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Gown collection, photography and ceremony reception

When you first arrive in Kingston, go to Surrey County Council, County Hall to collect your gown and have your photography taken. All tickets can be collected from the Rose Theatre.

After your ceremony, come along to your ceremony reception held on the first floor of the Guildhall (opposite the Rose Theatre).

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Gown collection and photography

  • Location: Surrey County Council, County Hall, Penrhyn Road (opposite Penrhyn Road campus), Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DW

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Access information: there is level access into the Surrey County Council, County Hall via the main entrance and levels are mainly accessible by stairs and a lift.

Gowning services are located on the first floor down a short flight of stairs, and will be difficult for graduates with mobility issues to access. Stewards will be available on the day to assist with collecting gowns for graduates with mobility issues.

Gown collection

You can collect your gown from Surrey County Council, County Hall. There will be stewards and signs to help you find your way. Only graduates should enter the area where gowns are collected – there will be an area available for guests to wait while graduates collect their gowns.

Gown collection will be open from 8.00am* on the day of your ceremony. Please see below for information on the latest time by which you can collect your gown.

Ceremony time Latest time by which you can collect your gown
10.30am 9.45am
2.00pm 1.15pm
5.30pm 4.45pm

* Refer to the information leaflet on the ceremonies section for full details of timings.

Returning your gown

Return your gown after your ceremony at the Guildhall, opposite the Rose Theatre, which is also the venue for your ceremony reception. Gowns should be returned by 8.00pm, but timings can vary – see your graduation information leaflet for further details of timings.

Photography

Tempest, the official graduation photographers, will have studios located at Surrey County Council, County Hall.

Photography is always very busy, we advise you to arrive as early as possible to beat the queues and to take advantage of the priority timeslot for your ceremony.

If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please make sure you arrive at the Rose Theatre at least 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony.

Priority photography timeslots:

Timeslots Ceremony
8.00am–10.00am Priority is given to graduates attending the 10.30am ceremony
11.30am–1.30pm Priority is given to graduates attending the 2.00pm ceremony
1.30pm–3.00pm Graduates from any ceremony
3.00pm–5.00pm Priority is given to graduates attending the 5.30pm ceremony
5.00pm – 8.00pm Graduates from any ceremony

Ceremony reception

  • Location: Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1EU

After your ceremony, come along to your ceremony reception. It is a great way to celebrate with your friends, family, academics and fellow graduates and is well deserved after all your hard work.

On arrival, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink and light refreshments. The ceremony reception will be held on the first floor of the Guildhall (opposite the Rose Theatre). There will be graduation assistants available on the day to direct you.

Access information: ceremony receptions are located on the first floor of the Guildhall. There is wheelchair access available to graduates and/or guests. Staff will be available to assist on the day.

Ceremony time Ceremony reception
10.30am 11.45pm (approximately)
2.00pm 3.15pm (approximately)
5.30pm 6.45pm (approximately)

The ceremony reception lasts approximately one hour.

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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

FAQs

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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).

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  • Checked your ceremony date and time?
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  • 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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