Behind the scenes at Graduation 2016

Taking you behind the scenes at our graduation ceremonies held in July 2016.

The Outfit

All our graduates wear Leeds Beckett’s colours, with a different colour hood denoting which award they are receiving.

Caps and gowns can be tricky outfits to wear, so it’s important everything is in place. Staff from William Northam helped our graduates get it perfect, with a little refinement from friends of course...

Ushers were on hand for any last minute tweaks in the auditorium, too.

Who says it just has to be the graduate that wears the cap? Plenty of family members got in on the action by trying on the hats.

If the hat fits...  The children of Leeds Beckett staff member Tim Bennett try his Doctoral cap on for size.

If the hat fits...  The children of Leeds Beckett staff member Tim Bennett try his Doctoral cap on for size.

The Honorary Graduates

Over the week, we awarded 13 honorary doctorates to people from the world of sport, broadcasting, the arts and academia.

The honoraries stop by for a short video before collecting their award. Broadcaster Stephanie Hirst was happy to chat to our interviewers before receiving her Honorary Doctorate of the University for her contribution to public life.

Each honorary graduate sits as part of the platform party and – as Jason Gillespie shows below – applauds the graduates as they collect their degrees.

Honorary Doctorate of the University, Jason Gillespie sits between Chancellor Sir Bob Murray and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Phil Cardew.

Honorary Doctorate of the University, Jason Gillespie sits between Chancellor Sir Bob Murray and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Phil Cardew.

At 97, President of the Leeds Rhinos and Chairman of the Rugby League Conference, Harry Jepson was our oldest honorary graduate this year. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to education and rugby league, and was congratulated on his acceptance speech by Leeds Beckett’s new Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tracey Lancaster.

The Photos

With such attractive and historic surroundings, our Headingley Campus lends itself well to photos. There’s a team of professional photographers covering the entire week, plus plenty of talented amateurs snapping away.

Graduation really is selfie-central. And when you’re in such an Insta-ready location, it’s a case of #nofilter.

Strike a pose. A graduate and his guests pose for his 307th selfie of the day.

Strike a pose. A graduate and his guests pose for his 307th selfie of the day.

Getting a shot of your family member or friend crossing the stage can be tricky, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

We also provided our very own picture frames to pose with.

We also provided our very own picture frames to pose with.

It wasn't just photos we were after. We had a full film crew getting footage of our graduates to use online.

The Ceremony

All ceremonies took place in our tennis centre, which was totally transformed into a huge auditorium to hold our graduates, their guests and the University’s dignitaries.

It takes a few days to get our auditorium in place, but here's a shortened version!

With so many people to look after, ushers are crucial, as is the military-style planning to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Queuing isn’t as easy at it looks – staff ushers make sure graduands are in the right order, so when they cross the stage as their name is announced, it’s the right person that strides across for their moment of glory.

It might be a formal and slightly nerve-wracking affair, but there’s still opportunity for a mini-celebration with your course-mates.

A key figure at the ceremonies was our Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee. He greets and applauds all the graduates, always with a smile on his face.

We make sure we cater for everyone that’s taking part in Graduation. We were happy to provide a British Sign Langauge signer to translate the ceremony for one of our guests.

Couldn't attend in person? Doesn’t matter, we live stream all ceremonies online and on campus. The vision mixers made sure you saw all the best action.

Leeds Beckett’s in-house Events Team handled the whole planning and delivery. Auditorium Manager Emma takes a moment to check the running order.

Leeds Beckett’s in-house Events Team handled the whole planning and delivery. Auditorium Manager Emma takes a moment to check the running order.

The Celebrations

Many of our graduates rounded of their day by celebrating in the Graduation Village – otherwise known as The Acre.

Academics formed an impromptu a guard of honour for graduates as they left one ceremony.

Our massive ‘2016’ sign saw people queuing for that unique photo.

Colleagues from Dine served food and drink from their huge catering tent. The staff worked hard to make sure everything was just right for a proper celebration.

And of course, no graduation ceremony would be complete without a bit of cap throwing.

One, two, three.... THROW!

One, two, three.... THROW!