July 2021 graduation celebrations

We are delighted to be able to invite our Class of 2021 graduating students, accompanied by two guests, to join us on campus for the graduation celebrations taking place between Wednesday 14 and Friday 23 July 2021 (excluding weekends). We will also be sharing a Virtual Graduation Celebration film at at 12:00 (BST) on Monday 26 July 2021 on the University's YouTube channel and Weibo. 

Watch the celebrations live on YouTube

The Birmingham Business School celebration on Friday 23 July at 10:00 (UK time) will also be streamed live via Weibo under the following account name: 英国伯明翰大学官微

 

Important information about planned roadworks 

For the Class of 2021 graduating students joining us on campus for July graduation celebrations, we wanted to highlight some information which may be useful for your journey.

There are currently temporary traffic lights and access restrictions on the Edgbaston Park Road (Bristol Road junction area). There are alternative routes available so we would strongly recommend that you plan your route in advance to avoid the roadworks and leave yourself ample time to accommodate for any delays experienced.

Have a safe journey – we look forward to welcoming you to campus.

How will my degree be conferred?

As we are unable to hold formal Degree Congregations this summer, degrees will be conferred by Special Warrant.  This means that the Vice-Chancellor will confer the degrees by signing a legal document. This will ensure that everyone who meets the requirements of their degree in time for the signing of the Special Warrant will be able to have that degree conferred, even if something happens that means the on-campus events cannot go ahead.

For students graduating from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences on professional accredited programmes, your degree will be conferred by Special Warrant on Wednesday 14 July 2021. Your degree certificate will be available to view online 48 hours after the Special Warrant has been signed. You should be able to view your official progress and examination results from Tuesday 29 June by logging into the Student Gateway page and then clicking on 'Exam Results and Progress Decisions'. Your transcripts will be available to view online within 48 hours of marks release.

For all other graduating students, your degree will be conferred by Special Warrant on Wednesday 21 July 2021. Your degree certificate will be available to view online 48 hours after the Special Warrant has been signed. You should be able to view your official progress and examination results from Tuesday 6 July by logging into the Student Gateway page and then clicking on 'Exam Results and Progress Decisions'. Your transcripts will be available to view online within 48 hours of marks release.

Who should attend one of the July celebrations?

These graduation celebrations are for the Class of 2021 summer cohort who will have their degrees conferred by Special Warrant in July 2021. You should only plan to attend if you are due to complete your studies by June 2021. Please note that students submitting their dissertations later in the year, for example in September 2021, are not eligible to attend these events and will instead be invited to attend the next round of graduation celebrations. You are also not eligible to attend if your degree has already been conferred, either at a previous Degree Congregation or by a previous Special Warrant, for example if you graduated as part of the Class of 2020

How do I book my place at the July celebrations?

All final-year students have been emailed an invitation to book their place at the celebrations. The deadline to book your place has now passed. 

How will I receive my ticket?

Tickets were sent on Friday 9 July. Due to the large number of emails it may take some time for them all to go through. Please check your junk folders in case the email has been redirected there. If your ticket hasn't arrived by Monday 12 July please contact us at graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Please do not contact us to chase the ticket before Monday 12 July as not all tickets will have arrived before then. The ticket will be sent to all of the email addresses that we hold for you. You will need to show your e-ticket in order to gain access to the graduation arena. You will also need to bring your student ID with you. If you can't find your student ID please come prepared to tell us your student ID number. 

Please note that the deadline to book tickets was Sunday 4 July.

Your ticket will include your two guests, who will need to accompany you into the arena and will not be issued with their own tickets. The two-guest maximum was a requirement of our being allowed to go ahead with the events, so it’s really important that you do not attempt to exceed it. The limit includes children of any age and applies to all of campus, not just to the Green Heart arena or other graduation venues. Due to the restrictions under which we are operating, your guest allocation is not transferable and no extra guest tickets will be available.

Please note that the short outdoor assemblies are standing events and will not be seated. A small section of seating, to the left of the marquee, will be reserved for anyone with mobility issues. 

When is my on-campus graduation celebration?

Wednesday 14 July - 12.30pm
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Wednesday 14 July - 3.00pm
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
All other Medical and Dental Sciences programmes.

Thursday 15 July - 10.00am
School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Thursday 15 July - 12.30pm
School of Computer Science

Thursday 15 July - 3.00pm
School of Physics and Astronomy

Friday 16 July - 10.00am
Birmingham Law School

Friday 16 July - 12.30pm
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Friday 16 July - 3.00pm
School of Chemistry
School of Metallurgy and Materials

Monday 19 July - 10.00am
School of Engineering

Monday 19 July - 12.30pm
School of Mathematics

Monday 19 July - 3.00pm
School of Chemical Engineering

Tuesday 20 July - 10.00am
School of History and Cultures

Tuesday 20 July - 12.30pm
School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Tuesday 20 July - 3.00pm
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Wednesday 21 July - 10.00am
School of Government

Wednesday 21 July - 12.30pm
School of Social Policy

Wednesday 21 July - 3.00pm
School of Biosciences
Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Thursday 22 July - 10.00am
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Thursday 22 July - 12.30pm
School of Psychology

Thursday 22 July - 3.00pm
School of Education

Friday 23 July - 10.00am
Birmingham Business School
Business Management, International Business and Money, Banking & Finance

Friday 23 July - 12.30pm
Birmingham Business School
Accounting & Finance and Economics

What can I expect on the day?

To give us the best possible chance of being able to go ahead with the celebrations, the on-campus events will be held at outdoor venues in the beautiful Green Heart of our Edgbaston campus. Please see the graduation celebration map for details. We have designed the on-campus graduation celebrations to replicate the usual graduation experience as much as possible, while taking into account the extra measures required as a result of the pandemic. Whilst the difficult situation in which we are all operating means that we will not be able to run a standard ceremony, the outdoor celebrations will include many of the traditional features, including music, academic dress and speeches from University officials. We are also working on some special touches to include in the celebrations so that memories from your time at university can be shared. 

The outdoor assemblies will take place in the Green Heart, with access to the arena via North Gate. The events will be standing room only, save for the seats to the left of the marquee that will be reserved for anyone with mobility issues. Whilst there will not be any chairs set out in the outdoor arena, you are welcome to bring a blanket with you if you would like to sit on the amphitheatre lawn in the Green Heart arena to watch on the outdoor cinema screen. This will be a live relay from the main stage, situated under cover of the celebration marquee at the bottom of the Green Heart arena.    

The outdoor assemblies will provide an opportunity to come together as a school, with your classmates and members of staff who have supported you on your university journey. We will open the Green Heart arena to attendees 45 minutes before the celebration start time, to give everyone a chance to get settled in and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. The formal part of the event will last approximately 30 minutes, after which there will be time for photographs before exiting the arena to enjoy the hospitality facilities on campus and have your Great Hall moment. We hope that the combination of this socially distanced outdoor ceremony and the exclusive on-stage experience we are putting together for you in the Great Hall will provide a truly celebratory experience in a COVID-secure manner.

What Covid restrictions will be in place at graduation?

To help protect you, your guests and our staff the following measures have been put in place:

  • We will be offering the majority of activity outside in the fresh air.
  • Face coverings will be required to be worn inside buildings, with the exception of the moment that your photograph is taken in the Great Hall.
  • Access to the graduation arena for the celebration will be ticketed in order to maintain social distancing. Your two guests will need to accompany you into the arena in order to gain access. All final-year students will receive an invitation to book their ticket via email.
  • All attendees should take a lateral flow test less than 24 hours before travelling to campus for the events. You must not travel to campus if you test positive, or if you have any COVID symptoms or if you are self-isolating.
  • All attendees will be asked to check-in with the NHS Covid app to support Test & Trace. If you do not have the app a member of staff can assist you to do this manually.
  • In keeping with government guidance, alcohol will not be served at the graduation celebrations. Attendees are reminded that they must not attempt to bring alcohol with them to the events as to do so would be a breach of COVID rules.

What happens if the Government relax restrictions before my graduation?

To provide consistency for all of our graduating cohort, and to safeguard our COVID-security measures, these rules will remain in place for the duration of the graduation period – even if restrictions are eased on 19 July. This was a requirement of approval for the plans.

Will my name be read out as part of the celebrations?

In the interests of keeping the time spent in large groups to a minimum, your name will not be read out at the outdoor assemblies but we will announce you as you alight the stage in the Great Hall against the iconic graduation backdrop. This special moment will be captured on film and provided to you as a memento of your achievements.  

Will I get to go up on stage in the Great Hall?

Yes! You will have a unique on-stage experience in the Great Hall, which will be captured on film as part of the special photography package being provided by the University. 

What if I have access requirements?

If you are driving to the celebrations, parking for blue badge holders is available on campus and is identifiable via the campus mobility map. Some disabled parking may require you to enter restricted campus areas. If this is the case, please press the buzzer to speak to security, who will be able to open the appropriate gate for you. Please ensure that you display your blue badge clearly. 

In order to better facilitate access to the arena, we recommend entering campus via the entrance on Pritchatts Road (opposite the European Research Institute Building – reference G3 on the campus mobility map. This route also provides the best level-access entry point for the graduation arena in the Green Heart. There is a level-entry gate into the arena outside the Teaching and Learning Building, as shown on our graduation celebration map. Guests will need to accompany the graduating student into the arena, who will need to show their e-ticket at this gate.  

The outdoor assemblies being held in the Green Heart will not be seated events and will be standing room only. Some seating will be available in the Green Heart arena, in the area to the left of the marquee, for anyone with mobility issues. Please see the graduation celebration map for details. There will be marshals on hand to manage this priority seating area, so please do inform them if you require any assistance.

The campus mobility map also shows level access routes to the Great Hall for your on-stage experience and photography slot. You should enter via the Bramall Building (reference R12 on the campus mobility map).

If you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss with a member of the team, particularly with regard to your photographs in the Great Hall, please email graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we will be happy to talk you through the options available to you. 

How do I order my robes?

The deadline for ordering robes with Ede and Ravenscroft has now passed. 

If you ordered before the deadline, your robes will be sent to the address you provided by Ede and Ravenscroft using a tracked delivery service. If you experience any problems with your order, please contact customer_services@academic-services.co.uk or 01223 734759. 

Do I have to order robes to take part? 

No, wearing academic dress is entirely optional for these events. 

How do I book my photography package?

The deadline to book your photography package has now passed.   

If you did not booked photography before the deadline there may be limited additional capacity on the day to accommodate you. Please visit the Great Hall to enquire. We will do our best to find a space but are unable to guarantee photography for anyone who has not pre-booked. 

What catering options will be available?

There will be a range of exciting catering options available at the graduation festival in University Square and Chancellor’s Court. Please see the graduation celebration map for details. You will be able to indulge in a variety of delicious street foods at one of our outdoor pavilions, providing freshly made and locally sourced cuisine. No pre-booking will be required in order to purchase items from these outdoor food stalls but you will be asked to follow any COVID-19 rules needed at the time.    

Can I bring guests with me to campus?

Graduating students will be able to bring two guests with them to campus. This limit was a requirement of our being allowed to go ahead with the events and the two-guest maximum includes children of any age. Whilst we are really looking forward to being able to welcome you and your two guests to campus, it is important that you do not bring more than two people with you. This limit applies to all of campus and not just to the Green Heart arena or other graduation venues. We ask that all attendees respect this limit and the safety of everyone involved in the events. Disregarding the rules set by Birmingham City Council Public Health may place the graduation celebrations in jeopardy. 

Guest access to the arena will be linked to your own (student) ticket and your two guests will need to accompany you into the event in order to gain access to the Green Heart. They will not be issued with their own tickets. Please note that, due to the restrictions under which we are operating, your guest allocation is not transferable and no extra guest tickets will be available. We will webcast the outdoor assemblies so that they can be watched online, at home, by anyone unable to join us on campus.   

Please remember that all attendees, including guests, should take a lateral flow test before coming to campus. You must not travel to campus if you test positive, if you have any COVID symptoms or if you are self-isolating.

Will there be allocated seating? 

The outdoor assemblies being held in the Green Heart will not be seated events and will be standing room only. Some seating will be available in the Green Heart arena, in the area to the left of the marquee, for anyone with mobility issues. There will be marshals on hand to manage this priority seating area.  

Do I have to attend the on-campus celebrations to graduate?

No, your degree will be conferred by Special Warrant so attendance at the on-campus event is entirely optional.

Does being invited to attend an on-campus celebration mean I have successfully completed my degree?

No, communications about the graduation celebrations do not confirm successful completion of your degree and should not be taken as proof that you will be eligible to graduate. We will issue invitations to all students who might be ready to graduate in July. As such, you may receive an invitation and yet not be eligible to graduate by the time of the Special Warrant (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). You can access your official progress and examination results online by logging into the Student Gateway page and then clicking on 'Exam Results and Progress Decisions'. 

What should I do if I have been invited in error? 

If you receive communications about the graduation celebrations in error, for example if you are not in your final year of study or you will not complete your studies until later in the academic year, please ignore them. There is no need to let us know that you do not plan to attend.  

What if it rains?

The weather can be unpredictable so please bring an umbrella with you if you can. There will be some covered areas in the Green Heart, plus plenty of indoor viewing rooms should anyone prefer to take a seat and watch the show from inside one of the nearby buildings.

Will there be a virtual graduation celebration?

Yes, there will be a virtual graduation celebration for the Class of 2021 at 12:00 (BST) on Monday 26 July 2021 at which a virtual celebration film will be shown on the University's YouTube channel and Weibo (英国伯明翰大学官微). The on-campus events will also be webcast.  

How do I contribute to the Class of 2021 Yearbook?

Submissions to the Class of 2021 Yearbook have now closed. Please note that any companies asking you to pay to contribute to a yearbook are not affiliated with the University in any way - there is no charge to submit a profile to the University Yearbook and you'll receive a free digital copy of the Yearbook from us when it's finished in late summer. 

How will I receive my certificate and transcript?

An email has been sent to all of the students who have graduated via Special Warrant in July asking them to confirm their delivery address and preferred delivery option. The email includes a link to a personalised form, which you need to complete by 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 8 August in order to ensure you receive your documents. Please note that no documents will be posted until this form has been completed and there will be a delay in our posting your documents if you miss the deadline. If you need to change any of the details that you submitted on the form you can do so by resubmitting it, up until the 8 August deadline. If you have not received this email and believe that you should have, please contact us at graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk so that we can get it resent to you. It is really important that you do not share your personalised link with anyone else, nor can you ask someone else to complete the form on your behalf as it contains information that is unique to you. The email will have been sent to all of the email addresses that we hold for you (student and personal). Please check your junk folder before contacting us as often the email has been redirected there.   

We can send your documents to any address of your choosing. Standard mail is free of charge. Should you wish to do so, you can order DHL delivery at a cost of £20. If you choose DHL delivery for your documents then you will receive an email from DHL providing your tracking number once the documents have been dispatched by the University.  Unfortunately it is not possible to track standard delivery.  

For students graduating from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences on professional accredited programmes, your degree certificate will be available to view online from Friday 16 July. You should be able to view your official progress and examination results from Tuesday 29 June by logging into the Student Gateway page and then clicking on 'Exam Results and Progress Decisions'. Your transcripts will be available to view online within 48 hours of marks release.

For all other graduating students, your degree certificate will be available to view online from Friday 23 July. You should be able to view your official progress and examination results from Tuesday 6 July by logging into the Student Gateway page and then clicking on 'Exam Results and Progress Decisions'. Your transcripts will be available to view online within 48 hours of marks release.

Can I defer to a later Degree Congregation?

As your degree will have already been conferred by Special Warrant you will not be able to have it conferred again at a future Degree Congregation. Due to the uncertainties of the current situation, and the large number of graduates waiting to be able to attend an on-campus event, it is not possible to choose to defer your graduation.

Will there be any travel restrictions or delays on the day?

There are currently temporary traffic lights and access restrictions on the Edgbaston Park Road (Bristol Road junction area). There are alternative routes available so we would strongly recommend that you plan your route in advance to avoid the roadworks and leave yourself ample time to accommodate for any delays experienced. You can plan your journey through Google Maps or the AA route planner website

What if the events can't go ahead? 

The situation with the ongoing pandemic is still unpredictable and the information on this page is subject to any future changes in government restrictions. We hope that the focus on outdoor, socially distanced activities will enable us to be able to go ahead. We advise you to leave making any travel arrangements until much closer to the time.

Please note that, in the event of the graduation celebrations having to be cancelled, delayed, postponed or curtailed due to circumstances beyond the control of the University, the University shall give as much notice as is reasonably practical to students of such cancellation, delay, postponement or curtailment. Circumstances that would constitute a force majeure may include, but are not limited to: fire, flood, explosion or any other incident that renders the venue in which the Degree Congregation is due to be held unsafe to use; terrorist act (or threat of a terrorist act); natural disaster; pandemic; industrial action; or a period of national mourning. The University will not be liable for any losses, direct or otherwise, incurred by students or their guests in the event of the University of Birmingham’s graduation ceremonies being cancelled, delayed, postponed or curtailed due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

If the worst happens and the on-campus events can't go ahead then we will still run the virtual graduation celebration at 12:00 (BST) on Monday 26 July 2021. We will also endeavour to provide you with an on-campus celebration in the future.

Accommodation

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is the University of Birmingham’s hotel, and is just a short walk from the main campus. Opened in 2018, it has 172 bedrooms, an on-site bar and restaurant, plus car parking. Those guests looking for overnight accommodation should contact the hotel directly on 0121 414 8888 or visit www.edgbastonparkhotel.com

Library books to return?

If you are only able to find some of your outstanding items, please do bring them back. We would rather have some returned than none. No fines or fees will be charged. We are sure that you appreciate how important it is for us to provide materials for students and researchers, and so please do search out your items.

There will be a member of library staff at graduation to whom you can return your items too.  Or if you are not coming back onto campus we now have a free library book tracked returns service

Any questions feel free to contact us on library@mail.libanswers.bham.ac.uk

Where can I get the latest information about parking?

Information about visitor parking can be found on our car parking page.