screening Rooms are available a short distance from the Great Hall, which provide a more relaxed setting from where to watch the Degree Congregation. Degree Congregations last approximately 90 minutes, further extended by the time sat in the Great Hall before and after the ceremony. Guests attending with children may therefore prefer to use these venues rather than attending in the Great Hall.
Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on campus.
What if a visa is needed to attend the ceremony?
Please read our visitor visa guide if you or your guests need a visa to attend your Degree Congregation.
In support of your application, the University can produce a letter that states that you have been invited to attend a Degree Congregation, and that you are able to bring two guests with you to the ceremony. We are unable to issue named invitations to your guests.
You can get a copy of the letter you need by submitting an online enquiry.