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
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.
Collecting your academic dress
Once graduands have collected their tickets, academic dress (robe, hood and hat) should be collected from 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 and 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.
Comfort breaks and personal belongings
We politely ask graduands to ensure they have taken all necessary comfort breaks before they enter the Great Hall. Once checked-in it is essential that you remain seated to ensure your name is read out during the Degree Congregation.
Graduands do not return to the same seat after being presented for their degree; therefore please do not bring any personal belongings into the Great Hall. This includes handbags, mobile electronic devices or bags of any description. A cloakroom service is available and signposted from the Great Hall, or alternatively you can leave any personal belongings with your guests.
Mobile phones and cameras during the ceremony
Use of mobile phones, cameras or any portable electronic device is not permitted during the Degree Congregation as it can cause disruption to other graduands and guests. Any graduands or guests seen using such equipment may be asked to leave the Degree Congregation.
If you would like a photograph of you receiving your degree on stage during the Degree Congregation please speak to a representative of Ede and Ravenscroft as this is part of the wide range of photograph options available to you.
Download a PDF copy of your schedule for the day
So you don't miss anything you can download a copy of your schedule for the day (PDF - 135KB) to refer to when you arrive on campus.