Friends and family


If you are attending a Degree Congregation at the University as a friend or family member of a graduand, you may find the following information useful when planning your day.

Getting to the University

Degree Congregations are held in the Great Hall (building R6 on the Campus Map (PDF - 397KB) on our Edgbaston campus.


If you are travelling to the University by car, please use the  North East Car Park (off Pritchatts Road, postcode B15 2SA) which operates a Pay and Display system. The North East Car Park can be found on the Edgbaston Campus Map (PDF - 397KB).

Tickets and seating

Graduands should collect both their own and guest tickets on the day of the Degree Congregation from the Ticket Desk in the Avon Room, University Centre (building R23 on the campus map).  Each graduand is allocated two guest tickets.

Guest seating is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be seats for everyone with a ticket.


Please note that, with the exception of registered assistance animals, pets and animals are not permitted entry to the Great Hall.  Graduands and guests requiring the care of an assistance animal should contact Funding, Graduation & Awards as soon as the date and time of their graduation is known, so that necessary arrangements can be made. As part of this process we will ask for proof of the animal's registration as an assistance animal.

Screening Room

Guests who are unable to obtain extra tickets can watch the Degree Congregation in our screening room.  No tickets are required for this venue - seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening room will be signposted from the Great Hall.

Facilities on campus

There are a number of places to eat, drink and shop near the Aston Webb Building, where the Degree Congregation takes place.

Visa to attend the ceremony

Please read our visitor visa guide if you need a visa to attend your Degree Congregation.

In support of your application, the University can produce a letter for the graduating student that states that they have been invited to attend a Degree Congregation and that they are able to bring two guests with them to the ceremony. We are unable to issue named invitations to guests.

The graduating student can request a copy of this letter by visiting the Aston Webb Student Hub or placing an order through the online shop.