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Information for guests

familyKingston University welcomes you to Kingston to celebrate your graduate's success. Graduates have to book their place and guest tickets through Kingston University's online student portal (called OSIS) and we send regular email communications directly to the graduate with information about their day.

During the ticket booking process, graduates are asked if they would like to nominate a guest to receive information from the University about the graduation day; such as venue and travel informaion, ideas for gifts, and key timings. If you would like to receive communications about graduation from us, please ask your graduate to nominate you. We cannot give any information to you about a graduate and their graduation day, without their permission, though general information can be found here on our website.


Purchasing tickets

Every graduate is able to purchase two guest tickets initially, which are £27 each. To be notified when extra tickets go on sale, the graduate must select to be on the waiting list when they book via OSIS.  

After the booking deadline, we will assess the amount of remaining guest tickets. If there are any available, the graduates on the waiting list will be sent an email a few days after this date and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Extra guest tickets for ceremonies are not guaranteed. 

There may be a handful of tickets available to purchase on the day, if there are any available the key information page on our website will be updated. Extra tickets on the day are sold from 90 minutes before the ceremony starts, and on a first-come, first-served basis and are also £27 (cash only).

Collecting tickets

We do not post tickets out in advance, tickets are collected on the day from the Rose Theatre, from 90 minutes before the ceremony. The graduate needs to bring their confirmation email and a form of ID to collect their tickets. They will be given their name card which is also their ticket, along with any guest tickets that have been purchased in advance.

Finding your seat at the Rose Theatre

Doors to the auditorium open approx. 30 minutes before the ceremony start time. Once the announcement that the doors to the auditorium are open you will be able to take your seats. Guests are not allocated a specific seat. Guests are allocated to a level: Ground Floor, First Floor or Second Floor. Within that level you can sit on any seat that is not reserved, on a first-come, first-served basis. We do reserve seats for people with access needs. Find out more about accessibility.

Guests without tickets

If you are not able to purchase all the tickets that you need either in advance or on the day, guests can still come along and enjoy the graduation day. Guests may be able to view the ceremony on-screen in the Rose café, and guests not attending on the day can watch the ceremony online via the live stream. The link to which will be available nearer the time.  

Watch the graduation ceremonies live online

Kingston University videographers and our partners StageClip attend and record each ceremony in full to capture close-up footage of each graduate collecting their award.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live on this website making it even easier for family and friends across the world who are unable to travel or would prefer to watch from home to view. Check back on the day of the ceremony to see the live link.

After the ceremony graduates can download their free StageClip after completing a short survey. 

They can also purchase their presentation photograph (the image taken when they cross the stage) straight after the ceremony at the reception or online later.

Planning the day


Read our handy table of timings to help you plan your day. You will also be handed an information leaflet when you arrive detailing key times and locations. You can also download it to save or print it so you can refer to it easily on the day.

For a step by step guide to a Kingston University graduation day, visit planning your day.


Morning ceremony

Afternoon ceremony

Evening ceremony

Arrive and graduates collect gowns from Surrey County Hall

Please note guests are not allowed in the gowning area, there is a waiting area for guests.




Have official photography taken during your priority time slot. Guests are welcome to take part in studio photography.

8.00am – 10.00am

11.30am – 1.30pm

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Collect tickets and purchase any extra guest tickets needed from the Rose Theatre.

Once you have collected tickets, you can wait in the Rose Theatre bar area where you can purchase food and drinks.

From 9.00am – 10.15am

From 12.30pm - 1.45pm

From 4.00pm – 5.15pm

Take your seats in the auditorium once the doors are open.

Approx. 10.00am



Approx. 1.30pm

Approx. 5.00pm

Ceremony starts and lasts for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.




After the ceremony

Go to the Guildhall for the ceremony reception. It lasts for approximately 1 hour and complimentary refreshments are available.

Approx. 11.45am

Approx. 3.15pm

Approx. 6.45pm

Graduates return their gown to Guildhall or Surrey County Hall

5.00pm or 8.00pm 

5.00pm or 8.00pm


Getting to Kingston

For information on parking, public transport and the location of our graduation venues visit our venue information page.

Gifts for your graduate

Why not treat your graduate with the range of gifts we have on offer? Ranging from bespoke champagne and jewellery to graduation teddy bears, hoodies and mugs; we've got it all. Most items offer a personalisation option to have the graduate's name and degree included.  In most cases, gifts can be ordered in advance and collected on the day of the ceremony. All our suppliers are also present at the ceremony venues to purchase from directly on the day as well. Visit our souvenirs and memorabilia page for the range of gifts on offer.  

Share how proud you are

Surprise your graduate by sharing your pictures and sentiments on Twitter and Instagram using the official graduation hashtag #MadeInKingston and we may post your comment on the big screen in the auditorium before the ceremony starts!

Contact us

Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus (Yorkon Building)
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB 
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Contact us

Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus (Yorkon Building)
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB 
Email us

What our graduates say

"I liked being able to catch up with classmates and getting my certificate that I worked hard for."

James Schacht – Human Resource Management 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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