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celebrate in style on the acre

We are excited to invite you to your Class of 2020 celebration in September. 

It’s all about being seen in your gown!  You’ll be able to hire a cap and gown to wear at the event and book official ‘purple carpet’ photography, as well as carefully curated photo ops. You can also bring two guests with you to enjoy the refreshments on The Acre.  

There won’t be any ceremony or speeches, it’s an informal event for you, your guests and classmates to enjoy.

Booking is opening very soon. We can’t wait to welcome you and your classmates back to Leeds Beckett University.

 
 
Date and time School

Saturday 18 September

10:00 to 13:00

Leeds School of Arts

Leeds School of Social Sciences

School of Cultural Studies & Humanities

Saturday 18 September

14:00 to 17:00

Leeds Business School

Leeds Law School

School of Built Environment, Engineering & Computing

Sunday 19 September

10:00 to 13:00

Carnegie School of Sport

Carnegie School of Education

Department of Languages

 Sunday 19 September

Afternoon
14:00 to 17:00

School of Clinical & Applied Sciences

School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management

School of Health & Community Studies

Your questions answered

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This special event is a chance for you to celebrate your hard work and achievements at LBU alongside your classmates on The Acre.

There will be caps, gowns, official photos and refreshments for you and two guests.  

This isn’t your graduation ceremony.  It’s an informal way to celebrate your Leeds Beckett University award with your classmates and your guests.

The Class of 2020 is an outdoor event on The Acre, there will be limited seating and wet weather cover.  Please make sure you dress appropriately!  

 
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Book your tickets for you and your guests through William Northam website.  There is no charge for these tickets.  You will need your student ID number to book. There will be no admission to the celebration without a ticket. 

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Your student number should be 8 numbers long. If there is a C at the beginning of your student number you should repeat the first number instead. 

For example, if you student number is C1234567 then it now becomes 11234567.

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You book your cap and gown with William Northam. Please note that there is a £10 deposit required to secure your gown booking, this will be redeemable after the event. 

 

You will need to book your cap and gown hire in advance, you won’t be able to hire it on the day at the event.

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Book official photography with William Northam.  Photographs will be taken ‘purple carpet style’ outdoors in a marquee rather than indoors in a studio.  To adhere to social distancing photographs will only be of individuals and not groups.   

 

You will need to book official photography in advance as you won’t be able to order it on the day at the event.

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Attending the celebration is free for both you and your guests.  

We do ask that you pay a £10 deposit for your cap and gown hire.  This will be redeemable after the event.  

You can also book official photography, with prices starting at £10.

 
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There is limited capacity on The Acre at Headingley Campus due to social distancing measures, therefore we ask that you bring a maximum of two guests with you, including children. Bookings open on Monday 5 July 2021. 

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Headingley is just three miles outside the centre of Leeds. You can get to us from Leeds City Centre via the Otley Road/Woodhouse Lane but please be aware this road is a commuter route and gets very busy at peak times.

For more information please visit our getting to campus page.

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Yes – but short stay only for a maximum of 3 hours.  Your gown hire ticket will give you short stay parking for one vehicle.  Please do not leave your vehicle on campus whilst you go off in to Leeds after your celebration – there won’t be enough parking for the next celebration.

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We’re sorry but there is limited capacity on The Acre at Headingley Campus due to social distancing measures. Your event is for your School so you’ll be able to celebrate with your classmates. We’ve organised the events to accommodate as many people as possible but transfers between events are not possible.  

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Despite the extension of restrictions until 19 July we are hopeful that the Class of 2020 celebration will be able to take place as planned in September.

We will continue to monitor the latest guidance and update you of any changes to the event should restrictions change or be extended.

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The event is not your graduation ceremony, it doesn’t replace your ceremony, which we remain committed to providing for you when it is safe to do so. 

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone our 2021 July graduation ceremonies. We know how important graduation is to you and your family so I want to reassure you that this is a postponement and not a cancellation.  All eligible students who complete their degree requirements will still become graduates of Leeds Beckett University. 

 
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A graduation ceremony is a formal event in which you wear your cap and gown to cross the stage as your name is read out in order and shake the hand of the Vice Chancellor.

The ceremony includes speeches from the University Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and the Dean of your School.  

The Class of 2020 celebration is an informal event.  There won’t be any names read out nor any speeches.

 
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Yes, you can still attend both. The event in September is a chance for you to return to campus and celebrate with your classmates. 

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You have also been invited to celebrate your achievements in our online yearbook through Beckett Connect, Leeds Beckett’s graduate networking platform.  

Sign up today and see speeches and messages left by students, colleagues and alumni of Leeds Beckett University. 

 
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You will need to email your school administrator to check that your contact information is up to date. 

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Please contact your school who will be able to update your details for you.