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Your guide to graduation

Your guide to graduation - Students

Plus Icon How do I get to the first direct arena?

We have been advised that there are planned protests due to take place across the city centre starting Monday 15 July at 10.00 until Friday 18 July 18:00. All travel routes into and throughout Leeds will see a significant increase in traffic, so please consider your journey carefully and allow plenty of extra time.

You should arrive at least 90 minutes before your ceremony starts. This is to ensure you have enough time for registration, gowning, photography and taking your seat. If you have not booked your place, guest tickets or gown for graduation please arrive at least 2 hours before your ceremony starts.

The first direct arena is a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Beckett University's city campus and can be reached:

  • By rail - first direct arena is a 15-20 minute walk from Leeds train station. Leeds city bus provide a free service from Leeds train station to the Merrion Centre
  • By bus -WY Metro First Group
  • By car - you can park in Leeds city centre or take advantage of the park and ride
  • By air - Leeds Bradford airport is eight miles from Leeds city centre. Travel by bus or taxi to Leeds city centre.
  • Extend your stay - Visit Leeds. A number of hotels in the city are providing exclusive offers for Graduation 2019.

Remember Leeds and surrounding areas will be busy with students from all three of the city’s universities graduating during the week, so however you travel, plan extra time for your journey, and think about your footwear.

Plus Icon Tickets and security

For your safety, security at the first direct arena will be in place. Please ensure that you have your tickets with you. Guests without a ticket will not gain access to the venue. Large bags are not permitted in the first direct arena and all guests will be subject to a search before entering.

We sent e-tickets to graduands by email in July. Please check all email accounts as well as spam or junk folders.

If you have still not received your tickets please bring your online store booking confirmation and student photo id card to present to security whilst accompanying your guests on arrival to the first direct arena.

Tickets can be presented on a mobile device or print out. If you prefer to present on a mobile device, we advise you to save this ticket pdf to your device before the day to avoid delays.

Guests and graduands will use different entrances on the day, therefore please remember to provide each of your guests with their tickets in advance of arrival at the first direct arena, whether on a mobile device or print out.

It is essential that you have this e-ticket or an approved form of identification, as listed above, available on arrival in order to gain entry to the first direct arena. No one will be allowed into the first direct arena without a valid ticket or booking confirmation. Re-entry is not permitted.

If you reserved tickets with the Events Team after the booking deadline of Friday 14 June your tickets will not be emailed to you. Instead, you will purchase and collect your tickets from the first direct arena ticket office on the day of your graduation. You will need to arrive at the first direct arena at least 2 hours before your ceremony start time. Please allow plenty of travel time.

If you have not yet registered your place or your guest tickets you can still purchase and collect your tickets from the first direct arena ticket office on the day of your graduation. Please arrive at least two hours prior to your ceremony and allow plenty of travel time.

 

Plus Icon Before you leave home

We will email you your e-tickets in early July – even if it was one of your guests who registered your place. There will be an e-ticket for you and each guest, including children under two and any carers. Everyone must have an e-ticket otherwise you won’t be allowed to enter the first direct arena.

You and your guests will use different entrances to get into the arena, so don’t forget to share your e-tickets with your guests before you get there.

Please check the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. For your safety, airport style security will be in place outside the first direct arena.

Plus Icon Travel and timings

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your guests to Graduation 2019.

We have been advised that there are planned protests due to take place across the city centre starting Monday 15 July at 10.00 until Friday 18 July 18:00. All travel routes into and throughout Leeds will see a significant increase in traffic, so please consider your journey carefully and allow plenty of extra time.

It is important that you arrive at the first direct arena at least 90 minutes before your ceremony starts. This allows enough time for registration, gowning and any official photography. There are another 500+ students graduating from your ceremony, so don’t risk coming any later, as you could be late for your ceremony which will start on time.

Plus Icon On arrival

When you arrive outside the first direct arena, university ushers and first direct staff will be on hand to direct you to where to go.

Remember to share your e-tickets with your guests, each individual needs them to enter the arena. You will use one entrance and your guests will use another.

Everyone entering the arena will be screened using airport style security before entering the arena. Food items, drinks and large bags are not allowed in the arena.

Upon entry you will be gowned and register your arrival. At registration you will be given a name card, it is important that you don’t give this to your guests or lose it, as this has your seat number on it and you pass it to the announcer as you cross the stage to graduate. If you don’t have your name card you can’t be announced, so, please make sure you keep this with you.

Once you’ve been gowned and have registered, you can then meet up with your guests on level 2, go for official photography and visit the memorabilia and food and drink stalls if you wish.

Plus Icon Your ceremony

You and your guests won’t be sitting together. Guest seating is allocated on a first-come first-served basis and people will be seated in the order they enter the auditorium. If your guest would like to sit together, they should enter the auditorium at the same time.

It is important that you sit in your allocated seat so that you are announced for the right course. Ushers and first direct arena staff will show you and your guests where to sit. Ceremonies last about 90 minutes.

Remember you won’t be able to wait on the concourse or plaza of the first direct arena after your ceremony. It is important that, before your ceremony, you arrange a meeting place with your guests in the post-celebration space in the Rose Bowl. First direct arena stewards will move you on, so it is important that you make these arrangements in advance. 

You can find other useful information in our FAQs and on the rest of our website. See you next week!

Plus Icon Graduation offers

If you're looking to stay in Leeds over the Graduation period a number of hotels and restaurants in the city are providing exclusive offers for Graduation 2019.

Your guide to graduation - Guests

Plus Icon How do I get to the first direct arena

We have been advised that there are planned protests due to take place across the city centre starting Monday 15 July at 10.00 until Friday 18 July 18:00. All travel routes into and throughout Leeds will see a significant increase in traffic, so please consider your journey carefully and allow plenty of extra time.

You should arrive at least 90 minutes before your ceremony starts. This is to ensure you have enough time for registration, gowning, photography and taking your seat. If you have not booked your place, guest tickets or gown for graduation please arrive at least 2 hours before your ceremony starts.

The first direct arena is a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Beckett University's city campus and can be reached:

  • By rail - first direct arena is a 15-20 minute walk from Leeds train station. Leeds city bus provide a free service from Leeds train station to the Merrion Centre
  • By bus -WY Metro First Group
  • By car - you can park in Leeds city centre or take advantage of the park and ride
  • By air - Leeds Bradford airport is eight miles from Leeds city centre. Travel by bus or taxi to Leeds city centre.
  • Extend your stay - Visit Leeds. A number of hotels in the city are providing exclusive offers for Graduation 2019.

Remember Leeds and surrounding areas will be busy with students from all three of the city’s universities graduating during the week, so however you travel, plan extra time for your journey, and think about your footwear.

Plus Icon Tickets and Security

For your safety, security at the first direct arena will be in place. Please ensure that you have your tickets with you. Guests without a ticket will not gain access to the venue. Large bags are not permitted in the first direct arena and all guests will be subject to a search before entering.

We sent e-tickets to graduands by email in July. Please check all email accounts as well as spam or junk folders.

If your graduands has still not received their tickets please ask that they bring their online store booking confirmation and student photo id card to present to security whilst accompanying all guests on arrival to the first direct arena.

Tickets can be presented on a mobile device or print out. If you prefer to present on a mobile device, we advise you to save this ticket pdf to your device before the day to avoid delays.

Guests and graduands will use different entrances on the day, therefore please remember to provide each of your guests with their tickets in advance of arrival at the first direct arena, whether on a mobile device or print out.

It is essential that you have this e-ticket or an approved form of identification, as listed above, available on arrival in order to gain entry to the first direct arena. No one will be allowed into the first direct arena without a valid ticket or booking confirmation. Re-entry is not permitted.

If you reserved tickets with the Events Team after the booking deadline of Friday 14 June your tickets will not be emailed to you. Instead, you will purchase and collect your tickets from the first direct arena ticket office on the day of your graduation. You will need to arrive at the first direct arena at least 2 hours before your ceremony start time. Please allow plenty of travel time.

If you have not yet registered your place or your guest tickets you can still purchase and collect your tickets from the first direct arena ticket office on the day of your graduation. Please arrive at least two hours prior to your ceremony and allow plenty of travel time.

Plus Icon Before you leave home

We will email your student your e-tickets in early July – even if it was you who registered their place, we will email the students registered email address. There will be an e-ticket for your student and each guest, including children under two and any carers. Everyone must have an e-ticket otherwise you won’t be allowed in to the first direct arena.

You and your student will use different entrances to get into the arena, so don’t forget to ask your student for your e-tickets prior to entering the arena or arriving in Leeds.

Please check the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. For your safety, airport style security will be in place outside the first direct arena.

Plus Icon Travel and timings

There is information in our FAQs about sustainable travel and parking. Plan enough time for your journey. Traffic in and around Leeds will be heavier than usual, so allow extra time for potential travel disruption.

We have been advised that there are planned protests due to take place across the city centre starting Monday 15 July at 10.00 until Friday 18 July 18:00. All travel routes into and throughout Leeds will see a significant increase in traffic, so please consider your journey carefully and allow plenty of extra time.

It is important that you arrive at the first direct arena at least 90 minutes before your ceremony starts. This allows enough time for registration, gowning and any official photography. There are another 500+ students graduating from your ceremony, so don’t risk coming any later, as you could be late for your ceremony which will start on time.

Plus Icon On arrival

When you arrive outside the first direct arena, university ushers and first direct staff will be on hand to direct you to where you need to go.

Remember to get your e-tickets from your student, you need them to enter the arena. You will use one entrance and your student will use another.

Everyone entering the arena will be screened using airport style security before entering the arena. Food items, drinks and large bags are not allowed in the arena.

Your student will go and be gowned and register their arrival. They will be given a name card at this point. It is important that they don’t give this to you to look after. It has their seat number on it and they pass it to the announcer as they cross the stage. If they don’t have their name card they can’t be announced, so, please make sure you don’t take it off them.

Once your student has been gowned and registered, they will meet you on level 2. Here you can have official photography and visit the memorabilia and food and drink stalls if you wish.

Plus Icon The ceremony

You and your student will not be sitting together. Guest seating is allocated on a first-come first-served basis and people will be seated in the order they enter the auditorium. If you would like to sit with other guests, please enter the auditorium together.

It is important that your student sits in their allocated seat so that they are announced for the right course. Ushers and first direct arena staff will show you and your student where to sit. Ceremonies last about 90 minutes.

Remember you won’t be able to wait on the concourse or plaza of the first direct arena after your ceremony. It is important that, before your ceremony, you arrange a meeting place with your guests in the post-celebration space in the Rose Bowl. First direct arena stewards will move you on, so it is important that you make these arrangements in advance..

You can find other useful information in our FAQs and on the rest of our website. See you next week!

Plus Icon Graduation offers
If you're looking to stay in Leeds over the Graduation period a number of hotels and restaurants in the city are providing exclusive offers for Graduation 2019.
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