Tickets and Seating

Ticket Allocation

Graduands may apply for up to 4 guest tickets in addition to their own admission ticket.  The University can only guarantee that you will be allocated 2 guest tickets.  If space allows, additional tickets will be allocated after the booking deadline has passed and the expected attendance has been assessed.  We will email you at the end of November to confirm how many guest tickets have been allocated to you.

Tickets are not posted to you. You simply collect them on the day of your Ceremony at Preston Guild Hall.  Tickets are free of charge and include post-ceremony refreshments at the Foster Building.

If you wish to invite friends and family from outside the UK to your graduation ceremony please visit our International webpage to see what they will need to support their visa application.



Tickets for Children

Graduation ceremonies are formal, lengthy events and experience has shown that children become bored and restless.  However, we appreciate that it is not always possible to make alternative childcare arrangements and exit points are clearly marked should you need to leave the Hall.

Children under the age of 2 do not require tickets and may sit on an adult's lap, not on a seat.  Children aged 2 and over – require a guest ticket for entry to the ceremony.

Please note that prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the Ceremony Hall.

Seating Arrangement

Graduands are given a reserved seat number in Block H facing the stage.  It is important that you sit in the seat reserved for you so that the order of presentation is correct.  You will be seated by course in alphabetical order.  An usher will direct you to the stage and your name will be announced. You should then walk across the stage and shake hands with the Chancellor before returning to your seat.

Guests may choose seats in the tiered areas of the Grand Hall – Blocks A-G.

Need help or advice?  Please contact the Graduation Team.

Guild Hall Seating Plan