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Venue information

There are three venues that we use on graduation days. Surrey County Council for gowning and photography, the Rose Theatre for your ceremony and the Guildhall for your ceremony reception.

To find out what happens at each venue, go to planning your day. If you are a guest, please visit our information for guests page.

  • Rose Theatre, 24–26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL
  • Surrey County Council, County Hall, Penrhyn Road (opposite Penrhyn Road campus), Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DW
  • Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1EU

All these venues are located in Kingston town centre and are within walking distance from each other. Use the map below to see their location. Please note none of our venues have parking, for more information go to our 'Getting to Kingston' section.

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Getting to Kingston

By rail

Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Kingston and Surbiton station.

  • Kingston station - Midweek there are four trains per hour, journey times take between 28-33 minutes. Kingston station is approximately a 15 minute walk to our graduation venues.
  • Surbiton station - Midweek there are 10 trains per hour, journey times take between 15-32 minutes. Surbiton station is approximately a 20-30 minute walk from our graduation venues. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank located outside the station or you can take a number of local buses into the centre of Kingston.

Visit the National Rail Enquires website for further information

By bus

Buses run both locally and from other parts of London. Visit the Transport for London website for further information.

By car

There is no parking at any of our graduation venues. The closest car park is the Rose car park, on Kingston Hall Road (the entrance is on High Street). 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 other car park locations and charges.

You can also visit our directions to Kingston University section for more information

Venue opening and closing times

Opening times

Venue

Thursday 20 July

Friday 21 July

Monday 24 July

Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 July

Surrey County Council

11.30am

8am

11.30am

8am

Rose Theatre

10.30am

8.30am

10.30am

8.30am

Guildhall

3.15pm

11.45am

3.15pm

11.45am

Closing times

Venue

Every graduation day

Surrey County Council

8pm

Rose Theatre

7.30pm

Guildhall

8pm

Graduation staff

There are graduation assistants on hand to help direct you and give you information at all venues. However, if you wish to speak to a member of graduations staff or need some further assistance, the team is located at the information desk on the ground floor of the Rose Theatre. During graduation week, our telephone line and email address are not monitored as we are at the Rose Theatre running ceremonies, please come and see us there.

Accessibility

When graduates book their tickets they are asked for access information for both themselves and their guests. We then can make appropriate arrangements for seating during the ceremony. If you would like to discuss access needs for any of your party please phone us or email us as we are on hand to make your day as enjoyable and as smooth as possible. If you don't tell us in advance of your ceremony about specific access needs we cannot guarantee we can accommodate them.

Access

All our graduation venues have lifts and can accommodate wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Please make yourself known to a member of staff when you arrive if you require assistance.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs are welcome. Please let us know in advance if one of your party is bringing a guide dog, so we can make suitable arrangements such as a water bowl, an appropriate seat or a dog-sitter.

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.

Refreshments

Refreshments are available to purchase at both Surrey County Council and The Rose Theatre. Complimentary drinks are provided at the ceremony reception at the Guildhall. 

Cloakroom

There is a free cloakroom in the Rose Theatre for graduates and guests to store their belongings in. Graduates will not be permitted to bring any bags or coats into the auditorium with them. Please make sure you collect your belongings after the ceremony has finished and take them with you to the ceremony reception. Any belongings not collected will be taken to lost property (Rose Theatre stage door).

Filming

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. University staff and official photographers may be roaming around during your graduation day taking photographs and video clips for the University's social media channels, website and printed materials. If you do not want to be featured please contact us.

Contact us

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

Graduations
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

FAQs

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

Policies

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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