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 Michael Sadler Building. Guests can't collect their own guest ticket.

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 guests don't have a ticket, they can watch a live feed of the ceremony in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre in the Michael Sadler Building, in The Terrace Bar and in The Old Bar in theLeeds University Union Building.

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.      

Baby changing facilities

The following locations have baby-changing facilities.

  • Disabled toilet in the Great Hall
  • Disabled toilet near the Terrace bar in the Leeds University Union Building.
  • Disabled toilet in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building (level 10), near Cafe Maia.

Guests from overseas

If you are a guest coming from overseas, you may need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

Registered students will need to get a registration status certificate from the Student Services Centre counter. This is free for registered students. Non registered students will need to apply for a statement letter to support their visa application.