Yes - you must register online through MAP by the deadline even if you wish your degree to be conferred in your absence or if you wish to defer graduation until a future ceremony.
If you want to be awarded ‘in-absentia’ (not attend the ceremony or any future ceremony), you must confirm the address where your certificate should be posted to (through MAP) otherwise you will not receive your certificate. Your award will be posted after the ceremonies have taken place (the certificate needs to be validated by the Chancellor or their designated representative at the degree congregations first).
Please do not wait for exam results before registering; failure to register will result in you not graduating. If you are in any doubt as to whether you will graduate you must still register via MAP. If necessary, your name can be withdrawn at a later stage.
All graduands are guaranteed two free guest tickets for their ceremony. These tickets have to be booked via the Town Hall Birmingham Box Office. Information about how to book your guest tickets will be sent to you by email closer to the date of your graduation - please keep checking your mailboxes.
If any guests are travelling from overseas, we would encourage not to book flights before securing two pre-allocated tickets.
The ceremonies are formal occasions and graduands are advised to dress appropriately. We welcome national dress for international students and military uniforms are also acceptable.
Jeans, t-shirts and other casual clothing are not considered appropriate for graduation ceremonies. We would also recommend that you wear shoes in which you will feel comfortable climbing up/down steps and walking across a large stage.
It is advisable to bring some safety pins for your gown and hairgrips may be useful for your hat.
Please note that if you wear a turban, then this will exempt you from wearing an official graduation cap. If you wear a headscarf then the graduation cap will go over the top.
There is no dress code for guests.
In order to take part in the ceremony, you must be at the Checkpoint in the Town Hall Birmingham an hour before the start of your ceremony - times to be confirmed
If you attend the ceremony you will receive your certificate in person during the ceremony (providing you do not have a university debt). With your certificate, you will also usually receive a Diploma Supplement.
The Diploma Supplement provides additional information about your degree, including module grades. If you do not attend, your certificate and Diploma Supplement (if applicable) will be sent to you by the week following the ceremony.
There is no parking available on campus. Parking can be found at Millennium Point (which is located a few minutes walk away from the university) or alternatively City Centre parking.
The university will be offering a shuttle service to the Town Hall Birmingham and back for graduands and guests from 8am until 6pm. The university and the coach company does not take any responsibility for graduands and guests who arrive late for the ceremonies. It is the responsibility of graduands and guests to arrive on time.