Before the day


Confirm the date and time

Once the date and time of each School's Degree Congregation is published graduands are advised to check the date and time of their Degree Congregation via my.bham to avoid any confusion over which ceremony they should attend.  To do so follow these steps:

  • Log on to my.bham.
  • Click on the myProgress tab, then on the Degree Congregations link.
  • Select your programme of study then click Submit.
  • The following screen will display the date and time of your Degree Congregation.

Check your qualification

Unfortunately students awarded any of the following qualifications are not permitted to attend a Degree Congregation:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Diploma in Higher Education
  • Advanced Certificate
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Diploma

You can check your qualification on my.bham by clicking on the myProgress tab.

What to wear

Degree Congregations are formal occasions and graduands are expected to dress accordingly.  In addition to formal business-wear, graduands must present themselves wearing the appropriate academic dress (robes) for the degree they are to be awarded.  Academic dress can be ordered from the University's gown hire suppliers Ede and Ravenscroft.

Most graduands choose to hire their robes for the day, however you can purchase the robes if you wish.  Please note that academic dress for Degree Congregations taking place in December 2019 should be ordered by Friday 22 November 2019 at the latest.


For details of your ticket allocation, including guest and extra tickets, please visit the following website:


We strongly advise you to pre-order your photography before the day of your Degree Congregation as this will save time on the day.  A range of photography options are available to order from Ede and Ravenscroft, the University's official photographer.  If you are unable, or do not wish to pre-order your photography, you can always choose and order on the day.


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 quoting GRAD19 for discounted room rates.

Graduands and guests 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.

Pronunciation of names

We would like to ensure that your name is pronounced correctly during the Degree Congregation.  If in your experience people find pronouncing your name difficult, you can submit an online form to help ensure that your name is pronounced correctly.  Once you have confirmed your attendance to graduate in December 2019, please complete and submit the following form by Friday 22 November 2019 at the latest.

Now you are ready

Once you have completed these preparations you are ready to graduate.  You can prepare further by reading our information about the day of your Degree Congregation.