December Degree Congregations

Graduation is the highlight of the academic year and we are really looking forward to Degree Congregations in the Great Hall between Monday 4 and Friday 8 December 2023.

To secure a place at the December Degree Congregations it is essential that our graduating students respond to their invitation to attend well in advance of the ceremonies. The invitations have now been emailed, with a deadline to respond of 15 October 2023. If you have not received an invitation, please check both your University and personal email addresses, including your spam folders.  If you cannot locate an invitation email and believe you should have received one, please contact us at to request that it be resent.

When will my ceremony be?

Specific dates and time of ceremonies will be confirmed nearer to the ceremony, but Colleges have been allocated the following days for their ceremonies. 

Monday 4 December 2023: College of Life and Environmental Science and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Tuesday 5 December 2023: College of Arts and Law and Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Wednesday 6 December 2023: College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Thursday 7 December 2023: College of Social Sciences

Friday 8 December 2023: College of Social Sciences (Business School programmes)

Specific times of ceremonies will be confirmed in late October once the invitation response deadline has passed. 

Please note that all students who may be eligible to graduate in December 2023 will be emailed an invitation to attend. Only students graduating from the University of Birmingham with a Degree of the University listed under Ordinance 4.1.1 who meet the terms of that degree will be eligible to actually attend the December graduations. Some students will receive the email inviting them to attend but will not be eligible to graduate by the time of the ceremony (if, for example, you have not yet submitted your dissertation, you have not paid all of your tuition fees, or you are resitting any examinations). This is particularly common for research students, whose examination (viva) and correction processes can vary considerably. If you receive the invitation to attend and do not expect to have completed your programme of study in time, you can let us know by selecting 'I will not have completed the requirements of my programme of study in time to graduate' when replying to the invitation in the Student Gateway. It is important to remember that communications about your ceremony and related activities do not confirm successful completion of your degree and should not be taken as proof that you are, or will be, eligible to graduate. You will be able to access your official progress and examination results online through the 'Exam marks and progress decisions – end of year marks' link in the 'Exams and Assessments' column of the Student Gateway. Please note that there are additional requirements for research students. You can find out more by reading the Terms and Conditions.

If you have already had your degree conferred then you cannot attend the December Degree Congregations. This includes our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates. 

We will add further information about the format for the ceremonies to this page soon.