What is graduation

Your Graduation Ceremony is an opportunity to mark your achievements and acts as a bridge between the end of your studies and the beginning of the next stage of your life, whether that is further study, a working career, or perhaps a chance to travel and learn more about the world around you.

graduate shaking hands with VCWhen and where

Graduation ceremonies are held in January and July; most undergraduate students attend the July date. We hold our ceremonies in De Montfort Hall, a fine early 20th century concert hall next to campus.

There are two ceremonies each day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Which ceremony you attend will depend on your degree and your department.

What you do

Graduation is the one time when you are required to wear the traditional academic outfit of a 'cap and gown'. You hire these for the ceremony, collecting them from campus on the day. Everyone scheduled to graduate on that day is known as a 'graduand'.

When your name is read out, you walk across the stage and shake the hand of the Chancellor. Congratulations, you are now a Leicester graduate!

graduate with his familyWho is there

You can bring along your family, although tickets are limited because a lot of other students will be graduating at the same time. Our ceremonies are also live-streamed online so anyone who can't attend can still watch you graduate.

The ceremony begins with a procession of senior University staff who all sit on the stage throughout the ceremony.

There is usually also someone receiving an Honorary Degree, who will give a speech. This is a person with a local connection - maybe they were born in Leicester, or studied here - who has achieved great distinction in their field.

Afterwards (or before)

You and your guests will be able to celebrate with fellow graduands and staff at a drinks reception in your department. There is a professional photography service on campus who will take your official graduation photo.