Friday 9th July 2021
Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool
Degrees awarded by Staffordshire University


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



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 Liverpool Town Hall which provides a unique and memorable backdrop to your big day.

If you are graduating, you are entitled to a maximum of 2 tickets for your guests plus 1 for yourself (3 in total). Tickets are available for collection from our MetQuarter reception from Wednesday 9th June. Beyond this date, if there are any available tickets 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 2nd July.

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 from Monday 14th June 2021. Please select Bachelor of Arts then click next. Select the date and time of the ceremony then click next. Enter measurements then proceed to place your order.

Please have the following details ready:

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

When should I collect my gown?

After you have checked in at the registration desk on the day you should collect your gown from the gown desk 90 minutes before the Ceremony begins 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 Liverpool Town 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 1.5 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 to 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.

Bachelor of Arts

Black gown
Grey hood with red lining
Black mortar board

How long is the ceremony?

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

When do graduates/guests need to be seated?

All guests should be seated 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

What happens during the ceremony?

The ceremony begins with the procession of the graduates into the ceremony room. The assembly is asked to stand when the processional music begins and to remain standing until the procession party is seated.
Speaker 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). LMA’s leadership team will then read out each graduate’s name as they make their way across the stage to receive congratulations from all guests.

Closing speeches will then be given to close the proceedings.

What happens after the ceremony?

After leaving the guests and graduates are invited to the post ceremony celebration to collect your complimentary glass of fizz or soft drink! 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 Liverpool Town Hall.

How do I get an official photograph?

The official photographs are taken inside Liverpool Town Hall. You need to pre-book your time slot by contacting jessica.whitehead@lma.ac.uk. All students will also be photographed as they cross the stage and shake hands with LMA staff. Prices for digital copies or prints will be made available on the day.

Are cameras allowed into 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.

LMA will be filming the ceremony and  sharing it with all Graduates
after the event.