The Union will be open from 8am daily to accommodate graduating students and their families. If you need to arrive early then we'll welcome you into our Foyer from 7.30am but no other service will be open until 8.00am. Our friendly Help and Support team will be stationed around the Foyer if you have any issues. 

We'll be hosting ticket collection, DVD and framing sales alongside Eva London Jewellery and Tiny Twin in our Foyer. You can get your photograph taken in the Riley Smith Theatre right after you pick up your gown from the dance studios (between GEAR and Essentials). There will also be backdrops around the building where you can get informal photos with your friends and family.

For those without tickets to the ceremonies, we will be screening each graduation ceremony live in Old Bar

Your graduation day

-90 minutes Graduates park on Woodhouse Moor and make their way to the University Union (cloakroom available in the Great Hall).

-80 minutes  All bars & cafes open for guests to wait for graduates.

-80 minutes  Graduates collect tickets from the ticket desk in the foyer – additional tickets are only available to those who have requested them in advance. Tickets are required before gowns can be colllected. Only the graduand should queue for tickets..

-70 minutes Graduates to collect their gown from the Studios.

-60 minutes Graduates have their official photo taken in the Refectory (week 1) or the Riley Smith Hall (week 2).

-30 minutes Doors to the Great Hall open. Graduates are allocated seats and must be seated at least 15 minutes early.

0 minutes Graduation ceremony starts. Guests without tickets can view the ceremonies live in Old Bar.

45 minutes Graduation ceremony ends. Graduates will return to the Union for photos, gifts and to return their own gowns to the studios.

60 minutes Each department in the University will hold an event for their students and may also arrange a whole school photo.



Guests who need to borrow a wheelchair for the day can request one from the ticket desk. You can find out more about accessibility at LUU at the link below.

Magnetars & Pins

Magnetars are magnetic pins, specifically designed to hold your hood in the correct place on your gown. These will be on sale and available for hire outside GEAR.

Safety pins are available in Co-Op.

Mortar board policy

You are still unable to hire Mortar Boards, however you can buy them. If you have bought one, you can't wear it into the Great Hall for the Graduation ceremony.

Dispelling the myth…It has nothing to do with Health & Safety and throwing them in the air. The UoL has never had Mortar Boards.