On the Day

Timetable, Pre-Graduation

July results Online registration and gowns and photography booking opens Thursday 26th July 2018
July Deadline for outstanding finance to be paid. To pay please call the finance department on 01254 292557 Friday 31st July 2018
July Results online registration and gowns and photography closes Friday 31st August 2018
Extra Guest Ticket Sales Open Thursday 27th September 2018 at 9am
Extra Guest Ticket Sales closes Monday 1st October 2018
Ceremony Thursday 11th October 2018

Timetable, Graduation

Graduation, 11th October 201811am Ceremony2pm Ceremony5pm Ceremony
School Of Health, Science & TechnologySchool of Art & SocietySchool of Business, Law & Education
Ticket Collection desk opens (Registry) 8am 11am 2pm
Gown collection & photography opens (Sports Hall 1) 8am 11am 2pm
Ticket collection desk closes (Registry) 9:45am 12:45pm 3:45pm
Gowns collection & photography closes (Sports Hall 1) 10am 1pm 4pm
Graduands in lining up venue (Sports Hall 2) 10am 1pm 4pm
Guests to be seated in KGH (KGH) 10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm
Graduates Procession Starts (Sports) 10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm
Ceremony Starts (KGH) 11am 2pm 5pm
Celebration event in curve starts (UCBC) 12:30pm 3:30pm 6:30pm
Celebration event in curve finishes 3pm 6pm 9pm
Gowns Returned (UCBC) 8pm 8pm 8pm

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 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 THE LINING UP VENUE. PLEASE KEEPTICKET GRANDUANDS TICKETS WITH THEM 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.

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 cross the stage to shake hands with the Presiding Officer. 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 8pm.