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Graduation: frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive about Graduation at Birkbeck. If you can't find the answer to your question here, then   

Which ceremony will I attend?

  • Graduation ceremonies are held twice a year, in April and November. We will email you booking details around six weeks before your ceremony. 
  • November Graduation is for students who have completed the following: foundation degrees, BA/BSc/LLB degrees, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, and MPhil/PhDs (Please note: PhD graduates are invited to attend either ceremony, depending on their completion date.) 
  • April Graduation is for students who have completed the following: MA/MSc/MFA/LLM/MRes degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates in education, and MPhil/PhDs. (Please note: PhD graduates are invited to attend either ceremony, depending on their date of completion.)
  • Students who are awarded a Certificate of Continuing Education (CertCE) or a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) are invited to a celebratory event in the early summer to mark their achievement. There is no dress code, and details of the event will be circulated to all eligible students nearer the time.

I haven't received an email invitation to Graduation 

  • Make sure you do not have a fee debt with the College. If you do, you will not be invited to Graduation until the debt has been cleared. 
  • Please make sure your email address is accurate and up to date on My Birkbeck. If you have a Hotmail account, we advise you to add another email account to My Birkbeck, as Hotmail often deletes Graduation emails as junk. 
  • Please check the junk mail folder in your email, as Graduation invitations can sometimes be marked as spam and automatically moved from your inbox. 
  • If you have tried the steps above but you still have not received an email, please .

I can’t make the date of my ceremony: what can I do? 

Where is Graduation held?

  • Graduation ceremonies are held at Senate House, the historic home of the University of London, which is in Bloomsbury, central London (WC1), about five minutes' walk from Russell Square tube station. 
  • The reception after your ceremony is also held at Senate House. 
  • Before your ceremony, you will need to collect your tickets and your gown from Student Central.

when should I Book my travel and/or accommodation? 

  • We strongly advise that you do not make any travel (flights, trains, car hire, etc) or accommodation arrangements until you have received your invitation from us and booked your ticket. 
  • Birkbeck cannot take responsibility for transport or accommodation costs incurred and you make these arrangements at your own risk.

When will I receive my graduation certificate?

  • Your certificate will be posted to you by the Diploma Production Office at Senate House regardless of whether or not you choose to attend the ceremony. This will happen automatically and you do not need to do anything. For any queries please email the .