Friends and family

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

July 2020 Degree Congregations

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 but one that has been made with the best interests of our students and staff in mind. 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 our Class of 2020 graduating cohort. For further information, please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/graduation2020

Getting to the University

Degree Congregations are held on our Edgbaston campus.  For the most up-to-date information about travelling to campus please visit our Getting here page, which also contains detailed directions, maps and information concerning roadworks around campus.

Tickets and seating

Graduands are asked to collect all tickets on the day of their graduation from the Registration Desk in the Bramall Music Building (building R12 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.

Animals

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.

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.