July Degree Congregations

Graduation is the highlight of the academic year and we are really looking forward to the celebrations. Degree Congregations for our Class of 2024 Birmingham graduates are due to take place in the Great Hall between Tuesday 9 and Friday 19 July 2024 (excluding weekends).

An invitation to book a place at the July Degree Congregations will be sent to our potential July 2024 cohort in February, with a deadline to reply of 1 March. If you responded to this invitation then you can now find out the date and time of your ceremony by logging into the Student Gateway. To access the Student Gateway you will need to use either your @student or @alumni email address and latest password. If you can't remember your password and are unable to access the Gateway then you can reset your password with IT Services or contact the IT Servicedesk if you are an alumni. If you missed the deadline to reply to your invitation please email us at graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk to join our wait list and we will do our best to find a space for you. 

Further information about the Degree Congregations and the schedule of our July ceremonies can be seen below. We will be adding to this content in the run up to graduation. We will also email our graduands with important information about the day, so it's really important that you keep your contact details up to date. Please add graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk to your contacts list. You may also need to check your junk folder in case our emails have been redirected there. 

We are really looking forward to these special occasions and to helping you to celebrate your achievements. We hope you are getting excited about them too!

When is my ceremony?

Ceremonies will take place between Tuesday 9 and Friday 19 July 2024 (excluding weekends).  A more detailed schedule by College is below, but is subject to change.  The final allocation of ceremony dates and times by School and Department will be available in late March, 2024. 

Tuesday 9 July - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Wednesday 10 July - College of Life and Envrionmental Sciences, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Thursday 11 July - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Friday 12 July - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, College of Social Sciences

Monday 15 July - College of Social Sciences

Tuesday 16 July - College of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Law

Wednesday 17 July - College of Arts and Law, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Thursday 18 July - College of Arts and Law, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Friday 19 July - College of Medical and Dental Sciences



Each graduand is allocated their own ticket to the ceremony plus two guest tickets, which will grant access to the Great Hall for your Degree Congregation. There is no charge for tickets.  

The venues

Your Degree Congregation will take place in the Great Hall at the centre of our Edgbaston campus. Our students have been graduating from this iconic building since the early 1900s.  After your Degree Congregation you and your guests are welcome to spend the day enjoying our beautiful campus, where you can take your own graduation-day photographs against the backdrop of Old Joe and the Aston Webb Building.

What if I cannot attend in July 2024?

If you cannot attend a ceremony in July 2024, you have two options: 

1) You can defer your graduation until December 2024.  If you select this option, please note your degree will not be conferred until December 2024, and you will not receive a certificate until then. All graduatable awards must be conferred as part of a degree ceremony before a certificate can be released.  You can obtain copies of your transcript, and a proof of study letter, should you require proof of your award subject to conferral.

2) You can graduate in your absence.  If you select this option, we will contact you in June 2024 to request your up to date address details, your certificate will be posted to you in August 2024, subject to you providing address information.  If you select to graduate in your absence, you will not be able to attend a future degree congregation for this qualification. 


Important information

It is important to remember that communications about your graduation 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. Only students meeting the terms of a Degree of the University as listed under Ordinance 4.1.1  will be eligible to actually attend the July graduations. Some students will be allocated a place at a Degree Congregation 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, you are resitting any examinations or have not met the terms of your degree in time). 

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, whether in person or in absentia, then you cannot attend the July Degree Congregations. This includes our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates. 

In the event of the Degree Congregations 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.