Thursday 5 July 2018 - Leeds Town Hall

We look forward to seeing you at your graduation ceremony next week. Please find more information below. 

If you have any further questions about the ceremony email graduation@leeds-art.ac.uk or call 0113 202 8152.

Further information

Which ceremony am I attending?

Your graduation ceremony is on Thursday 5 July 2018. You will collect your gown and have your photograph taken in our Vernon Street building and the actual ceremony is held in Leeds Town Hall.

We are having two ceremonies and your course is allocated to attend either Ceremony One or Ceremony Two.

Ceremony One 10.45am

  • BA (Hons) Fashion
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication 

Ceremony Two 2.45pm

  • BA (Hons) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Photography 

It is not possible to change which ceremony you are allocated to attend.

Ceremony One 10.45am

The Day in Brief

All graduates start their day in our Vernon Street building, this is where you collect your tickets, gown and have your photograph taken. Afterwards you need to go to Leeds Town Hall for your actual graduation ceremony. See the map for more information.

8.30am - 10.00am

Collect tickets, gown and have your photograph taken in Vernon Street

9.30am

Town Hall opens for guests to take their seats in the Victoria Hall

10.30am

All graduates and guests must take their seat in the Town Hall by this time

10.45am - 12.00pm

Your graduation ceremony

12.00pm - 1.30pm

Drinks reception in the Town Hall

What do I do from 8.30am to 10.00am?

You start the day in our Vernon Street building. This is where you collect your tickets, gown and have your photograph taken. Please allow at least 60-90 minutes for this.

Refreshments are served in Vernon Street for all graduates and guests.

Where do I collect my tickets?

Your graduate ticket, two free guest tickets and any extra guest tickets you have purchased will be available for collection in the ground floor reception of our Vernon Street building. If you want to check how many guest tickets you have please login to www.gownhire.co.uk to see your order.

Your guests are welcome to accompany you to Vernon Street as you do not need a ticket to access the building. All guests and graduates will need a ticket to enter the Town Hall.

If your guests aren’t going to accompany you to Vernon Street you can collect their tickets and meet them outside the Town Hall.

Where do I collect my gown?

All gowns are collected from the first floor in Vernon Street. Specialist gown hire company Ede & Ravenscroft will be there to fit your gown correctly. We ask that graduates only wait in the queue to collect the gown, guests can wait in the first floor refreshments lounge.

What should I wear?

The gown you will wear is black with a crimson red hood. Graduation is a formal occasion so we ask that you dress smartly. You will find it useful to wear a buttoned shirt or blouse to which the academic hood can be fastened. You will probably find that hairgrips are useful to secure your mortar. We recommend wearing ‘sensible shoes’, as you will be asked to collect your degree from the stage, which is accessed by a number of steps.

Where do I have my photograph taken?

Photography is located on the second floor in Vernon Street. Ede & Ravenscroft also manage the photography.

We ask that only graduates and guests who are having their photograph taken wait in the photography queue, other guests can wait in the second floor refreshments lounge.

If there isn’t enough time before your ceremony you can come back to have your photograph taken after the ceremony.

What do I do from 10.00am to 10.30am?

All graduates and guests must take their seat in the Town Hall by 10.30am.

The doors to the Town Hall will be open from 9.30am and you are welcome to make your way over once you have collected your tickets, gown and had your photograph taken.

The Town Hall is a five minute walk across Millennium Square and our student ambassadors will be lining the route to point you in the right direction.

Enter the Town Hall via the flight of broad stone stairs on the Headrow.

Once you have arrived you need to take your seat. Graduates sit in a labelled seat at the front of the hall, it is essential that you sit in the seat we have allocated to you so that you receive the correct degree certificate on stage. Guest seating is unreserved to the left, right and rear of the hall and on the balcony, the balcony is accessed via stairs and a lift.

If your guests are disabled or have limited mobility we recommend that they sit in the main hall, not the balcony. There is space for wheel chair users at the front of the hall, ask one of the ushers to guide you there.

What do I do from 10.45am to 12.00pm?

Your ceremony starts at 10.45am. During the ceremony you will be addressed by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Wonnacott, Students’ Union President Joe Cox, and our keynote speaker Darryl Cunningham.

To receive your degree you will walk across the stage, shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor and receive your certificate, then walk to the other side of the stage and return to your seat. The stage is accessed by seven steps with a handrail, please get in touch if you foresee any problems accessing the stage.

The ceremony will be filmed and a free recording will be available online the week following the event.

What do I do from 12.00pm to 1.30pm?

After the ceremony you and your guests are invited to join us for a celebratory glass of bubbly. Drinks will be served from the Albert Room and outside at the front of the Town Hall. Also outside there will be a traditional fairground horse carousel that we invite everyone to enjoy – the carousel is free. There will also be music and an ice-cream van (with vegan options) for you to purchase.

What do I do by 5.30pm?

If you didn’t manage to have your photograph taken before the ceremony please have your photograph taken and return your gown to Vernon Street by 5.30pm.

What do I do from 7.00pm?

Your Students’ Union has organised a Leeds Arts University Class of ’18 Graduation Reception from 7-11pm in the event space in Headrow House, the event is open to graduates and their guests. Please see the Leeds Arts Union Facebook event page for details.

Travel Information

There isn’t any parking in Vernon Street or the Town Hall.

If you are travelling by car there are a number of multi-story car parks within five minute walk and some pay-and-display on-street parking around the Town Hall. If you are arriving by coach or train the Town Hall is about ten minute walk from both stations. See the map for more information.

Disabled Access

The main entrance to Leeds Town Hall is accessed via a flight of broad stone stairs. Disabled access is situated at street level to the right hand side of the main entrance, please take the lift to the first floor to gain access to the main hall.

There is very limited disabled parking at Leeds Town Hall so we recommend using the collection and drop off area outside the Town Hall if anyone in your party has limited mobility.

Ceremony Two 2.45pm

The Day in Brief

All graduates start their day in our Vernon Street building, this is where you collect your tickets, gown and have your photograph taken. Afterwards you need to go to Leeds Town Hall for your actual graduation ceremony. See the map for more information.

11.30am - 2.00pm

Collect tickets, gown and have your photograph taken in Vernon Street

1.45pm

Town Hall opens for guests to take their seats in the Victoria Hall

2.30pm

All graduates and guests must take their seat in the Town Hall by this time

2.45pm - 4.00pm

Your graduation ceremony

4.00pm - 5.30pm

Drinks reception in the Town Hall

What do I do from 11.30am to 2.00pm?

You start the day in our Vernon Street building. This is where you collect your tickets, gown and have your photograph taken. Please allow at least 60-90 minutes for this.

Refreshments are served in Vernon Street for all graduates and guests.

Where do I collect my tickets?

Your graduate ticket, two free guest tickets and any extra guest tickets you have purchased will be available for collection in the ground floor reception of our Vernon Street building. If you want to check how many guest tickets you have please login to www.gownhire.co.uk to see your order.

Your guests are welcome to accompany you to Vernon Street as you do not need a ticket to access the building. All guests and graduates will need a ticket to enter the Town Hall.

If your guests aren’t going to accompany you to Vernon Street you can collect their tickets and meet them outside the Town Hall.

Where do I collect my gown?

All gowns are collected from the first floor in Vernon Street. Specialist gown hire company Ede & Ravenscroft will be there to fit your gown correctly. We ask that graduates only wait in the queue to collect the gown, guests can wait in the first floor refreshments lounge.

What should I wear?

The gown you will wear is black with a crimson red hood. Graduation is a formal occasion so we ask that you dress smartly. You will find it useful to wear a buttoned shirt or blouse to which the academic hood can be fastened. You will probably find that hairgrips are useful to secure your mortar. We recommend wearing ‘sensible shoes’, as you will be asked to collect your degree from the stage, which is accessed by a number of steps.

Where do I have my photograph taken?

Photography is located on the second floor in Vernon Street. Ede & Ravenscroft also manage the photography.

We ask that only graduates and guests who are having their photograph taken wait in the photography queue, other guests can wait in the second floor refreshments lounge.

If there isn’t enough time before your ceremony you can come back to have your photograph taken after the ceremony.

What do I do from 2.00pm to 2.30pm?

All graduates and guests must take their seat in the Town Hall by 2.30pm.

The doors to the Town Hall will be open from 1.45pm and you are welcome to make your way over once you have collected your tickets, gown and had your photograph taken.

The Town Hall is a five minute walk across Millennium Square and our student ambassadors will be lining the route to point you in the right direction.

Enter the Town Hall via the flight of broad stone stairs on the Headrow.

Once you have arrived you need to take your seat. Graduates sit in a labelled seat at the front of the hall, it is essential that you sit in the seat we have allocated to you so that you receive the correct degree certificate on stage. Guest seating is unreserved to the left, right and rear of the hall and on the balcony, the balcony is accessed via stairs and a lift.

If your guests are disabled or have limited mobility we recommend that they sit in the main hall, not the balcony. There is space for wheel chair users at the front of the hall, ask one of the ushers to guide you there.

What do I do from 2.45pm to 4.00pm?

Your ceremony starts at 2.45pm. During the ceremony you will be addressed by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Wonnacott, Students’ Union President Joe Cox, and our keynote speaker Darryl Cunningham.

To receive your degree you will walk across the stage, shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor and receive your certificate, then walk to the other side of the stage and return to your seat. The stage is accessed by seven steps with a handrail, please get in touch if you foresee any problems accessing the stage.

The ceremony will be filmed and a free recording will be available online the week following the event.

What do I do from 4.00pm to 5.30pm?

After the ceremony you and your guests are invited to join us for a celebratory glass of bubbly. Drinks will be served from the Albert Room and outside at the front of the Town Hall. Also outside there will be a traditional fairground horse carousel that we invite everyone to enjoy – the carousel is free. There will also be music and an ice-cream van (with vegan options) for you to purchase.

What do I do by 5.30pm?

If you didn’t manage to have your photograph taken before the ceremony please have your photograph taken and return your gown to Vernon Street by 5.30pm.

What do I do from 7.00pm?

Your Students’ Union has organised a Leeds Arts University Class of ’18 Graduation Reception from 7-11pm in the event space in Headrow House, the event is open to graduates and their guests. Please see the Leeds Arts Union Facebook event page for details.

Travel Information

There isn’t any parking in Vernon Street or the Town Hall.

If you are travelling by car there are a number of multi-story car parks within five minute walk and some pay-and-display on-street parking around the Town Hall. If you are arriving by coach or train the Town Hall is about ten minute walk from both stations. See the map for more information.

Disabled Access

The main entrance to Leeds Town Hall is accessed via a flight of broad stone stairs. Disabled access is situated at street level to the right hand side of the main entrance, please take the lift to the first floor to gain access to the main hall.

There is very limited disabled parking at Leeds Town Hall so we recommend using the collection and drop off area outside the Town Hall if anyone in your party has limited mobility.

Dress code

To participate in the ceremony you must wear the Leeds Arts University gown as supplied by Ede & Ravenscroft. Graduation is a formal occasion so we ask that you dress smartly. You will find it useful to wear a buttoned shirt or blouse to which the academic hood can be fastened. You will probably find that hairgrips are useful to secure your mortar. We recommend wearing 'sensible shoes', as you will be asked to collect your degree from the stage which is accessed by a number of steps.

Travel information

If you are travelling by car there are a number of multi-story car parks within five minutes' walk and some pay-and-display on-street parking around the Town Hall. If you are arriving by coach or train the Town Hall is about ten minutes' walk from both stations.

See our map for more information

Disabled access

The main entrance to Leeds Town Hall is accessed via a flight of broad stone stairs. Disabled access is situated at street level to the right hand side of the main entrance, please take the lift to the first floor.

The disabled viewing area is at the front left of the hall, for ease we recommend asking one of the ushers to guide you to this area. To ensure we have enough space available for wheel chair users please let us know if anyone in your party would like to use the disabled viewing area.

There is very limited disabled parking at Leeds Town Hall so we recommend using the collection and drop off area outside the Town Hall if anyone in your party has limited mobility.