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Graduation ceremonies

July 2020 award ceremonies postponed

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.

However, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our BCU community. Therefore; regrettably, we have decided to postpone in-person graduations this summer.  Every student who is due to graduate this summer will be invited to a ceremony in person within the next year.

We will be holding virtual celebrations in August 2020. While we make plans for full graduation ceremonies at a later date, these virtual celebrations will give graduates and their families a meaningful day full of reflection, inspiration and joy.

Students who have completed all the requirements to be eligible to graduate will receive an email containing information about obtaining their degree certificate. We are currently anticipating being able to begin issuing certificates to award holders from August, but please bear with us if this takes slightly longer than usual.

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.