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FAQs

Graduation 2019 FAQs

Plus Icon How and when will I be invited to graduation?
  • You should have received an invitation by email at the end on March 2019. This was sent to your student and personal email addresses – check My Beckett to make sure your personal email is up to date.
  • Bookings for Graduation 2019 are now closed, if you did not receive an invitation please call the Events Team as a matter of importance on 0113 812 7745.

Remember, all up to date information about your graduation can be found on the graduation website.

Plus Icon Why have I been invited to graduation?
  • Because you have passed your course following an exam board after 6 July 2018.
  • Because you are due to complete your studies before Graduation 2019.
  • Because you requested to be transferred from Graduation 2018 to Graduation 2019.
  • Because you completed one or two successful years of study with us and have achieved an academic qualification, making you eligible to attend a ceremony.

Remember to update your details in My Beckett so that we can contact you about your graduation.

Plus Icon When and where is graduation taking place?
  • Your ceremony will take place at the first direct arena in Leeds city centre, between Monday 15 and Thursday 18 July 2019.
  • The ceremony schedule was announced during March on our graduation website.

Remember to let us know if you can’t attend your ceremony or want to transfer to Graduation 2020 so we can update your record.

Plus Icon How do I register my attendance and buy guest tickets?
  • Bookings for Graduation 2019 are now closed, if you have not registered your place please call the Events Team as a matter of importance on 0113 812 7745.

Plus Icon How many guests can I bring?
  • Bookings for Graduation 2019 are now closed, if you have not registered your place please call the Events Team as a matter of importance on 0113 812 7745.
  • All guests will be sat in the arena served basis. There will be no live screening on campus. Ceremonies will be screened via You Tube and Facebook live.
  • Children under two years don’t need a guest ticket; they will sit on the lap of one of your guests. Three year-olds and over do need a ticket.

Remember that you need to have or to set up an Online Store account before you can register your place and book your guest tickets.

Plus Icon Why can't I register my place?
  • Bookings for Graduation 2019 are now closed, if you have not registered your place please call the Events Team as a matter of importance on 0113 812 7745.
Plus Icon What should I wear?
  • Wearing a cap and gown at graduation is compulsory.
  • Please dress smartly. Denim, leisure-wear and party-wear are not permitted. We recommend an outfit with a button mid-chest so that your hood can be hooked over it to keep it in place. Comfortable shoes are advisable.
  • You should order your cap and gown with our approved gown supplier William Northam Robemakers & Photographers between Monday 15 April and Sunday 7 July. For advice on which gown you wear, take a look at our guide.
  • You’ll collect and be fitted into your gown on the day.

Remember to order your gown by Sunday 7 July. We can’t guarantee a cap and gown that will fit you if you leave it until the day.

Plus Icon How do I book my gown?
  • You should order your cap and gown with our approved gown supplier William Northam Robemakers & Photographers between Monday 15 April and Sunday 7 July. For advice on which gown you wear, take a look at our guide.
  • Gown hire costs £28 if you book before Sunday 7 July. If you leave your booking until the day of your ceremony, you will not be eligible for the online booking discount and your gown hire will cost you £35. You can’t be guaranteed a cap and gown that fits correctly if you leave your booking until the day.

Remember to order your gown by Sunday 7 July. We can’t guarantee a cap and gown that will fit you if you leave it until the day.

Plus Icon What do I do on my graduation day?
  • 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.
  • Further information will be sent to you closer to your ceremony.

Remember there will be another 500+ students in your ceremony, so things might take longer than you’d expect.

Plus Icon How do I get to the first direct arena?
  • We recommend that you use public transport wherever possible. You will need to arrive at first direct arena 90 minutes before your ceremony start time.
  • 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 centreTravel 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 I have support needs, can you help?
  • When you register your place, we ask about support needs you or your guests may have. Please give us the details of your requirements and if required, we will follow up with a phone call to discuss how we can meet your needs.
  • We can adjust your pre-ceremony activity to make your route as accessible as possible.
  • Visit Sensus Access to convert files into more accessible formats, provided by the University free of charge when using a Leeds Beckett University email address to access the service.

Remember to call us about your support needs so that we can make your day as enjoyable as possible - 0113 812 7745.

Plus Icon Is there disability access at the first direct arena?
  • First direct arena is accessible to everyone. Lifts and accessible toilets are available on all levels of the arena. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on entry for short distances to your seat (subject to availability).
  • A RF induction loop is available for those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, which gives coverage throughout the arena. This will be available on arrival to the first direct arena.
Plus Icon Is there disabled parking available?
  • On-street disabled parking spaces are available at:
    Elmwood Court (9 spaces) furthest being 136 metres from the main arena doors.
    Tower House Street (6 spaces) furthest being 180 metres
    Jacob Street (2 spaces) furthest being 160 metres.
  • There are accessible car park bays in Woodhouse Lane and Merrion Centre car park. Check local signs for time limit information and visit the first direct arena for additional road maps.
Plus Icon Are assistance dogs allowed in the first direct arena
  • Yes, simply let us know in the special requirements section of your online booking.
Plus Icon When will I get my certificate?

  • If your work goes to an exam board from April to 3 July and you are coming to graduation, you will receive your certificate on the day of your ceremony.
  • If you’ve already received your certificate, you will be handed an empty certificate folder during your ceremony. It won’t look any different to those receiving theirs on the day.
  • If for any reason your certificate isn’t there on the day, you will be handed a certificate folder including a letter in the folder explaining why it isn’t there with details of how to contact us should you require any further information relating to your certificate.
  • If your work goes to an exam board from April to 3 July and you are not coming to graduation, you can collect your certificate in person from the Registration & Awards Team in LE 222, Headingley Campus between 29 July and 2 August. If you don’t collect it, it will be posted to your permanent home address within eight weeks following graduation.
  • If you have a course-related debt you are not able to attend graduation and you won’t receive your certificate until your debt has been settled.
  • If you have any queries related to your certificate, please contact the Registration and Awards Team directly.

Remember to update your personal details in MyBeckett so that we can keep in touch with you and send your certificate to the right place.

Plus Icon What will happen if I can't come to my ceremony?
  • If you don’t want to come to graduation, your name will be listed in the programme and you will graduate in absentia. Simply let us know and you won’t get any more information from us about Graduation 2019. Your certificate will be posted to your permanent home address after graduation.
  • If you can’t make your allocated ceremony, you can graduate in absentia and transfer to next year. Email your course administrator with your name, student ID, course and personal email address, explaining that you wish to transfer to next year and you will be invited to Graduation 2020. Your certificate will be posted to your permanent home address after graduation.
  • You cannot transfer between ceremonies unless you have extenuating circumstance. Call 0113 812 7745 to discuss any requests.
  • If you can’t come to your ceremony, let us know and we will refund your tickets, don’t give them to your friends to use, as you need your student ID card to collect them on the day of your ceremony.

Remember to update your personal details in MyBeckett so that we can keep in touch with you and send your certificate to the right place.

Plus Icon What will happen if I book my place but can't come?
  • If you don’t pass your course, we will automatically refund your guest tickets and cancel your place for this year. Upon successful completion of your course, you will be invited to next summer’s graduation.
  • Simply let us know before the date of your ceremony if you can no longer join us and we will refund your ticket costs. Don’t give your tickets to your friends to use, as you need your student ID card to collect them on the day of your ceremony.
  • You will need to cancel any bookings with William Northam Robemakers & Photographers yourself. 
  • If you don’t turn up on the day, we cannot guarantee that your guest tickets will be refunded.

Remember we have one graduation every year. Your next opportunity to come to a ceremony is in July 2020.

Plus Icon Can you send me a visa letter?
  • Your email inviting you to graduation is usually enough proof for your visa application. If not, your course administrator can send you a letter confirming your eligibility to graduate. It will state that you are entitled to invite guests to your ceremony but we can’t personalise the letters with guest details.
  • If you require immigration advice concerning entering the UK please contact Student Immigration Advice and Compliance.
Plus Icon How and where will my name appear?
  • Your preferred name, as registered with the university, is the name that is used to announce you as you receive your award. If you want to be announced in a way that is different, you can do so by contacting the Events team by Friday 21 June 2019 or speaking to an usher in the first direct arena on the day. 
  • The name printed on your certificate and your graduation programme will be the registered name held by the university. If you have changed your name and want your new name to appear on your certificate you can do so by contacting your course administrator before your exam board with proof of your name change.
  • Students names are listed in the programme in order of award type (Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, BA/BSc/BEng, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) etc. Student names are then listed alphabetically by surname underneath your full degree title. Your results are not published in the programme.
  • Your name will be printed on the back of the ‘Class of’ branded clothing.
  • Prize-winning and award winning students and those who received scholarships are listed in the back of the programme.
  • If you do not want your name to appear in the programme or on any branded clothing, contact the Events Team before Friday 21 June 2019.

Remember to update your personal details in MyBeckett so that we can keep in touch with you.

Have you thought about?

Plus Icon Children at graduation
  • Children under two years old can sit on the lap of guests free of charge.
  • Three-year olds and over need their own ticket.
  • Your ceremony is a formal one to two hour-long occasion, so it might be worth considering alternative options for young children. (Children disrupting the ceremony will be asked to leave).
  • Children cannot be left unattended or with staff.
Plus Icon Your belongings
  • Large bags are not permitted in the first direct arena.
  • All guests will be subject to a search before entering the first direct arena.
Plus Icon Late bookings
  • We can’t guarantee your place or any guest tickets if you haven’t booked by Friday 14 June 2019.
  • Bookings for Graduation 2019 are now closed, if you have not registered your place please call the Events Team as a matter of importance on 0113 812 7745.
Plus Icon Increased traffic
  • All travel routes into and throughout Leeds will see an increase in traffic, so consider your journey carefully. Allow extra time for whichever mode of transport you choose.
Plus Icon Leaving university and joining our alumni community
  • When you graduate from our university, you automatically join a family of more than 176,000 former students. As a life-long member of our alumni community, we are here to support you so make sure you stay connected by keeping us updated with your contact details.
  • Understand the benefits of being a part of our alumni community.
  • Join Beckett Connect to network with fellow alumni who can help you kick-start your career.
Plus Icon Remember to...
  • Use credits on your printing and Food Court cards.
  • Return all your library books – you don’t want to be charged for them!
  • Download your work from your P:Drive and Google drive - they will expire by mid-September.
  • Save any contacts and amend any logins linked to your university email account. This will expire by mid-September.
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