Graduation ceremonies

Our graduation ceremonies celebrate achievement in style. Those for our undergraduate and postgraduate students take place in the prestigious Symphony Hall at the Birmingham International Convention Centre.

Ceremonies for Graduates of 2023 will take place on Wednesday, 13 September 2023.

Further information will be provided in mid-April 2023.

All the information regarding robing and guest tickets and key updates will be also published on our Canvas page.

Useful information 

Please find below useful information on what to expect on the day.

Keeping you safe

University College Birmingham is delighted that you will be joining us for the Graduation ceremonies in September 2023, to be held at Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall. Working closely with the ICC and Symphony Hall, there are a number of safety measures in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. On this page you can find out more about these safety along with what to expect during your visit:

Our primary focus is to maintain a safe environment for everyone. We thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and support.

On the day

Around a week before graduation, graduates will be sent an email detailing the time that you should arrive at the ICC to register with the University team.

With around 1500 graduates registering during the day, keeping to the registration time on your invitation email will help to ease queues and ensure a safer event for everyone. Once you have registered you will be able to access the robe hire and photography. Please follow the signs within the ICC to locate the Registration desk, Robing and Photography.

Graduates should be seated 15 minutes before the start of the event. 

Crossing the stage

During the ceremony, UCB staff will direct you when to stand and leave the hall in order to cross the stage. It is important that you keep your ticket with you at all times. We will check this ticket to ensure that you are in the right order to cross the stage. If you lose your ticket please notify a member of the UCB graduation team as soon as possible.

Photography/live streaming

There will be photo studios set up in the ICC on the day of the ceremonies and you can have a photo taken (alone, with fellow students, or with your family). A photograph of you crossing the stage will also be available via the William Northam website.

University College Birmingham's marketing department will also be taking photos and videos on the day, which will be used for social media updates and future marketing campaigns. If you don't want a photo or video of you taken, please let a member of the team know. An online gallery of photos will be made available in the next few days after the event. There will also be a photo booth and social opportunities available.

Live streaming of the graduation ceremonies will be available on the day. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when the event starts.


Dress code

Ceremonies are celebratory occasions where graduates want to look their best for family, friends and photographs. All students are required to wear academic dress, also known as a cap and gown, and are advised to wear smart clothing underneath their academic dress.

You will be able to order your academic dress from the official supplier of robing, William Northam. To book you academic gown visit

Your academic dress will be available for collection on the day from a hall in the ICC. The cap and gown must be returned to the robing hall no later than 8.30pm on the day of the ceremonies. Late returns may be charged for the cost of another day’s hire.

Guest tickets

Guest tickets for the graduation ceremonies can only be purchased directly from the Symphony Hall Box Office. Further information about the tickets will be available in April 2023.

Useful contact details

For graduation ceremony information and visitor visa requests please contact:

Registry: 01212324158 or 01212324178


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