On the Day

Order of Events11:30am ceremony - School of Art and Society2.30pm ceremony - School of Business, Health and Technology
Ticket Collection desk opens (Registry) 8.30am 11.30am
Gown collection & Photography opens (Sports Hall 1) 8.30am 11.30am
Ticket collection desk closes (Registry) 10.15am 1.15pm
Gowns collection & Photography closes (Sports Hall 1) 10.30am 1.30pm
Graduands in lining up venue (Sports Hall 2) 10.30am 1.30pm
Guests to be seated in KGH (KGH) 11am 2pm
Procession Starts (Sports Hall) 11am 2pm
Ceremony starts (KGH) 11.30am 2.30pm
Celebration event in the Curve starts (UCBC) 1pm 4pm
Celebration event in the Curve finishes (UCBC) 3pm 6pm
Gowns Returned (UCBC) 7pm 7pm


Please note these timings are non-negotiable and late entry is not permitted under any circumstances due to graduation etiquette. Please plan to arrive in plenty of time to avoid any disappointment.

On the Day Ticket Collection

Please note you must have already registered online.

You cannot turn up on the day and attend.

Please go to Blackburn College’s Registry at the Beacon Centre to collect your graduand and all your guest tickets. Please note that entry to the hall will not be permitted without a ticket. Graduands must make sure all guest tickets are given to guests before graduands go to the lining up venue.

Please keep tickets with you at all times.


Gown Hire/Photographs

Once you have collected your tickets please make your way to Sports Hall 1 in the Sports and Leisure Centre to collect your gowns and have your photographs taken. Your guests can accompany you or can make their way to King George’s Hall. Please enter the Sports Hall through the back doors near the entrance to Feilden Street car park/Reidy’s.


Graduate procession

When you have your gown and have had your photographs taken you must make your way to the lining up venue (Sports Hall 2) to prepare for the graduate procession. Your guests should make their way to King George’s Hall and be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony. Please make sure your guests have their tickets.

The graduate procession is compulsory and involves all graduands leaving the Sports Hall and processing through campus to King George’s Hall (see map) where you will then enter the Hall in front of all your guests. This is a great opportunity to inspire others. Those with access requirements will be catered for and we invite you to discuss this with our HE Disability Advice Service on 01254 292269.  


The ceremony

During the ceremony you will be directed when to leave your seat to line up and then cross the stage to shake hands with the Presiding Officer and have your degree conferred. If you do not wish to shake hands please hold your graduation brochure in your right hand. After crossing the stage you must return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony you will process out of the Hall.


Celebration Event

After the ceremony you and your guests are invited to attend the celebration event taking place at the University Centre in The Curve. Complimentary refreshments and entertainment will be available for all guests and graduates.


Gown return

You must return your gown to the University Centre by 7pm.