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Venue information: Rose Theatre

Your graduation ceremony takes place at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

Rose Theatre, 24–26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL

The Rose Theatre is a great venue for your graduation and to make sure you enjoy the day to the full here's everything you need to know:

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How to get there

By train

Please check the timetable at before you travel. Or call 08457 484 950.

  • Kingston station the station is a 15-minute walk from the Rose Theatre. Trains run regularly to and from London Waterloo and these take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Surbiton station – trains run regularly to and from London Waterloo. Fast trains take approximately 15 minutes. From Surbiton you'll need to take a bus or taxi to Kingston. You should be able to get a taxi outside the station. Please allow at least another 20 minutes for the journey.

By bus

There are so many buses that go to Kingston that you'll need to do a bit of research if you don't know which route is best for you. Go to or call 020 7222 1234.

By car

There is always a fair amount of traffic in Kingston but on graduation days it can become extremely congested, so please leave plenty of time if you decide to drive.

There is no parking at the Rose Theatre. The closest car park is the Rose car park, on Kingston Hall Road (the entrance is on the High Street). It's only two minutes walk from the Rose Theatre and open until midnight. This car park will get extremely busy, so early arrival is recommended. It is the responsibility of graduates and/or guests to check opening and closing times of car parks.

Visit the Royal Borough of Kingston website to find out information about car park charges and locations.

You can also visit our how to find us section for directions to Kingston.

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Ticket collection

After you have collected your gown and had your photographs taken at Surrey County Council, make sure you collect your tickets from the first floor of the Rose Theatre. Bring a print out of your email confirming your ticket order and some form of ID with you when you pick up your tickets.

Ceremony time Suggested time to pick up your tickets
10.30am 9.00am
2.00pm 12.30pm
5.30pm 4.00pm

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Is there a cloakroom?

When you go on stage you can't leave anything on or under your seat, as you might be ushered to another seat afterwards. And taking your stuff on stage makes shaking hands harder and pictures of the moment a little 'cluttered'.

But don't worry, the cloakroom can hold just about everything for you on the day. We also request that buggies and pushchairs are either left at home or checked into the Rose Theatre cloakroom free of charge.

And in all the excitement – please don't forget to pick up your belongings afterwards. The cloakroom opens from 9.00am.

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Finding your seat

The theatre is built over three levels, accessible by stairs and a lift. An announcement will be made when auditorium doors are open, and graduates and their guests can take their seats.

Graduates – your name cards will have your seat number on it. Please ensure you sit in the seat allocated to you. You won't be sitting with your guests. Graduates are on the ground floor. The ushers will show you to your seat.

Guests – guests are not allocated a specific seat number unless a special requirement is indicated, such as a mobility issue that requires specific seating. Guest tickets will indicate only the level on which guests should find themselves a seat.

Please note: Late arriving guests may be allocated seats in the Circle or Upper Circle levels no matter what the tickets state to minimise disruption to the ceremony.

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Special requirements? Please tell us as soon as possible

When registering for tickets, you're asked if you or your guests have any special requirements at the time of booking. If you don't tell us about these in good time, we cannot guarantee we can accommodate them.


There's level access into the Rose Theatre and its cafe from the pavement. The entrance doors are automatic. There's a lift to each floor with accessible toilets on each. For people with mobility problems, we allocate ground floor or aisle seating where possible. The wheelchair spaces are located in the stalls on the ground floor.

Guide dogs

Please let us know in advance if one of your party is bringing a guide dog, so we can arrange for a water bowl and dog-sitter during the ceremony.

Hearing aids

Anybody with hearing problems doesn't have to miss a word. The theatre has a wireless (infra-red) audio system. This works in two ways:

  • If you wear a hearing aid you can collect a neck-loop from the theatre cloakroom. Simply put on the neck-loop and switch your hearing aid to the 'T' position.
  • If you don't wear a hearing aid you can pick up a discreet wireless headset from the cloakroom.

A returnable deposit of £5 is required for either a neck-loop or a headset.

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You might want to buy a souvenir of the day. There will be people selling a range of graduation-related memorabilia on the ground and Circle floor. Find out what will be on offer.

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Contact us

Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Email us

Contact us

Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Email us

What our graduates say

"Lovely venue, well organised and a good opportunity to see everyone again."

Julie Cook – Management Studies PgDip


We suggest you check our FAQs to find out everything you need to know about the graduation ceremonies.


Booking your tickets to your graduation ceremony indicates that you adhere to the University's Graduation Ceremony Policies.

Download the Graduation Ceremonies Policies (PDF).

Ready to graduate?

Have you...

  • Checked your ceremony date and time?
  • Cleared any outstanding debt with the University?
  • Applied for your graduate and guest tickets?
  • Received an email confirming your tickets have been purchased?
  • Hired your gown?
  • Downloaded and printed your ceremony information leaflet?
  • Informed the graduations team of any special requirements you or your guests have?

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