LMA Graduation 2019

LMA Graduation –¬†Awarded by Staffordshire University

Friday 12th July 2019

St George’s Hall, Concert Hall, 1pm start

 

Graduation ceremonies represent the highlight of the University year. the celebrations enable us to publicly recognise and reward the achievements of our students. The also provide the opportunity for graduates to receive well deserved applause from parents, partners and friends.

FAQs

Can I bring children to the ceremony?

The Graduation is an occasion to celebrate with family and friends and therefore you are welcome to bring your children/young relatives to celebrate with you. They will however need a guest ticket to enter the Ceremony Hall.

Is there a dress code for guests?

Although there is no dress code for our ceremonies, as it is a formal occasion we tend to find guests dress smartly and appropriately.

How do I book my tickets?

Award ceremonies are a landmark occasion for every one of our graduating students and we are especially privileged to be holding our ceremony in the amazing St George’s Hall which provides a unique and memorable backdrop to your big day.

If you are graduating, you are entitled to a maximum of 6 tickets for your guests plus 1 for yourself (7 in total). Tickets are available for collection from our Duke Street reception from Monday 10th June until Friday 28th June. Beyond this date, if there are any available rickets remaining, all students will be informed and the tickets will be released.

What happens if I cannot attend on the date of my ceremony/can I defer my graduation?

If you cannot attend on the date allocated for your ceremony, then you can defer your graduation to the following year. If you wish to defer your graduation or can not attend for any reason, you must contact jessica.whitehead@lma.ac.uk by Friday 28th June.

Where do I order gowns?

We encourage all graduates to wear academic dress. This comprises a gown, hood and mortarboard.

You must order your gown hire in advance from the University’s supplier, J. Wippell & Co. This can be done via¬†their website and will be open for booking until June 28th 2019. Please select LMA from the drop-down menu.

Please have the following details ready:

  • Height
  • Chest measurement
  • Hat size (circumference of your head taken just above your ears)
  • Date of your ceremony
  • Time of your ceremony
  • Qualification

When should I collect my gown?

After you have checked in at the registration desk on the 12th July at St George’s Hall you should collect your gown from the gown desk from 10.30 – 11am where staff will be available to help you into your robes and show you how to position the hood. The gown is yours to keep for the day but must be returned to the gown desk at St George’s Hall by 4pm that same day.

It is important to check in first so we know you have arrived. You should aim to arrive approximately 2 hours before your ceremony begins. Remember – even if you are running late, you must check in and collect your gown before going into the ceremony.

What should I wear?

The Graduation is a formal occasion and you are requested to dress appropriately. You will find it useful to wear a buttoned shirt/blouse to which the academic hood can be fastened, or alternatively bring some small safety pins to affix the button-loop of the hood to your clothes. hair pins are also useful to secure the mortar board (hat).

What will my hat and gown look like?

When you pre-order your academic dress through the Wippell’s online hire-shop, you will be asked the enter the type of award (e.g. Bachelor of Arts) you have studied. Wippell’s will then select the appropriate hood and gown for your award. The dress details for Staffordshire University’s academic dress colour is listed below:

Bachelor of Arts

Black gown
Grey hood with red lining
Black mortar board

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony lasts about one hour dependent on the number of students receiving awards.

When do graduates/guests need to be seated?

All guests should be seated by 12.45pm

What happens during the ceremony?

The ceremony begins with the procession of the principal, academic staff and graduates in to the Ceremony Room. The assembly is asked to stand when the processional music begins and to remain standing until the procession party is seated.

The Principal will welcome graduates and their guests to the ceremony and give an opening address. An usher will call students forward row by row (it is essential that everyone is sat in the correct seat). The Vice Principal will then read out each graduate’s name as they make their way across the stage to receive congratulations from the Principal and honoured guest.

Closing speeches will then be given to close the proceedings. Graduates will be brought back on stage for a group photograph and guests will be request to stand as they platform party leaves the Ceremony Room. All guests are asked to remain in the Ceremony Room until all the graduates have processed out.

What happens after the ceremony?

After leaving the, guests and graduate are invited to the post ceremony celebration to collect your complimentary glass of fizz! There is then time to have your photographs taken with family and friends if you have not already done so, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of St George’s Hall.

How do I get an official photograph?

The official photographs are taken in the entrance of St George’s hall, you need to pre-book your time slot by contacting jessica.whitehead@lma.ac.uk. All official photos will be taken between 10.30 am and 12.30pm at 3-5 minute intervals. All students will also be photographed as they cross the stage and shake hands with the Principal and honoured guest. Prices for digital copies or prints will be made available on the day.

Are cameras allowed in to the ceremony?

Guests are welcome to bring their cameras and video cameras to capture your special moment during the ceremony, but we do ask guests to ensure they do not obscure the view of other guests and do not use a flash. Please note there are certain areas within the ceremony hall that are prohibited to guests.