Your suggested schedule for the day

Graduation day checklist 
• Arrive on campus at least two hours before your ceremony 
• Robe up in G63 and have your photographs in the Great Hall 
• Arrive at the Eastside Rooms at least one hour before your ceremony start time 
• Use #astongrads on social media to share your special day 
• Following your ceremony head back to the Students' Union to celebrate! 
• Keep in touch with @AstonAlumni on Twitter.

Travel and parking

We recommend that you use public transport if at all possible, as parking in and around the city will be limited. The University is easily accessible by train, bus or coach and air. For more information, visit our website.

There is no available parking on campus. For those arriving by car, parking may be found a few minutes’ walk away at Millennium Point multi-storey car park. Charges apply. For more information go to Birmingham City Council website. Please note that this car park is operated by Birmingham City Council and we cannot guarantee the availability of spaces.

If you require disabled parking, please contact us after completing your graduation registration and we will book you a space subject to availability. 

Where do the ceremonies take place?

Ceremonies will take place at the Eastside Rooms, which is a venue adjacent to the Aston University campus on Woodcock Street. This will provide an attractive setting for your special day.

Please ensure that your guests are at the Eastside Rooms to take their seats at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of your graduation ceremony.

Any latecomers will not be permitted into the ceremony. We will not delay the ceremony for you. Please be considerate to your fellow graduands and guests by turning up on time.

When and how do I receive my degree certificate?

Your degree certificate will be issued within 4 weeks of an award list being approved and sent to the Student Records team by your School. 

Upon receipt of this award list following an Exam Board, you will be sent a link to order your documents which will remain active for 21 days. Please note we will only issue to the address you specify when you complete this task.

Honorary degrees

In addition to your degrees, Aston University often confers honorary degrees. These are presented at the beginning of the ceremony.



Please note that the University asks you to be at checkpoint (located in the Eastside Rooms) at least an hour before your ceremony starts as follows:

  • 9:30 (for the 10:30 ceremony) 
  • 12:30 (for the 13:30 ceremony)
  • 15:30 (for the 16:30 ceremony) 

This is to ensure that all procedures and paperwork are in place for your ceremony to commence on time. If you are late to the checkpoint, you may not be able to join your ceremony, as we cannot delay the ceremony to accommodate you, so please be on time. 

If your guests are running late, please do not wait for them, as it may mean you could be late to the checkpoint. Guests need to be seated half an hour before the ceremony starts.


The official photographers are Tempest Photography.

Tempest Photography will be at Aston University on the day and located in The Great Hall, Upper Ground Floor of the Main Building from 07:30 to 19:00.

Hospitality and prize giving

Hospitality will take place in the Aston University Students' Union. Prize giving will take place in Conference Aston. 

What will be happening in the Students' Union?

In the Students' Union, you can help yourself to a complimentary drink. A string quartet will be playing throughout the day as well as a photo booth for you to capture personal photos with your friends and family. You can also head upstairs to chat to the team from Alumni and Careers. There will be fun and games and opportunities to win prizes. Plus, you’ll be able to find out all about the brand new Aston for Life platform, and see how Aston can support you with your next steps.