On the day
Everything you need to know about your graduation day
Graduation day checklist
• Arrive on campus at least three 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.
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.
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.
We often get asked to explain the difference between a graduand and a graduate. At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, you will be a graduand which means that you have passed all the examinations required for a particular award and therefore will be eligible to graduate. By the end of the ceremony, you will have become a graduate of the University as your award will have been conferred and your degree certificate will be given to you. It is not until the Chancellor or their designated representative admits you into the University Convocation that you are an official graduate of Aston University.
In addition to your degrees, the 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:
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 Ede & Ravenscroft.
Ede & Ravenscroft 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 18:30.
Hospitality will take place in the students' union. Prize giving will take place in Conference Aston.
In the students' union, you can help yourself to a complimentary drink. A photo booth will also be available for you to capture personal photos with your friends and family. A string quartet will be playing throughout the day.