On the day

Your graduation ceremony is a special time for you to recognise and celebrate your achievement and hard work.

Here's a run down of what you can expect to happen on the day itself. 

Arriving on campus

We recommend you arrive 90 minutes before the ceremony start time.

Please allow plenty of time for extremely busy morning traffic. Unfortunately we can't postpone degree ceremonies; they must begin at the scheduled time. We also cannot admit students or guests to the Great Hall once the ceremony has begun.

When you arrive

Collect your tickets

Collect your tickets and your guest tickets from the ticket desk in the Student Union Building.

You will need to bring some form of photo ID, such as your student card, with you. No one can enter the Great Hall without a ticket.

Collect your gown

Collect your gown from the Student Union Building. We recommend you arrive 90 minutes before the ceremony start time. You return your gown to the same place after the ceremony.

Before the ceremony

You need to be ready to enter the Great Hall via the Baines Wing 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. Ede and Ravenscroft will be on hand to check you are in the correct academic dress as you enter the Hall. You should be in your allocated seat 15 minutes before the ceremony starts.

The ceremony procedure

A formal academic procession will enter the Great Hall.

The Presiding Officer (The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor or one of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors) will address and welcome all students and guests in a short speech.

The Secretary to the University or another senior official will announce the degree type (for example, PhD, MA, BSc, BA) and will call upon a senior member of academic staff to present graduating students for that degree.

When it comes to your degree, you will be directed to the foot of the stage stairs, where the Key Marshal will check your name. When the presenter announces your name, you will move onto the stage and proceed forward to the presiding officer to collect your certificate and shake hands.

At this point, you will become a graduate of the University of Leeds.

You then turn left, exit the stage and return to your seat.

When all graduates have received their degrees the Presiding Officer will declare the congregation closed, and the academic party will recess out of the Hall.

You will follow the procession as directed by the Key Marshals, who lead you all out of the Great Hall two rows at a time.

Parents and guests

If guests have joined you for your graduation ceremony, make sure they know what to expect on the day so things run smoothly.

All our degree ceremonies take place on campus in the Great Hall, a building of great importance and historic value.

Guest tickets

All our guests will need a ticket to enter the Great Hall - no one will be allowed in without one.

Students need to collect their tickets and their guests tickets from the ticket desk in the Student Union Building. Guests can't collect their own guest ticket.

Guests entering the Great Hall

Guests should be ready to enter the Great Hall 30 minutes before the ceremony start time. Please queue along the Baines Wing. Guest seating is not numbered and portering staff in the Great Hall will show you to a seat.

Watching a live feed

If you want to bring more than two people to your graduation day but don't have any extra tickets, your extra guests can watch a live feed of your ceremony in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre.

Live screenings will also be shown in the Old Bar in the Students Union which is not ticketed. 

A live feed of the ceremony is available online for free.  All webcasts are archived after the event.    

Guests with young children

All guests need a ticket to the Great Hall even if they are attending with young children.

A sit on knee ticket can be obtained by the ticket desk for children aged 5 years and under. 

Children aged over 5 years will require a guest ticket as per every other guest attending a graduation ceremony.  Please see the tickets page for information.      

The University is a family-friendly campus - see our information on facilities and access routes around campus for families with young children.