Graduates - Class of 2020
It was our most sincere hope that, by March next year, conditions would have improved to the point that we would be able to hold the ceremonies properly, with your friends and family in full attendance to watch you cross the stage. Unfortunately, as we enter into another period of uncertainty and continued restrictions, we have been forced to re-evaluate our position and have decided to postpone our graduation ceremonies for 2020 graduates until Friday 3rd September 2021.
We are committed to make your graduation ceremony the same joyful and celebratory occasion that it has always been for our previous cohorts. We do not think it is right to offer you an online alternative, nor any version of the ceremony that is in some other way reduced. We don’t think these are right for our graduates at UCB, and we think that the class of 2020, in particular, deserve better, after a final academic year like no other.
We realise that this will come as a disappointment to you, and the class of 2020 has endured more disappointments than any group of students has before it. You have shown that you are a resilient bunch, capable of outstanding achievements in circumstances no-one would have thought possible back in September 2019. You deserve proper recognition for these achievements, and we are determined to provide that for you. We would like to assure you that this will be a completely distinct event from the 2021 graduation, which is scheduled for later in the month. It will be your event, not wrapped into another ceremony.
Qualifications were officially conferred (awarded) on the original graduation date of Friday 18 September 2020 when official documents were made available as hard copies through the post and online.
We will be in touch with you in due course about dates and deadlines by which to register your attendance in September 2021, and about ticket sales so that your loved ones can watch you cross the stage. These are likely to be in the spring of 2021, but we will keep you informed. For any queries regarding graduation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See further student information concerning the University’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.
Graduates - Class of 2021
Your ceremony will take place on Friday 17 September 2021 at the Symphony Hall. We will be in touch with you in due course about dates and deadlines by which to register your attendance in September 2021, and about ticket sales so that your loved ones can watch you cross the stage. These are likely to be in the spring of 2021, but we will keep you informed. For any queries regarding graduation, please contact email@example.com.
Let's celebrate together
At University College Birmingham, we are proud of all your achievements and we want to celebrate them with you! Share your stories, photos and videos using the hashtag #UCBgraduation, and don't forget to tag @ucbofficial.
Class of 2019
Last year, we asked the Class of 2019 to share what they were most proud of. Find out what they said in our video.
Our graduation ceremonies will now take place on Friday 3rd September 2021 (Class of 2020) and Friday 17 September 2021 (Class of 2021). Please find below useful information on what to expect on the day.
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.
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.
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, by calling 0370 240 1852 or by visiting their website: www.williamnortham.com
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 for the graduation ceremonies can only be purchased directly from the Symphony Hall Box Office. Tickets will go on sale close to the start of summer term. Students will be contacted via email and notified when these are made available.
Graduands don't need to buy a ticket for themselves, as they will be given one on the day.
Guest tickets can only be purchased by quoting the University Student I.D. number found on the I.D. card. Please ensure tickets are booked for the correct ceremony and time as it is very difficult to transfer the tickets to another ceremony.
The University strongly advises students to purchase guest tickets early to avoid disappointment as the ceremonies can sell out.
You can purchase your guest tickets by any of the following methods:
- By phone: 0121 780 3333 (Symphony Hall Box Office)
- Online at: www.thsh.co.uk
- In person: by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office
Useful contact details
Registry (for graduation ceremony information)
Registry: 0121 232 4158 or 0121 232 4178
Symphony Hall website: www.thsh.co.uk
Ticket phone line: 0121 780 3333
To arrange disabled parking: 0121 780 4949
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