Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies

If you are completing your Masters or BA (Hons) degree in autumn 2018, please find information below regarding your graduation ceremony on Thursday 29 November 2018.

If you are completing your BA (Hons) degree in June 2019 then you will be invited to your graduation ceremony taking place on Thursday 4 July 2019. Ceremony details and how to book will be released in February 2019.

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Graduation Ceremony Thursday 29 November 2018


If you have successfully completed your MA or BA (Hons) degree in autumn 2018 then you are invited to your graduation ceremony.

The ceremony is a special occasion where you can formally celebrate all of the hard work that you put into achieving your degree. It will be an event that you, your family, course friends and tutors can remember for many years to come.

When and where

Your graduation ceremony will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 29 November 2018 in The Bankers Hall, Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds LS1 2JP.

Aspire is an imposing and opulently styled building, rich with historic interest. It is the former head office for the Yorkshire Penny Bank that opened in 1894 and was designed by GB Bulmer.

Timings for the ceremony


Collect your gown and have your photograph taken. You and your guests are invited to join us for a complimentary breakfast. 


All graduates and guests need to arrive by this time.


Your Graduation Ceremony.


Join us for a celebratory drinks reception. 


Ceremony finishes.

How to book

Booking is open from Thursday 20 September until Thursday 15 November 2018.

To confirm that you are coming to the ceremony you need to book your tickets, gowns and photography through specialist graduation company Ede & Ravenscroft.

You can either book online at www.gownhire.co.uk or over the phone on 01223 861 854, lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, note that you receive a discount for booking online.

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


The gown costs £52 to hire. Photography packages start from £30. Guest tickets are free.

You don’t need to pay for the gown and photography in one transaction. You can buy each item separately when you have the money available, as long as it is all booked and paid for by Thursday 15 November.


Each graduate is offered their ticket and guest tickets free of charge, and you can reserve up to five guest tickets. To avoid disappointment we suggest that you reserve these guest tickets on the Ede & Ravenscroft system without delay.

If you require more than five guest tickets please email graduation@leeds-art.ac.uk.

Tickets will not be sent in the post but will be available for collection at Aspire on the day.


To be eligible to attend the ceremony you need to have successfully completed your MA or BA (Hons) degree in autumn 2018.

Dress code

To participate in the ceremony you must wear the Leeds Arts University gown as supplied by Ede & Ravenscroft. MA graduates wear a gown with a blue hood and BA (Hons) graduates wear a gown with a 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.

If you have any further questions about the ceremony email graduation@leeds-art.ac.uk or call 0113 202 8152 or visit our website for more information about what to expect on the day.