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Graduation ceremonies

July 2020 postponement

We know how important our graduation events are for our students and their loved ones, and it’s something that all staff at BCU look forward to as well.

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our BCU community. We therefore, regrettably, decided to postpone in-person graduations this summer, however every student who was due to graduate this summer will be invited to a ceremony in person within the next year. 

Once new dates have been secured all affected students who were awarded on or before Friday 17 July 2020 will be contacted with information on how to register.

January 2021 

The winter ceremonies are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 January 2021. These ceremonies will be open to students who are due to gain an award between Monday 20 July and Friday 27th November, 12 noon.

Students who are awarded after Friday 27 November will then be invited to the summer ceremony series which is currently due to take place between Monday 19 and Friday 23 July 2021.

For further information regarding gown hire, photography, travel and other Frequently Asked Questions please see the Graduation details page. 

Award certificates

Graduating students will continue to receive their award certificates and academic transcripts once their award has been confirmed. Eligible students will receive an email directing them to the mySRS Portal when their certificate becomes available and you will be asked to confirm the address that you wish to have your certificate posted to. 

Students who are also awarded from the 2019/0 academic year will also be able to access digital degree certificates after the decision to partner with Gradintelligence. With Gradintelligence, students will be able to choose to share their digital certificate securely with prospective employers, universities and third parties.

Eligible students will receive an automated email to activate their account for their digital certificate when this is available.

Graduation Scheduling

The scheduling of your graduation ceremony will be based on your course of study and the number of graduate and guest seats available, as well as Government guidance on numbers of people allowed to gather following the coronavirus pandemic.  Whilst every effort is made to reserve and maintain your place in the ceremony to which you were invited, we may sometimes have to re-allocate you to another ceremony on a different date or time; for example, if student registration unexpectedly exceeds capacity.  

Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of the Birmingham City University’s graduation ceremonies being cancelled, delayed, prevented, hindered or postponed due to circumstances beyond the control of the University, including (but not limited to): fire; explosion; terrorist act (or threat of a terrorist act); act of God; crisis situations; pandemic; epidemic; industrial action or dispute involving the University or the venue(s) at which the ceremonies are due to be held, the University will not be liable for any losses direct or otherwise incurred by students or their guests.  Graduands and their guests should ensure they have sufficient insurance protection to cover any losses they may incur as a result of postponement or cancellation of the ceremonies. The University will endeavour to maintain accurate information on its website and regular communications with the attending students.