Summer Graduation 6 & 7 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that our graduation ceremonies will take place on 6 & 7 July 2021 in Leeds Town Hall, and graduates can choose to attend in person or online. We are committed to delivering a special and memorable graduation ceremony where you feel safe to attend in person or valued and excited to join online.

2021 Graduation Ceremony

What to expect

If you choose to attend the ceremony in person we appreciate some of you may feel cautious to attend a large event. To make the event as safe as possible we are holding six smaller ceremonies so everyone is very well spaced within the Town Hall. Again, as a safety measure to reduce mingling before and after the ceremony, your gown will be posted to your address and there won’t be a drinks reception. Instead of a drinks reception you will receive a gift bag to take away.

If you choose to attend the ceremony online you will join the live ceremony via Zoom. You will be able to watch the ceremony and then as your name is read out to receive your degree the live video stream from your computer will be displayed on a screen on the stage in Leeds Town Hall. The audience will be able to see your face and you will be able to hear them clap and congratulate you.

Ceremony dates and times

Each course has been allocated to attend a specific ceremony.

12pm Tuesday 6 July

  • BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication

3pm Tuesday 6 July

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance

6pm Tuesday 6 July

  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design

12pm Wednesday 7 July

  • BA (Hons) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design

3pm Wednesday 7 July

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
  • BA (Hons) Illustration

6pm Wednesday 7 July

  • BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking

How to book

Booking opens at 9am on Monday 24 May and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 15 June.

Click here to book your ceremony via Ede & Ravenscroft.

Book the following items with Ede & Ravenscroft:

  • Confirm whether you want to attend in person or online.
  • Gown, hood & hat (Ede & Ravenscroft will send it to you and it will arrive on 28/29 June)
  • Two free guest tickets (in person graduates only)
  • Professional photography (in person graduates only)

You will need to create an Ede & Ravenscroft account online or over the phone using your full name and student ID number. Your student ID number, found on your student card, is six numbers long; please do not include your initials.

We appreciate you maybe unsure whether to attend in person or online or which address you want the gown delivered, you have until 5pm Tuesday 15 June to make these decisions. If you have not booked by this date or you have supplied the incorrect postal address we will be unable to deliver your gown before the ceremony.

Please disregard any notes on the Ede & Ravenscroft website that reference collecting your gown from the venue on the day.

Gown, hood & hat

As a graduation gift from the University the gown, hood & hat hire is free of charge. We ask you to take good care of them and return them to Ede & Ravenscroft within 7 days after the ceremony. The gown will be supplied with a green postage bag and a pre-paid UPS postage label. To return it drop the parcel at a UPS drop-off location, click here to find your closest location.

To get the correct hat size take extra care measuring the circumference of your head to ensure your hat fits you well. Take the measurement 2.5cm above your above your eyebrows.

The gown will be delivered on Monday 28 or Tuesday 29 June to UK addresses. The gown will be posted to international addresses, we cannot guarantee the delivery date but aim to get it there in time for the ceremony.

You will be asked to submit your delivery address again when you book your gown, hood & hat with Ede & Ravenscroft. Make sure you enter the correct delivery address in the Ede & Ravenscroft website as they will send the gown directly to you.

On the day of your ceremony dress in your gown, hood & hat before you arrive at the venue. We hope you enjoy wearing them, the crimson hood was designed by a BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate and it is completely unique to Leeds Arts University. 


Graduates attending in person can buy a professional photography package from Ede & Ravenscroft, packages start from £30. Special photography studios will open in our Vernon Street building, and you can book a 15 minute slot on the Ede & Ravenscroft website for you and your guests to have your picture taken.

Graduates attending online can buy Leeds Arts University branded photo mounts from Ede & Ravenscroft, email

Guest Tickets

Graduates attending the ceremony in person can book two free guest tickets.

This year there will not be any extra guest tickets and guest tickets from graduates not attending will not be redistributed. Our priority in the pandemic is to produce a safe event and that means keeping the audience to a minimum.

Ede & Ravenscroft will issue etickets and guests must show these tickets to enter the Town Hall.

Guests without tickets can watch the ceremony live on YouTube.


To be eligible to attend the ceremony you need to have successfully completed your undergraduate degree by June 2021 and had your outcome ratified by the June Final Examination and Progression Board.

If you have resit requirements, or submission extensions which mean your final degree is not confirmed in June, you will be invited to the winter graduation ceremony on successful completion of your course.


Government restrictions

We have yet to decide if masks will be requested to be worn and we may request guests to have taken a Lateral Flow Test prior to the event, this will be decided nearer the time and will be based on Government guidance.

As ever government restrictions due to the pandemic are very fluid. We sincerely hope to deliver the graduation in person however we will respond to the external environment and reserve the right to move the ceremony to online only if required.