Graduation 2017

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD
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This section of the website provides you with details of the forthcoming Graduation Ceremony on Friday 28 July 2017 at 2.00pm in Leeds Town Hall. 

You will find useful information about what to do now, such as ordering tickets for you and your guests, gown hire and photography, and information about what happens on the day, for example, timings and how to find Leeds Town Hall. 

All graduating students are referred to as 'graduands' at this stage, as you don't officially graduate until your degree has been conferred upon you by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, or his representative, at the ceremony. 

If you weren't able to attend in person, you can watch the ceremony live during the event, or catch up afterwards with our live stream from Leeds Town Hall.

Watch 2017 Graduation Live or Catch Up Here

See our Flickr slideshow of last year's Graduation below. Photos by Tom Arber.

We need to know in advance if you are planning to attend your Graduation Ceremony in person or not (Graduation in absentia), so that we can ensure the seating plan is correct and the Ceremony can run smoothly. 

Each graduand is automatically entitled to two free guest tickets. Additional guest tickets are charged at a cost of £6 each. We will contact you after the closing date on Friday 30 June 2017 to confirm your allocation. 

It is really important that you complete the online booking form, even if you decide not to attend the Ceremony, as we need confirmation of your address to post your certificate.

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If you have any guests who have access requirements, please let us know, so that we can allocate guest tickets with suitable accessibility. 

There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall and wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities on all floors. A number of spaces in the seating area are reserved for wheelchair users. There is no parking, although there is a dropping-off area at the front of the Town Hall.

Ticket collection

Your guest tickets will be available for you to pick up when you arrive at Leeds Town Hall from 9.00am on Friday 28 July 2017.


If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: 

All graduating students are required to wear academic dress. This is specific to your course and the institution and you should order this online now. The dress code for Graduation is smart/formal. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have ordered the correct gowns for your ceremony through the official outfitters, Ede and Ravenscroft. Since this is a formal Ceremony, you will not be allowed to graduate in the Ceremony if you are not wearing the correct academic dress, and there will be no exceptions to this.

Order your gown and photography


You have the opportunity to have professional photographs taken in your academic dress on the day of the Ceremony. Our official photography partner is Ede and Ravenscroft who set up a studio in the Town Hall. 

Gowns and photography are ordered online through the Ede and Ravenscroft website. You will need to select Leeds College of Music as your Institution and provide your Student ID Number and Surname. Subsequently, select the date of your Ceremony using the online form. You will then be asked to set up an account, enter details of your degree and provide your appropriate measurements. Gowns are delivered to the Town Hall on the day of the Ceremony and a member of the Ede and Ravenscroft team will be on hand to help you with robing.

Order your gown and photography

Prices for gown, hood and cap

£45.00 Foundation Degree, BA
£51.00 PGDip, MA, MMus

Please order 21 days before the Ceremony to avoid disappointment. Be aware that if you do not order online in advance you will have to pay substantially more for an outfit on the day. Stock cannot be guaranteed on the day as gowns are strictly available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Gown hire and photography is provided by third-party company Ede and Ravenscroft. (Leeds College of Music is not responsible for pricing and terms and conditions of hire/sale).

What do I wear underneath my gown?

For male graduands this should be a shirt, tie, smart trousers and shoes (not trainers). For female graduands we recommend blouses, skirts, trousers, or formal dresses and shoes. International students who would like to wear their own national dress are very welcome to do so. Please note denim should not be worn. Any graduand who does not comply with the dress code may not be admitted to the Ceremony. 

On the day of Graduation you may find that it takes time to become familiar with wearing your gown, hood and cap. It is important that the rest of your clothing and footwear are comfortable. During the Ceremony you will be required to walk up and down stairs within the Town Hall to be presented. We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable footwear. If you will be wearing high heels or dress shoes with shiny soles, please ensure you feel confident wearing them to walk up and down stairs.


If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: 


About Leeds town hall

Leeds Town Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and was built by Cuthbert Brodrick after a competition to build the Town Hall was held in 1852. The Town Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 and is home to an impressive 3-manual organ, the largest of its kind in Europe, built by Gray and Davidson. 

Address and location

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD 

Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. 

It takes about five minutes to walk from Leeds City Train Station and approximately 10 minutes from the bus station. A bus service operates between the Train Station and the Town Hall, see the West Yorkshire Metro website. 

Leeds Town Hall is approximately a 10 minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways. 

Car parking

The nearest car park to the Town Hall is the 24 hour secure car park in The Light accessible via Great George Street. We advise if travelling by car to leave as much time as possible for parking. 


A number of free parking spaces are reserved for blue badge-holders at the front of the Town Hall. Details of how to request a free parking space will be sent out in July. 

Access to the hall is through the doorway at pavement level directly by these spaces. There is a lift to all floors and accessible toilets on the ground and first floors. A number of spaces in the seating area are reserved for wheelchair users. A closed loop system for the hard of hearing is in operation at Leeds Town Hall. 


There are many restaurants and bars in the vicinity of Leeds Town Hall.


If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: 

Registration and collection of guest tickets

This will take place in the main entrance foyer of the Town Hall from 9.00am. Please enter by the main steps at the front of the building. 


This will take place in the Crypt between 9.30am and 1.00pm. You are welcome to arrive any time between these hours. Gowns should be returned to the Crypt following the Ceremony. 


The photography studios will also be open from 9.30am and the reception desk will be in the Victoria Reception. The studios will be situated in the Cohen, Corson and Reed Rooms across the corridor. The photography studios will also remain open after the Ceremony for a short period. 

Please note that there are no refreshments available prior to the Ceremony in the Town Hall. 

To avoid congestion we would ask that you leave the Town Hall once you have collected your gown and had your photographs taken. There are a number of restaurants and coffee shops in close proximity. 

Graduand seating

Graduands will be seated on the orchestra risers behind the stage and there will be marshals on duty to direct you to your seats. When you have received your degree you will return to your seat on the risers. Marshals will be on hand to direct you the right way. Anyone performing in the Ceremony will be notified in advance with instructions. 

Guest seating

For guests the doors of the Victoria Hall and Balcony will open at 1.15pm. We request that guests are all seated 20 minutes prior to the start of the Ceremony. There will be a pre-ceremony performance in the hall by a student ensemble for your entertainment. 

At the end of the ceremony graduates will follow the academic procession off the stage and out of the hall. Guests should remain where they have been seated until the procession has left the hall. 

After the ceremony there will be refreshments for graduates and their guests in and around the Sullivan Room. 

We anticipate that proceedings will conclude between 4.30pm and 5.00pm. Please allow time to return your gowns and exit the Town Hall when you are planning onward journeys or booking dinner. 

Finding your way around Leeds town hall

For a plan of the ground floor of the Town Hall which shows all the areas we will be using please follow this link. On the day there will also be plenty of staff around to direct you. 


Even though you will not receive your results until the beginning of July you need to complete the Graduation Booking Form to indicate whether or not you will be attending the Ceremony and how many tickets you require. 

In the unlikely event that you do not obtain your degree, you will be able to get a refund from Ede & Ravenscroft for gown hire and photography.


If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: 

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD
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