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Essential information: dates, tickets, costs and gowns

Graduation is held twice a year, in April and November, at Senate House in Bloomsbury, central London (WC1).

Booking your ticket

  • Eligible graduates will be emailed an invitation around six weeks beforehand.
  • If you have not received your invitation, please .
  • If you do not contact us before the booking deadline, we will not be able to hold graduate or guest places and they will be reallocated.
  • Tickets are available for collection on the day of your ceremony, from Student Central.

Graduation fund 2019-20

  • If you are an undergraduate student and feel you are not able to attend Graduation for financial reasons, you may be eligible to apply for the Birkbeck Graduation Fund. The fund will cover gown hire and one guest ticket. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.
  • Eligibility criteria: You will be eligible to apply if you satisfy ALL of the following criteria. You must:
    • be an undergraduate student who is graduating this year, and have received an invitation to Graduation
    • have received the Birkbeck Cash Bursary or Access to Learning Fund in the final year of your course
    • belong to at least one of the following categories (evidence must be submitted): disabled students, single parents, care leavers, students on means-tested benefits (income support, JSA/ESA income-based, universal credit or housing benefit), students living with their parents who are in receipt of one of the above means-tested benefits, asylum seekers/refugees, students in receipt of Carer's Allowance
    • be a Home or EU fees student
    • not be a debtor to the College
    • have a gross annual household income for the 2018-19 tax year of £28,065 (single student with no dependent children), £30,065 (single student with one dependent child or married/partnered student with no dependent children) or £32,065 (married/partnered student with one dependent child). Add £1000 to these amounts for each additional dependent child.
  • If you fulfil all of the above criteria and would like to apply for the Birkbeck Graduation Fund, please email the to request an application form.
  • Application deadlineThe application deadline for the Autumn 2020 ceremonies will be announced in the summer. All eligible graduates will also receive information with their graduation invitation.

Buying tickets on the day

  • If there is space available, tickets will be sold on the day.
  • These tickets cost £37. The additional cost is to cover additional administration costs.

Ticket costs

  • Tickets for graduates are free.
  • Tickets for guests are £33 each, if booked in advance.
  • Tickets for children and teenagers, aged from three to 17 years, cost £15.
  • Tickets for newborn babies and infants, aged up to 2 years (seated on an adult’s lap), are free.


  • Refunds can only be given within seven days of purchase.

Guest tickets

  • Guests are very welcome, but the number of guests you can bring will depend on how full the Graduation ceremony is. Graduates may be initially limited to one guest for ceremonies that are very full, but most graduates are able to bring two guests. We notify all eligible students around two weeks before graduation if any additional tickets become available - they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Infants and children

  • Birkbeck Graduation is a family-friendly event and we welcome babies, infants, children and young adults (up to 17) who are accompanied by an adult. There is space to leave prams and pushchairs.
  • Tickets for children aged between three and 17 years old cost £15.
  • There is no charge for children from newborn to two years old, seated on an adult’s lap.
  • We arrange for guests with young children to be seated near a door, so that you can leave the hall if necessary.
  • If you are bringing young children, please bear in mind that the ceremony can feel quite long to young guests and includes formal speeches and presentations.
  • We are unable to provide a creche.

Guests with mobility and access requirements

  • We will always make every effort to accommodate the needs of all of our guests, but it is important that we are made aware of guests' mobility and access requirements well in advance of the ceremony. Please make your requirements clear on your booking form and if you wish to discuss your guest's needs in great detail, so we can make adequate provision.


  • Almost all graduates choose to hire an academic gown to wear to Graduation, which consists of a gown, hood and hat.
  • You need to hire your own gown in advance of the ceremony. You can do this easily and directly with Birkbeck's academic gown supplier, Ede and Ravenscroft, who will be able to answer all of your queries about hiring and wearing a gown.
  • The online system for academic gowns will open as soon as we email your invitation. It will close around four weeks before the ceremony.
  • Gown hire usually costs between £45 and £75.
  • You collect your gown on the day from Student Central, along with your tickets.
  • If you choose not to wear a gown, we recommend wearing formal clothing on the day.


  • Professional photographers will provide studio and presentation portraits at the event. Please arrange this direct, via Ede and Ravenscroft portrait service.
  • Your guests may take photographs and/or use their own video cameras during the ceremony, but no tripods can be used.
  • We ask guests to remain seated throughout the ceremony, so as not to block the view of other guests.


  • ‘Class of 2020’ hoodies and t-shirts will be available via Campus Clothing. All garments are fair trade, and already have your name and those of your fellow students printed on the back. You can also add bespoke personalisation if you wish.
  • Campus Clothing will have a stall at your ceremony, but you can pre-order at Campus Clothing/Birkbeck. Ordering in advance also means you can guarantee your chosen size and colour, as these can often sell out on the day.
  • Please note that your name will appear on the clothing unless you have indicated you do not wish the College to use your name on graduation memorabilia (we will ask you this during the graduation registration process).

Getting a visa for Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)