Graduation

First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY
Entry£20
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Please telephone 0113 222 3434 to purchase any additional tickets for the ceremony

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 the First Direct Arena.

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 her representative, at the ceremony.

Student CRM

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 £20 each. We will contact you after the closing date on Friday 5 July 2019 to confirm your allocation.

Tickets are ordered online through the Ede & Ravenscroft website. You will need to select Leeds College of Music as your Institution and provide your Student ID Number (XXX00000000), Surname and Email Address.

Accessibility

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

The First Direct Arena has been designed to be accessible to everyone; please visit their website for more information.

Ticket collection

Your guest tickets will be available for you to pick up when you arrive at the First Direct Arena from 9:00AM on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Order deadlines

Gown hire: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Tickets: Friday 5 July 2019

Contact

If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: graduation@lcm.ac.uk.

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 & 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.

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 & Ravenscroft who set up a studio in the First Direct Arena. 

Gowns and photography are ordered online through the Ede & Ravenscroft website. You will need to select Leeds College of Music as your Institution and provide your Student ID Number (XXX00000000), Surname and Email Address.

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 First Direct Arena on the day of the ceremony and a member of the Ede & Ravenscroft team will be on hand to help you with robing.

Prices for gown, hood and cap

£45 Foundation Degree, BA
£51 MMus

Please order 21 days (Wednesday 3 July 2019) 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 & Ravenscroft. (Leeds College of Music is not responsible for pricing and terms and conditions of hire/sale).

What do I wear underneath my gown?

Please dress smartly. 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 First Direct Arena 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.

Order deadlines

Gown hire: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Tickets: Friday 5 July 2019

Contact

If you have any questions about Graduation, please email: graduation@lcm.ac.uk.

First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena is the major entertainment venue located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds, hosting live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events.

Voted Best New Venue in the World 2014 at the Stadium Business Awards, First Direct Arena has played host to some incredible artists since opening in September 2013, including Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Sports Personality of the Year, Gary Barlow, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Le Tour De France Grand Depart, John Bishop, Championship Boxing, Queen + Adam Lambert, Fleetwood Mac, Premier League Darts, Neil Young, Bette Midler, Drake, Morrissey, The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, The MOBO Awards, and Mumford and Sons.

The Arena’s unique "super theatre" style configuration is designed to enhance the arena experience, with all seats facing the stage and high quality acoustics providing the best sound experience in the UK. Spectators and performers alike, will enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances inside the 13,000 capacity venue.

First Direct Arena is operated by SMG Europe, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development.

Finding your way around the Arena

Car parking

There are over 7,500 car parking spaces within a 15 minute walk of the arena. The arena doesn't have it's own car park however there are lots of options nearby.

Q-Park offers first direct arena visitors exclusive discounted parking at a number of car parks within the city.

Woodhouse Lane Car Park, located on Woodhouse Lane, offers 1272 spaces and easy access to the ring road at the end of the show.

Merrion Centre Car Park, located on Merrion Way is adjacent to the Arena. It is our closest car park however visitors may experience delays leaving this location due to traffic restrictions on Merrion Way.

Accessibility

The First Direct Arena has been designed to be accessible to everyone; please visit their website for more information.

Contact

If you have any questions about graduation, please email: graduation@lcm.ac.uk.

First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY
Entry£20
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