On the day


Suggested schedule for the day

The day of your Degree Congregation will be busy, so to ensure that you make the most of this special occasion, we have prepared the following suggested schedule:

Travel and parking

Degree Congregations are held on our Edgbaston campus.  For the most up to date information about travelling to the University and for comprehensive directions, please visit our directions pages which contain detailed directions, maps and information concerning roadworks around the campus.

Collecting your tickets

Graduand and guest tickets should be collected from the Ticket Desk in the Bramall Music Building (Building R12 on the Edgbaston Campus Map) on the day of your graduation.  To avoid long queues, we politely ask that only graduands queue for tickets.

The Ticket Desk opens at the following times:

  • 07:45 for a 09:45 Degree Congregation
  • 08:15 for a 10:15 Degree Congregation
  • 10:15 for a 12:15 Degree Congregation
  • 11:30 for a 13:30 Degree Congregation
  • 13:00 for a 15:00 Degree Congregation
  • 14:15 for a 16:15 Degree Congregation
  • 15:45 for a 17:45 Degree Congregation

Each graduand is allocated two guest tickets, which will be given to you when you collect your own ticket.  Remember to bring your student ID card with you to collect your tickets, or if you no longer have it either your passport or driving license.

Guests with children

Each guest, including all children, entering the Great Hall must be in possession of a guest ticket irrespective of age. To ensure the safety of all guests, in no circumstances can a child be seated on a guest’s lap, nor can we allocate additional tickets for children attending a Degree Congregation.

A number of television screening rooms are available to guests with children and are signposted from the Great Hall.  Degree Congregations are not considered appropriate for babies and young children, therefore we advise graduands to take advantage of the alternative venues across campus to maximize your enjoyment of the day.

Collecting your academic dress

Once graduands have collected their tickets, academic dress (robes) can be collected from the Gowning Area in the Bramall Music Building (Building R12 on the Edgbaston Campus Map).  Remember to bring the order confirmation with you to collect your academic dress.


Once tickets and academic dress have been collected please make your way to the Photography Area in the Bramall Music Building (Building R12 on the Edgbaston Campus Map).  Members of staff from Ede and Ravenscroft will be available if you have any queries, or wish to order your photography on the day.

Don't be late

The doors to the Great Hall will close 15 minutes before the start of each Degree Congregation to both graduands and guests. This is to ensure the Degree Congregation runs smoothly for all concerned.

Guests and graduands with disabilities

If you, or any of your guests have a disability, then please visit the following website for details on the series of adjustments we can put in place for graduands and guests.

School receptions

Most Schools organise a celebratory reception either before or after your Degree Congregation.  Be sure not to confuse any information about these events with those of the Degree Congregation.  Should you have any queries regarding your School event, please contact your School directly.


There is a range of Bed and Breakfast accommodation available for graduands and guests during graduation at the Conference Park by University of Birmingham|Conferences and events.  There are 106 ensuite bedrooms, free car-parking and free WiFi throughout, and all located a five minute walk from campus, on Edgbaston Park Road.

Book online or call +44 (0)121 415 8400.

Gifts and souvenirs

Why not take a look at the range of gifts and souvenirs available to celebrate your graduation.  From teddy bears to silverware and keep sake items, we offer a range of reasonable priced products to mark this special occasion.