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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Please check the timetable at www.nationalrail.co.uk before you travel. Or call 08457 484 950.
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 www.tfl.gov.uk or call 020 7222 1234.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
A returnable deposit of £5 is required for either a neck-loop or a headset.
Ceremony audiences should note that ceremonies will be recorded and an official video clip of each graduate crossing the stage is produced and will be available to purchase.
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.
"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).