Summer 2022 ceremonies

Gowning and photography

Turn up to your graduation in style! This is your special day, so enjoy getting dressed for the occasion.

Gowning and photography bookings for ceremonies have now closed

You are required to wear a cap and gown and to be dressed in smart business attire for your graduation ceremony. That way you can look back in years to come and remember the day with pride. You will not be able to cross the stage without a cap and gown. Availability of hiring these on the day is limited, so please ensure you book your outfit as soon as possible.

On the day of your ceremony, please remember to: 

  • bring your gown hire reference number and a form of identification in order to collect your gown 
  • wear smart business attire (e.g. what you would wear for a job interview) 
  • wear a shirt or fitted blouse with buttons so that the gown can be easily secured to your clothing 
  • wear shoes in which you will feel comfortable climbing up/down steps and walking across a large stage 

Gowns are to be returned before you leave the Symphony Hall and ICC premises, unless you have arranged an extended hire in advance, in order to avoid any potential charges. 

Graduating members of staff

If you are currently a BCU staff member, please refer to the instructions sent to you by email.


Ede & Ravenscroft are also the University’s official photographers. They will be welcoming graduates, family, and friends into their studios at the venue to capture your memorable day. 

Ede & Ravenscroft offer a wide range of photograph packages to suit everyone and we recommend that you pre-book your photography package via their website. Payments can also be made on the day by card only (AMEX is not accepted).

Please note: All personal portraits you wish to have taken by our official photographer must be completed before your ceremony takes place. You will not be able to revisit the photography zone after your ceremony has finished due to the need for us to safely manage capacity levels in each of the zoned areas of Symphony Hall and ICC during your visit.  

Of course, you’re also welcome to take your own photos before and after the ceremony in your gown with your guests. The ICC is next to Brindley Place and Centenary Square, both picturesque locations which will make the perfect background. Don’t forget to throw your hat - just avoid the canal! 

If you have any questions, please email us at