Your celebration event is an informal opportunity for you to celebrate your achievements at LBU with your coursemates and guests. Here's all the information you need to help you celebrate in style. 

Remember, it is not your graduation ceremony which we remain committed to providing in the future. 

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Helpful information about what to expect on the day

  1. Where to go

     The celebration events take place on The Acre at Headingley Campus. Check your booking confirmation email from William Northam for your celebration time. You can also check our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 schedules. 

    If you have booked parking please enter Headingley Campus by Churchwood Avenue (LS16 5LF for sat nav), show your ticket to the security team who will direct you where to park. Your parking space is only valid for the duration of your celebration event, please do not leave your car on site after your event as you may be fined.

    Check our maps and directions.

  2. What to bring

    Please bring your booking confirmation email from William Northam with you.

    You can purchase refreshments and merchandise at the event, please note, we are currently only accepting card payments on campus.

    Bag checks will be operation. 

  3. Collecting your gown

    Check your booking confirmation email from William Northam for your gown collection time. When it is time to collect your gown please go to the Great Hall in the James Graham building. Guests will not be able to join you in collecting your gown but you will be able to meet them on The Acre when you're gowned. Staff will be available to help you put on your gown. 

  4. Photography

    The official photography booked through William Northam will be located on The Acre. There is no set time, but we advise doing this soon after you have had your gown fitted properly. 

    There will also be informal photo opportunities for you to use across the celebration space. These have been specially designed for you, your coursemates and your guests to mark the end of your studies. 

    Share your photos on Beckett Connect and social media using #LBUClassof2020 or #LBUClassof2021

  5. On The Acre

    A variety of cold and hot food and non-alcoholic refreshments including fresh coffee, mocktails, Greek food and churros will be available to purchase on The Acre. Alcoholic drinks are available outside of the event space from The Hive which must be confirmed there. Please do not bring alcoholic drinks into the event. 

    Merchandise is available for you to purchase a lasting memento of your time at LBU. From hoodies to Beckett Bears to scroll holders, there’s something for everyone. You can also purchase online via our online store.

    Informal selfie opportunities will also be available across the celebration space to help you, your coursemates and your guests mark the end of your studies at LBU.

    Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LBUClassof2020 or #LBUClassof2021. 

    Your celebration event will be soundtracked by your Sounds of LBU provided by Leeds Dance Community Radio

     Please note, we are currently only accepting card payments on campus.
  6. Accessibility

    Carers tickets and disabled parking are available on request and we can reserve tables and chairs for graduates and guests with accessibility requirements.

    If you or your guests have any special requirements please contact the Events Team on  

  7. Covid-19 safety management

    We are committed to keeping you and your guests safe and reducing transmission of Covid-19.

    Please do not attend the celebration events if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. 

    We strongly encourage you and your guests to take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before the event. If you have a positive result you must not attend the event and follow government guidance on self-isolation. Staff working at the event will also be asked to take a lateral flow test each day. 

    When you arrive at the celebration events NHS Test and Trace QR code check in will be available and we encourage you and your guests to use this.

    Most of the activities at the celebration events are outdoors. Gown collection and dressing are inside the James Graham building where stringent controls have been put in place to reduce the possibility of airborne transmission such as increased ventilation. 

    We are asking graduates, guests and staff to wear a face covering indoors, in crowded areas and where signage advises.

    Hand sanitiser points will be available throughout the event space and we encourage you to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Enhanced cleaning will take place between the celebration events.

    Please also be respectful of other people’s space and keep a safe distance.

  8. GDPR

    Photography and filming (media) will be taken during this event for information, marketing and promotional activitIes of Leeds Beckett University.

    Leeds Beckett University will use your photograph(s) and/or filming across a range of published materials and online information.

    Media will be stored securely on the university network and access is controlled and limited. Media will be held for a duration of three years.

    Please visit our Data Protection Privacy Policy and Privacy Notices [LINK], which are regularly updated.

    If you do not wish to be in any photography or video please let our photographer or camera operative know.

  9. Find out more about our alumni community

    As a graduate of Leeds Beckett University, you will belong to a network of more than 190,000 alumni around the world. We want you to maintain a lifelong relationship with our University. 

    Please visit our alumni webpages for more information about the benefits that will be available to you.