Your graduation day
Go through the graduation checklist well in advance of the ceremony day.
Before the ceremony
Arrival on campus
Arrive at least 90 minutes before your ceremony is due to start.
Please allow time for extremely busy morning traffic. Degree ceremonies will not be postponed and will begin at the scheduled time. No student or guest will be admitted to the Hall once the ceremony has started.
When you arrive
Be ready to enter the Great Hall 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to start.
Ensure, as a graduand, that you are in your allocated seat 15 minutes before the ceremony start time.
The graduation ceremony
A formal academic procession enters the Great Hall.
The Presiding Officer (The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor or one of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors) addresses and welcomes the students and guests in a short speech.
The Secretary to the University or another senior official announces the degree (PhD, MA, BSc, etc) and calls upon a senior member of academic staff to present graduating students for that degree.
Students are directed to the foot of the stairs, where the Key Marshal checks their names.
Students move onto the stage one by one, as their names are announced by the Presenter.
Students proceed forward to the Presiding Officer to collect their certificate and shake hands. The student is now a graduate of the University of Leeds.
Graduates turn left, exit the stage and are directed to their seat.
When all graduates have received their degrees the Presiding Officer declares the congregation closed, and the academic party recesses out of the Hall.
Graduates follow the procession as directed by the Key Marshals, who lead them out of the Great Hall two rows at a time.
Please be aware that the ceremony is recorded for DVD production and the Webcast. There may be a photographer or filmmaker present during and after the ceremony and these images may be used for publicity and marketing purposes to promote the University. Please contact a member of staff on the day if you wish to be exempted from this activity