Due to the Covid-19 crisis the graduation ceremony for those completing their BA (Hons) degree in summer 2020 has been postponed until Monday 7 December and Tuesday 8 December. We are currently working on ceremony timings and will be in touch as soon as possible to let students know which day their ceremony will take place. Please bear with us during this difficult time.

Your graduation 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. At the ceremony you will be addressed by a prominent keynote speaker, the Vice-Chancellor will present you with your degree certificate on stage and afterwards you are invited to join us for a celebratory glass of bubbly.

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

2020 Graduation Ceremony


Your graduation ceremony will take place on either Monday 7 December or Tuesday 8 December 2020. We are having three ceremonies and your course will allocated to attend a specific ceremony on one of the two days.

The ceremony will be held at the Royal Armouries

Ceremony timings

Due to the Covid-19 crisis we have had to postpone the 2020 graduation ceremony, therefore we are currently working on new ceremony structure and timings. We will be in contact with all students as soon as possible to let them know which ceremony they will be attending, along with the day and timings.

How to book

If you have already booked your gown and photography, we will be in touch very soon to update you. We are hoping that we will be able to transfer your booking across to the new ceremony on either Monday 7 December or Tuesday 8 December.

Booking is open until Friday 12 June 2020.

To confirm that you are coming to the ceremony you need to book your ticket, guest tickets, gown and photography through specialist graduation company Ede & Ravenscroft. See the booking check list for the services they offer including costs and our suggested booking dates.

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. Please note that you receive a discount for booking online.

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.


  • Your graduate ticket and two guest tickets are free
  • Extra guest tickets cost £10 each
  • The gown costs £45 to hire online or £50 over the phone
  • Photography packages start from £30

You don’t need to pay for your guest tickets, 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 Friday 12 June.


Each graduate is allocated their ticket and two guest tickets free of charge. In addition you can also buy up to six extra guest tickets priced at £10 each. These tickets are limited and are likely to sell out. These tickets are reserved at www.gownhire.co.uk this is the same website you use to reserve your gown and photography.

Tickets will not be sent in the post but will be available for collection at the Royal Armouries on the day of graduation.

If you require more than six extra guest tickets, please email graduation@leeds-art.ac.uk and your request will be added to a waiting list for spare tickets. Any additional tickets will be confirmed after the booking deadline has passed on Friday 12 June.


To be eligible to attend the ceremony you need to have successfully completed your BA (Hons) degree in June 2020.

We understand that we are asking you to book your attendance at the ceremony before you know if you have successfully completed your degree. If you don’t pass your degree in June you will be able to get a full refund from Ede & Ravenscroft. If you have extenuating circumstances which means you can’t submit work for the June exam board you may still be invited to the ceremony or be able to claim a refund. Please note these refunds need to be claimed at least seven days prior days to the graduation ceremony.

Dress code

To participate in the ceremony you must wear the Leeds Arts University gown as supplied by Ede & Ravenscroft, the gown is black with a deep red patterned hood (pictured below).

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.

2019 Graduation Ceremony Films & Photographs

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