Furness students

Graduation Day

Your graduation day will be a celebration of all the hard work you've put in over the last few years and formalises your passing from student to graduate - and of course you'll become one of our alumni.

The Graduation web pages have general advice and guidance about the day. Take a look to find out all you need to do in advance about what you can expect on the day, including booking tickets and hiring gowns.

Information regarding College Celebrations for the 2024 graduating cohorts will be email to those eligible to graduate towards the end of the Lent term. If you have not received any information about the College celebrations, please get in touch with your College Manager, Jo.

Invitation from the Principal

I have great pleasure in inviting you to attend the Furness College graduation celebrations. The College celebrations have always been one of the best occasions of the University year and we hope very much that you, your parents, family, friends and partners will be able to attend. Graduation Day is a very special occasion and the College events enable you both to celebrate with your family and friends and to meet up with fellow Furnessians. Book your tickets through the online store for the celebratory afternoon tea; this is an extremely popular event. Tickets sell out fast and are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and unfortunately can't be bought on the day. I do hope that you will be able to join me and the other College officers in celebrating this great day.

Dr James Mawdesley

Dr James Mawdesley, College Principal
Dr James Mawdesley, College Principal

What to on the day

Arrive early!

Graduands may collect their robes from the LICA Building from 8.00am onwards.

Furness graduands (2023 cohort) should head to the Great Hall for 9.30am, where you will be directed to line up ready for the ceremony.

Guests with tickets to attend the ceremony will be directed to their seats.

The ceremony (2023 graduates) begins at 10.30am.

For those guests without tickets to the ceremony, they will be transmitted to watch live in the Faraday Lecture Theatre, and on E-Campus screens around campus including Furness Foyer.

The Furness College photograph will take place in Lancaster Square at 12noon prompt. Please make your way to Lancaster Square immediately after the ceremony which finishes at 11.45am. All graduates are asked to attend as this creates a popular and one-off memento of a year in Furness College. You can view previous College photographs in our Furness TV Room.

You will be guided to the stand for this and will need to stay in your robes.

After the photograph, if you have bought a College celebration ticket, you are welcome to come back to Furness to relax with friends and family.

Trevor will be open for the day for all of our graduates, friends and family.

Furness celebrations begin at around 1.00pm, with live music playing in the College. A celebratory Afternoon Tea will be served in the Foyer (pre-booked tickets only) and Trev will be open serving a range of drinks.

See below for details about how to order your tickets.

Celebrate with us

Why not join us in Furness after your ceremony? There will be live music in the quad, while Trevor will be serving drinks and you can collect a complimentary glass of fizz if you have booked onto our College celebrations.

Our celebratory afternoon tea will be served in the Foyer but you'll need to book that in advance. Tickets for Furness students accompanying their guests have now sold out. Please be advised, that as we have to order catering in advance we are unable to sell tickets on the day itself.

Furness Graduates (2023 cohort) are invited to attend a celebratory Afternoon Tea on Thursday 20th July 2023 from 1pm until 4.30pm in Furness College. This is a ticketed event (sold out) and numbers are restricted. There will be plenty of opportunities to have your photographs taken with friends and you can relax with family and friends within the College. Food will be served, the bar will be open and there will be live music playing during the celebrations.

Each person will receive -

  • A celebratory glass of fizz
  • A round of sandwiches to include:
    • Ham and mustard
    • Egg and cress
    • Chicken mayonnaise in a wrap
    • Tuna mayonnaise in a wrap
  • Beetroot falafel with mango chutney
  • Roast vegetable kebab


  • Mini eclair
  • Mini ring doughnut
  • Mini carrot cake

Accompanied by tea, coffee, orange juice and water

Ice cream - A tub of ice cream and you can pick from a selection of ice-creams (Madagascan Vanilla, Thunder and Lightening or Crushed Strawberry) and from a selection sauces and toppings.

Graduates will receive a gift from the College.

A professional photographer will be taking photographs throughout the afternoon.

Tickets can be collected on the morning of your graduation from Furness College or collected from the College Office before the end of the summer term.

No refunds can be offered after 9am on 3rd July 2023

The Bourbon Street Roof Raisers playing at a Furness graduation
The Bourbon Street Roof Raisers