Ceremony details

Please check the timings for your ceremony carefully. You should allow time to collect your academic dress and ensure you and your guests arrive at De Montfort Hall in plenty of time for your ceremony. The Hall is in walking distance. Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk there from the University.

When you arrive at De Montfort Hall, you must check in via the Graduand’s Entrance, where you will be given your ticket. You must take your seat when you have checked in.

If you have personal belongings that your guests can’t look after, please put them in the cloakroom at De Montfort Hall; there is a £1.00 charge for this. Access to the cloakroom is via the Guest’s Entrance at the front of the Hall.

For security and space reasons, luggage or other large personal items should not be brought to the Hall. Any such items brought to the venue will be placed under an awning outside the Hall. This will be supervised, but storage is at the owner’s risk and neither the Hall nor the University can accept responsibility for any loss or damage.

A schedule is given for each ceremony. Congratulations and enjoy your day!

11.00am ceremony

From 8.00am

Pick up your gown from Ede and Ravenscroft located in Queen’s Hall in the Percy Gee Building

If you have time have your photo taken at Tempest Photography in the O2 Academy Percy Gee Building

10.00am

Register at De Montfort Hall, collect your ticket and sit down.

Note: you must register by 10.45am. If you are late you may not be able to enter the hall

11.00am

Ceremony starts

12.30pm

Ceremony ends

If you have not done so have your photo taken at Tempest Photography in the O2 Academy Percy Gee Building

Return gown to Ede and Ravenscroft located in Queen’s Hall in the Percy Gee Building by 6.00 pm.

3.00pm ceremony

If you are attending a Departmental Reception prior to your ceremony, please collect your gown beforehand and ensure you leave in plenty of time to complete registration/take your seat at De Montfort Hall.

12.00pm

Pick up your gown from Ede and Ravenscroft located in Queen’s Hall in the Percy Gee Building.

If you have time have your photo taken at Tempest Photography in the O2 Academy Percy Gee Building.

2.00pm

Register at De Montfort Hall, collect your ticket and sit down.

Note: you must register by 2.45pm. If you are late you may not be able to enter the hall.

3.00pm

Ceremony starts

4.30pm

Ceremony ends

Return gown to Ede and Ravenscroft located in Queen’s Hall in the Percy Gee Building by 6.00pm.

 

What happens during the ceremony

  • You will be asked to stand when the academic procession enters De Montfort Hall.
  • The National Anthem is sung and the Chancellor will make an opening speech.
  • The Registrar will ask you to stand as a group when it is time for you to be presented.
  • The Chancellor will say “By the authority of the Senate, I admit candidates both present and absent to the several degrees for which they are presented”.
  • Then you will sit down and you will be asked to go on the stage a row at a time. The order will be the same as the order printed in the programme.
  • Please leave programmes, paper and belongings on your seat and carry your mortarboard in your left hand.

  • When your name is called out by the Head of College, please walk to the Chancellor or the President and Vice-Chancellor, shake his right hand and leave the stage. If for cultural reasons you do not wish to shake hands, pause in front of the Chancellor and give a small bow. 
  • The Chancellor or President and Vice-Chancellor will shake your hand. If you are a Doctoral student or prize winner he will say a few words.
  • The taking of ‘selfies’ on stage is not permitted, and you must also not create photo opportunities on stage by hugging or in any other way intruding on the personal space of any of the officiating officers. 

  • Once all the degrees have been conferred there will be a closing speech by the Chancellor and the congregation is declared closed.
  • Please stand while the academic procession leaves the De Montfort and do not not leave the auditorium.
  • Once the procession has left, please sit down and wait to receive your degree certificate

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Checklist

Use this graduation checklist to make sure that you have done everything you need to do before the ceremony, and know what to do on the day.

Contact Us

If you have any general enquiries about your graduation please contact the Registry on 0116 252 2448 or graduation@le.ac.uk