Graduation Itinerary

Are you ready for graduation? We’ve put together an itinerary for before, during and after the ceremony so you and your guests can relax and enjoy this special day.

The countdown begins

Everything you need to prepare for graduation

If you’ve any accessibility requirements on the day, please let us know beforehand so we can make the necessary adjustments. Email Nadia at

Have you booked a restaurant or somewhere to celebrate after graduation? Our drinks reception ends at 5pm and if you’d like to continue the celebrations with family and friends, we recommend you book a restaurant now as some may be booked on the day. Take a look at our list of recommended places to celebrate here.

Don’t forget to plan your journey in advance to avoid any rush on the day. You can find the address for where graduation is taking place below or view it on the map here. It’s just around the corner from 99 Gower Street.

The big day has arrived

What you need to do when you get here – Friday 29 November

10:30am: To start the day you’ll need to pick up your cap and gown from Birkbeck, next door to where graduation is taking place, from 10:30am. You’ll also have chance to have a professional portrait taken here.

Location: Room B02 (MB02), Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX.

#BILGrad: When you’re gowned up, why not take a photo and share on social media? Include the hashtag #BILGrad to join in the online celebrations!

12pm: Next up is registering for the Graduation Ceremony. Registration opens for you and your guests from 12pm and the registration desk can be found to your right, just outside the Graduation Hall in Senate House. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring any ID or email confirmation. All we need is the name of you and your guests.

Location: Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

Alumni Alert: Keep an eye out for information about our brand-new Alumni Network at the registration desk where you can pick up a free Alumni gift. Find out more about Bloomsbury Institute’s Alumni Network here.

12pm: At 12pm, the doors to the Graduation Hall also open. You can find the hall just to the right, behind the registration desk in Senate House.

Before you head inside the Graduation Hall, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take photos in the stunning Senate House with your family and friends.

#BILGrad: Remember to use the hashtag #BILGrad when sharing your photos on social media.

1:30pm: All graduands and guests need to be seated in the Graduation Hall by 1:30pm. We know you’ll be spending time with your family and friends, but please keep an eye on the time to make sure you don’t miss the ceremony.

2pm: It’s time to celebrate and commemorate your huge achievement! The Graduation Ceremony will begin at 2pm.

3pm: The ceremony has ended and the celebrations begin. Congratulations, you’re officially a Bloomsbury Institute Graduate! Our Graduates’ Drinks Reception takes place at 3pm in Senate House. Stay for a few drinks and nibbles with your lecturers and fellow graduates.

Relax and enjoy

Here’s what you can do after the ceremony has ended

Don’t forget to return your cap and gown if you hired it. Head to the left of Senate House reception to Room G02 after the ceremony ends to return them.

After our drinks reception, why not continue the celebrations with family and friends at a restaurant or bar? If you’ve booked somewhere to celebrate, great! If not, don’t worry, some restaurants and bars should still have bookings available. Check out our list of recommended places nearby to celebrate.

#BILGrad: After the day has ended, keep an eye on our Bloomsbury Institute Facebook page for your graduation photos and don’t forget to tag yourselves.

Alumni Alert: You’ll receive further communication about the network, our new course and how you can get involved very soon. Remember to pick up a free Alumni Diary which will include the course dates.  

Finally, and most importantly, enjoy! We know how incredibly hard you’ve all worked, and we want you to enjoy this momentous day. If you’ve any questions at all, please email