July 2020 Degree Congregations

We are delighted to confirm that, in addition to the replacement on-campus events due to be held in March 2021, we will also be running Virtual Graduation Celebrations in the week commencing Monday 27 July 2020 to mark the achievements of all of our Class of 2020 graduating cohort.    

We appreciate that a virtual celebration cannot replace the on-campus ceremony that you and your families were looking forward to, but we hope that the online celebrations that we have planned for you will provide a memorable opportunity to reflect on your life at university. We also remain committed to delivering a graduation ceremony on campus for the Class of 2020. These are currently scheduled to take place between Monday 15 and Friday 26 March 2021, government guidelines allowing. Further details of the on-campus events will follow later in the year but please read on to learn more about the virtual celebrations you can look forward to in July.

Graduation celebrations

Launching on Monday 27 July 2020 there will be a week-long celebration of your achievements from your time at Birmingham. The celebrations will include the streaming of a virtual ceremony at 11:00 on Monday 27 July, access to a digital yearbook and a chance to celebrate with your classmates and faculty at a Virtual Graduation Celebration hosted by your school. The dates and times of these school events are provided below. The Guild of Students will also be delivering an after party to remember on the Friday night (31 July). We will add further details to this page as they become available. In the meantime follow us on Instagram – @unibirmingham – and on Twitter – @uobfga – to see how you, and your friends and family can celebrate your success with us. 


The first step for taking part in the celebrations in July is to submit your photo and memories for the Class of 2020 Yearbook. The digital yearbook will act as a memento featuring content provided by students and will be freely available to all graduates. All students who may be eligible to graduate in July 2020 should have received an email containing a link to the yearbook website so that they can build their profile. You will need to complete your details by 5.00pm on Friday 10 July 2020 in order to ensure that you are included in the digital yearbook. If you have not received an invitation to contribute to the yearbook, and believe that you should be eligible to graduate in July 2020, please email fga@contacts.bham.ac.uk to request access. 

School events

Please find below the date and time of your Virtual Graduation Celebration. Click on the name of your college to get started. The events are for all graduating students in the school or subject area, no matter what level of study. The invitation to your Virtual Graduation Celebration, which will include details of how to join the event, will be sent to your University email address in the week commencing 20 July, so please remember to check your inbox.

If your email account has already moved over to an alumni address, emails sent to your student account will be automatically forwarded to your new alumni email for three months. For most of our graduating students this will include the July graduation celebrations so you should not miss out on any communications.

Further information on accessing your alumni email account

College and Arts and Law

Wednesday 29 July 11.00am
School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Wednesday 29 July 1.00pm
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Wednesday 29 July 2.00pm
Birmingham Law School

Thursday 30 July 12.00pm
School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Thursday 30 July 4.00pm
School of History and Cultures



College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Monday 27 July 5.00pm
School of Mathematics

Tuesday 28 July 3.00pm
School of Chemical Engineering

Tuesday 28 July 4.00pm
School of Computer Science

Tuesday 28 July 5.00pm
School of Physics and Astronomy

Thursday 30 July 2.00pm
School of Metallurgy and Materials

Friday 31 July 10.00am
School of Chemistry

Friday 31 July 11.00am
School of Engineering


Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Tuesday 28 July 12.00pm
Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences


College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Monday 27 July 3.00pm
School of Psychology

Monday 27 July 4.00pm
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Tuesday 28 July 1.00pm
School of Biosciences

Tuesday 28 July 2.00pm
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Monday 27 July 1.00pm
School of Dentistry

Monday 27 July 6.00pm
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) only

Wednesday 29 July 12.00pm
School of Pharmacy

Thursday 30 July 11.00am
School of Biomedical Sciences

Monday 27 July 12.00pm
All other programmes in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences not covered by the events listed above


College of Social Sciences

Tuesday 28 July 11.00am
School of Government and Society

Wednesday 29 July 3.00pm
School of Social Policy

Thursday 30 July 1.00pm
School of Education

Friday 31 July 12.00pm
Department of Management and Department of Marketing

Friday 31 July 1.00pm
Department of Accounting and Department of Finance

Friday 31 July 2.00pm
Department of Economics


Academic dress

Ede & Ravenscroft are offering a direct to home delivery service for UK-based students wanting academic dress for our virtual graduation celebrations for the normal hire fee (including free postage and return) and comes with a 50% discount voucher for a future hire for the March 2021 on-campus ceremony.

Order academic dress from Ede & Ravenscroft.

Please note hiring robes for the virtual celebrations in July 2020 is entirely optional and is not a requirement to take part but if you will need to hire robes in order to take part in the on-campus ceremonies scheduled to take place in March 2021.

We would love to see your homemade caps and gowns, you can share them with us using #uobgraduations. Follow @unibirmingham Instagram to see our instructions for making your very own graduation cap and more top tips.

Frequently asked questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.  These will be updated and added to periodically so please check back for regular updates.

Will I still graduate this summer?

As confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor, colleagues across the University are working hard to ensure that all final year students, at all levels who can complete this year, will do so.  Students completing their studies this summer will have their degree conferred in absentia by Special Warrant on Monday 20 July – ensuring that they graduate as planned in 2020 despite not being able to attend an on-campus Degree Congregation.

When will I receive my certificate and transcript?

Following the conferral of your degree in absentia on Monday 20 July, your certificate and transcript will be available to view online, so you can access them from wherever you are in the world without delay. We are hoping to be able to post the paper copy of your certificate and transcript in the summer as normal and we will contact you beforehand to make sure that we have an up-to-date delivery address for your documents. As you will no doubt understand, all of our planning is subject to the rapidly changing global circumstances and so we will provide more detail about postal arrangements as soon as we know what is permissible. It is our aim to have all documents dispatched by the end of August. 

Will I get to attend a graduation celebration on campus?

All students should have received an email from the Vice-Chancellor confirming the postponement of our on-campus July 2020 Degree Congregations until March 2021 in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  This was a very difficult decision to make but one that has been made with the best interests of our students and staff in mind.  We are absolutely committed to providing all graduating students, including those who were on a waiting list and those who had previously chosen to graduate in absentia, with an opportunity to come together, celebrate and reunite with the Class of 2020 in person and on campus. The rescheduled ceremonies will provide an opportunity to wear your graduation gown and have photographs taken with your friends and family.

Having carefully considered a number of alternative dates, we believe that the best option for our global student body is to hold the rescheduled ceremonies at the end of March 2021 – a point at which we hope travel restrictions will have been lifted in all parts of the globe ensuring that as many of our class of 2020 are able to attend in person as possible. We will get back in touch with you to provide further information about this in due course but the date range to hold in your diaries is Monday 15 to Friday 26 March 2021.

I was on a waiting list – how does this affect me?

All students who complete their studies this summer will have their degree conferred by Special Warrant, including those who were on the waiting list for a place at a July 2020 Degree Congregation.  We will contact you in the summer to confirm the delivery address for your certificate and transcript. You will also receive all of the updates about the virtual graduation celebration planned to take place this summer and an invitation to attend the on-campus graduation ceremony experience scheduled to take place in March 2021.

I had already chosen to graduate in absentia – how does this affect me?

If you have already chosen to graduate in absentia at the July 2020 Degree Congregations then you will be largely unaffected by the postponement of the on-campus ceremonies. You will still graduate in absentia when your degree is conferred by Special Warrant and you will receive your certificate and transcript in the same way as everyone else.

The main difference is that now you will also be invited to take part in the virtual celebrations due to take place in July and the on-campus event we plan to run in March 2021, should you wish to do so. You do not need to contact us to register your interest in these events or to change your status. We will be back in touch with further information as soon as it becomes available.   

Can I defer to the December 2020 Degree Congregations?

Unless you had already opted to defer your graduation to December 2020 it is not now possible to choose this graduation preference. We really appreciate how much graduation means to you, your friends and your family. The Degree Congregations mean a great deal to our staff too, so please rest assured that we are doing everything that we can to ensure that we will still be able to come together to celebrate your achievements at the special on-campus graduation celebrations due to be held in March 2021.  

I am due to graduate in December 2020 - will these ceremonies still go ahead?

We continue to monitor the advice from the government and health officials closely. We are continuing to work towards delivering the December Degree Congregations as planned. Should we need to postpone the December on-campus ceremonies we will let you know as soon as we can. If the ceremonies cannot go ahead then the alternative procedures put in place for our July 2020 graduands will also be provided to our December graduands.