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
How many tickets will I get?
Once you have confirmed your attendance, and successfully completed your programme of study, you will be automatically allocated your own graduand ticket plus two guest tickets. All graduand and guest tickets are free of charge.
Your school may have arranged its own graduation celebration on the day of your Degree Congregation. Please do not confuse any tickets associated with these events with the actual Degree Congregation tickets.
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 is open 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
Are extra tickets available?
The number of extra tickets is dependent on the number of graduands attending each Degree Congregation. As the number of graduands attending each ceremony varies, so too does the number of extra tickets. There is never any guarantee that extra tickets will be available for any of our ceremonies. If extra tickets are available, all graduands confirmed as attending their on-campus Degree Congregation will receive an email from us exactly one week before the start of their ceremony containing a personalised link to an online form, through which extra tickets will be available to order on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will my seats be reserved?
Your graduand seat is reserved as you will be assigned the seat number that corresponds to the order in which you appear in the congregation programme. Guest seating is not reserved and is instead allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
What if my guests do not get extra tickets?
Guests without tickets are able to watch the Degree Congregation from our screening room - signposted from the Great Hall. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who are not be able to visit campus on the day can also watch each Degree Congregation online via our website.
What if my guests are bringing children?
There is no age limit to attend a Degree Congregation but each guest, regardless of age (including 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. Owing to the high demand for guest tickets, extra tickets cannot be guaranteed for children accompanying guests in the Great Hall. For more information about how to apply for extra tickets, please visit the following webpage.
A screening room is available a short distance from the Great Hall which provides a more relaxed setting in which to watch the Degree Congregation. Degree Congregations last approximately 90 minutes, further extended by the time sat in the Great Hall before and after the ceremony. Guests attending with children may therefore prefer to use these venues rather than attending in the Great Hall.
Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on campus.
What if a visa is needed to attend the ceremony?
Please read our visitor visa guide if you or your guests need a visa to attend your Degree Congregation.
In support of your application the University can produce a letter that states that you have been invited to attend a Degree Congregation, and that you are able to bring two guests with you to the ceremony. We are unable to issue named invitations to your guests.
You can get a copy of the letter you need by submitting an online enquiry.