Your graduation day will be busy, so to help you make the most of this special occasion please watch the following film and read through the information below.
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
Schedule for the day
There's a lot to do on the day of your graduation so to help we've prepared a suggested schedule which you can download and bring with you on the day - you can also share this with family and friends.
Travel and parking
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.
Collecting your tickets
All tickets (graduand and guest) should be collected from the Registration Desk in the Bramall Music Building (building R12 on the campus map) on the day of your graduation. We do not post any tickets. To avoid long queues we politely ask that only graduands queue for tickets.
The Registration 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
- 15:30 for a 17:30 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 entering the Great Hall, including all children and babes in arms, must be in possession of a guest ticket. This is in the interests of safety as there is a strict limit on the number of people who can be in the Great Hall at any one time and the tickets enable us to monitor this.
A screening room is available to guests with children and is signposted from the Great Hall. Owing to their duration Degree Congregations are not typically considered appropriate for babies and young children, therefore we advise guests with young children to take advantage of the alternative venues across campus to maximise your enjoyment of the day.
Collecting your academic dress
Once graduands have collected their tickets, academic dress (robe, hood and hat) should be collected from the Ede and Ravenscroft on the 1st floor of the Bramall Music Building (building R12 on the campus map). Remember to bring your order confirmation with you to collect your academic dress.
Once graduands have collected their tickets academic dress, please make your way to the photography studios in the Nuffield Building (building R9 on the campus map) if you have pre-ordered or would like to have professional portrait photography taken. Members of staff from Ede and Ravenscroft will be available in the Nuffield Building should you have any queries or wish to order your photography on the day.
When do the doors to the Great Hall open?
Graduands and guests can enter the Great Hall at the following times:
- 09:00 for a 09:45 Degree Congregation
- 09:30 for a 10:15 Degree Congregation
- 11:30 for a 12:15 Degree Congregation
- 12:45 for a 13:30 Degree Congregation
- 14:15 for a 15:00 Degree Congregation
- 15:45 for a 16:15 Degree Congregation
- 16:45 for a 17:30 Degree Congregation
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 that the Degree Congregation runs smoothly for all concerned. Any graduands and guests arriving once the doors have closed may not be permitted entry.
Guests and graduands with disabilities
If you, or any of your guests, have a disability please visit our graduands and guests with disabilities webpage for details of the series of adjustments we can put in place to enable you to make the most of your Degree Congregation.
Most schools organise a celebratory reception either before or after your Degree Congregation. Be sure not to confuse any information about these events with that for the Degree Congregation itself. Should you have any queries regarding your school event, please contact your school directly.
The University’s hotel is the closest option for overnight stays. Located on campus, Edgbaston Park Hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from University station and 15 minutes’ walk from the main campus. Parking is free for hotel guests.
Edgbaston Park Hotel offers a discounted bed-and-breakfast rate for visitors attending the Degree Congregations. Please quote GRAD_BB to receive 15% off our best flexible bed-and-breakfast rate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reservations team on +44 (0)121 414 8888 (option 1) between 8.30am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.