Before the day

We hope you are looking forward to your graduation.  For information on how to prepare for your graduation please watch this short film and read through the following information.

2020 Degree Congregations

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions in place across the UK, we have had to take the very difficult decision to postpone our on-campus graduation events that were due to take place in December 2020. This decision has been made with the best interests of our students and staff in mind. We will be running Virtual Graduation Celebrations in the week commencing Monday 7 December 2020 to mark the achievements of our Class of 2020 graduating cohort. We also remain committed to providing the Class of 2020 with an opportunity to come together, celebrate and reunite on campus when it is possible to do so. 


Checking the date and time

We strongly advise all students to check the date and time of their Degree Congregation via my.bham.  To check the specific date and time of your Degree Congregation please log into the portal, click on the myProgress tab and then the Degree Congregations link.  Select your programme of study, click submit and the following screen will display the date and time of your Degree Congregation.

Checking your qualification

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

  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • University Diploma
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Foundation Degree in Arts
  • Foundation Degree in Science
  • Advanced Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Certificate in Higher Education (Further Education)
  • Foundation Certificate 
  • Diploma

You can check  the qualification you have been awarded on my.bham by clicking on the myProgress tab.

What should I wear?

Degree Congregations are formal occasions and graduands are expected to dress for such an occasion.  Alternatives to this may be worn for cultural and religious reasons, however casual wear is not deemed appropriate.  Please bear in mind that you will be climbing and descending a number of platform steps, so please wear sensible footwear.  You may wish to wear a top with buttons down the front to help secure your academic hood.

Graduands must also wear the appropriate academic dress (robe, hood and hat) for the degree for which they are to be presented.  Academic dress should be ordered from the University's gown hire suppliers Ede and Ravenscroft.


For more information regarding your ticket allocation (including guest and extra tickets) please visit our ticketing webpage.


We advise all graduands 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.


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 or call the reservations team on +44 (0)121 414 8888 (option 1) between 8.30am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

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 2020, please complete and submit the following form by (date TBC).