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 a suggested schedule, which you can also download as a PDF:

Travel and parking

Degree Congregations are held on our Edgbaston campus.  For the most up-to-date information about travelling to the University, please visit our directions pages which contains 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 Avon Room, University Centre (building R23 on the 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 10:00 Degree Congregation
  • 08:15 for a 10:30 Degree Congregation
  • 10:15 for a 12:30 Degree Congregation
  • 11:30 for a 13:45 Degree Congregation
  • 13:00 for a 15:15 Degree Congregation
  • 14:15 for a 16:30 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 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 (robes) can be collected from the Gowning Area in the Avon Room, University Centre (building R23 on the 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 studios in the Avon Room, University Centre (building R23 on the 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 that the Degree Congregation runs smoothly for all concerned.

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. 

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 that for the Degree Congregation itself.  Should you have any queries regarding your school event, please contact your school directly.


If you are looking for accommodation close to campus, the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is part of the University of Birmingham Group - a modern boutique hotel with contemporary en-suite bedrooms in a quintessentially English Grade II-listed house.  To book your room call +44 (121) 414 8888 or email reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com quoting GRAD19 for discountd room rates.

Gifts and souvenirs

A range of gifts and souvenirs is available to celebrate your graduation.  From teddy bears to silverware, we offer a range of reasonably priced products to mark this special occasion.