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Leicester College Events

Higher Education Graduation 2021

  • event date Date Sat 18 Sep 2021
  • time32 Time 10:00 am -
    3:30 pm
  • map pin Location Abbey Park Campus and The Empire

Congratulations Class of 2020 and 2021, we’d like to invite all students who have successfully completed their Higher Education qualification in 2019/20 and 2020/21 to our annual graduation ceremony, which takes place on Saturday 18 September 2021, at Abbey Park Campus and The Empire.

Due to the cancellation of our graduation ceremony in September 2020, we are inviting both years of graduands from 2020 and 2021 to celebrate their achievements.

Our invitation is extended to students who’ve completed foundation degrees, higher national diplomas and certificates, and BA Honours degrees. We’d also like to welcome any of our higher level apprentices (level 4 or above) who’ve completed their apprenticeship by the end of August 2020 and August 2021 to join us for this event.

Graduation is always a special occasion and is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends and family to celebrate in style.



What to expect at your HE Graduation ceremony

What to do when you arrive

Please visit the check-in desk. You won’t need your Eventbrite tickets. We will give you your tickets and your guest tickets. It’s best if you all arrive together. Please note: we cannot accept any new graduand bookings on the day. All graduands must have booked their place beforehand. Extra guests may be admitted on the day, but if they haven’t booked, admission will work on a first-come, first-served basis and they will have to pay for their ticket by debit or credit card. Cash payment will not be accepted.

Event itinerary

Event timingsGraduation itinerary
10:00am – 12:00pmAbbey Park Campus opens for graduands and guests arrive (please do not arrive earlier than 10:00am). Gowning and photography open to graduands who’ve ordered this service.
Light refreshments available to purchase on the second floor.
12:00pmCheck-in closes for graduands and guests. The Empire opens for guests to take their seats.
12:15pm – 12:45pmGraduands assemble in the Abbey Park Campus atrium for the procession to The Empire.
1pm – 2pmGraduation ceremony
2pm – 3:30pmPhoto opportunities and de-robing.

Afternoon tea served at Abbey Park Campus

3:30pmEnd of graduation

The above itinerary is subject to change


It is essential that you register for this event if you would like to attend. Please use this booking form to register your attendance by 3 September 2021, and the attendance of your guests.

Please register your guests by 3 September 2021. We are unable to accept any registrations after this deadline or accommodate any unregistered graduands who turn up on the day.


Please detail the number of guests you would like to invite on your registration form. Initially, you will be able to buy a maximum of four adult guest tickets, and two child tickets. Closer to the event we will open up any remaining tickets so you can buy additional tickets if you wish to. There will be a small charge for your guests’ attendance, which will need to be paid for on registration. If you have any guests aged under 10, they may attend free of charge but should be accompanied by a paying adult guest, who is not a graduand.

Tickets are now on sale for those who are eligible to graduate in September 2021 and their guests following completion of their course in the 2020/21 academic year. Additionally, graduands unable to attend their ceremony in September 2020 and completed their course in the 2019/20 academic year and their guests are also invited to book tickets and attend this year’s ceremony.

Guest tickets are available to purchase until 3 September 2021.

Please note: Refunds cannot be accommodated after 11 September 2021.

Refund requests after this date will only be accomodated if you have been contacted by Track and Trace to isolate or have tested positive for covid-19. We will ask for evidence of this as proof to complete the refund process.


Additional Information


We have free car parking at our Abbey Park Campus for you to use on the day of the event. The address of our Abbey Park Campus is Painter Street, Leicester, LE1 3WA or Memory Lane, Leicester, LE1 3UL.

Dress code

Booking for gowning will open in June 2021 via the William Northam website.

We work with a gown robing company to enable you to graduate in a cap and gown. You must book this directly with the gowning company. If you are not wearing a cap and gown, please dress smartly.

If you have booked gowning you will check in then precede the gowning room to be dressed for the ceremony. All graduands must be gowned by 12:15pm.

Photographs and social media

Booking for photography is NOW OPEN via the William Northam website.

Photographs will be taken during the event that may be used in social media and for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer. Please use the hashtag #LCGrad2021 in your own social media; we want to celebrate you and would love to see all your fantastic pictures and posts.

General help

There will be plenty of staff on duty to explain what’s happening. The event timings will also be printed on the back of your tickets. The main thing is to listen out for your call to join the graduand procession … and to enjoy yourself!


Note: Graduand = Graduating Student

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