Staff Involvement in Graduation

Graduation reflects not just the pride we have in the academic achievements of our students, but is also the culmination of the efforts of all University staff. 

We have a variety of volunteer roles for any staff who would like to be involved in welcoming our students and their families to Lancaster University for our graduation ceremony

  • Summer Graduation between 16th and 19th July 2019
  • Winter Graduation on Wednesday 11th December 2019

To see why colleagues enjoy taking part in the ceremonies and volunteer their time, see the In Focus articles below:

Lee Parry, County College Porter talks about why he takes up the role of Macebearer at our ceremonies.

Cath Fletcher, Cartmel College Manager is an experienced graduation volunteer and explains why she takes time out of her usual day to day role to support graduation. 

If you would like to volunteer as a staff helper on Graduation Day or to find out more about the roles available, please contact the Graduation Team 


Academic processions

All colleagues (academic and non-academic) who wish to attend graduation ceremonies should join the academic procession.  The ceremonies are important occasions for graduands and their families, who like to see their mentors on the platform.

Full academic dress is worn by degree holders taking part in the processions.  If you do not have your own academic dress, robes will be hired for you to wear on the day, free of charge.   A plain black bachelor gown will be hired for non-degree holders.

The timetable for this summer's ceremonies is now available 

Please email the Graduation Team or call us on Ext 92190 for further information.

Guest tickets

Our ceremonies are extremely busy and we are usually only able to offer two guest tickets to each graduating student.  Spare guest tickets for staff are rarely available, as all colleagues have the opportunity to attend ceremonies as part of an academic procession. 

Members of the academic procession can enquire via the Graduation Team regarding the availability of a ticket for a guest.

All ceremonies are transmitted live into a nearby venue for which no ticket is required.  Ceremonies can also be viewed live from the University homepage