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Photography and video

Before your ceremony starts the graduation photographers, Tempest, will be ready and waiting to take a picture of you in your hat and gown, certificate in hand (hopefully smiling and with your eyes open).

There's no need to book or pay in advance, just turn up around two hours before your ceremony to ensure you have enough time to get the photographs you want. Find out more about timings and locations.

If you did not get a chance to attend your graduation, we are able to offer you the opportunity to have a photo at one of our extra photography sessions. Find out more...

Choose your picture

There are two services available:

  • The Classic Service – which includes having your photograph taken against a standard backdrop. You can ask for individual and group photographs.
  • Studio B3 – which is a bespoke service offering graduates and their guests more studio time and the choice of black and white or colour photographs. Again you can ask for individual and group photographs.

Pictures of your presentation

Your picture will be taken as you shake the host's hand on stage at the Rose Theatre. You can see it and buy it at the ceremony reception.

And don't worry if you don't have time to get it then. A few weeks after your ceremony, pictures of the presentation will be posted on Tempest's website.

For FAQs about photography, please visit the Tempest website or contact Tempest on +44 (0)1736 752411.

Celebrate your magic moment with StageClip

memorabiliaYour special moment on stage will be captured by our official video partner, StageClip. Your StageClip features screen titles showing your name, graduation date and degree subject. It also captures the moment you cross the stage and receive your award. Your StageClip is designed for download to your mobile device and can be easily shared on your social networks. You will be emailed after your ceremony has taken place to notify you when you clip is available on the StageClip website. You can also search for your clip within the website using your graduation date and time. If you'd rather not be sent the email notification when your clip is ready you will be given the opportunity to opt-out. Don't forget to tag your StageClip using the official graduation hashtag! #MadeInKingston.

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 you can purchase your personalised StageClip, the link to view your clip will be emailed to you when it's ready.

DVDs of each full ceremony will also be available to purchase from Campus Clothing.

Capturing the moment

The Tempest photographers will also be wandering around on the day, taking casual snaps. These photos will appear a few weeks after your graduation ceremony in our photo galleries and on the Kingston University Alumni Association Facebook page.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your official photograph taken

If you did not get a chance to attend your graduation, we are able to offer you the opportunity to have a photo in an official Kingston University gown, with our professional photographers on campus.   

If this is an opportunity you are interested in, please let us know so we can inform you of future photography session dates.

Please note, you will not be able to take personal photos in the gowns on this occasion and the gowns will not be able to be taken out of the studio.

You are more than welcome to bring family members to have official photography with you.

Other photography companies

It has come to our attention that there are other photography companies operating in the Kingston area offering graduation photography. Please note that these companies are not supported by the University, so there is no guarantee of quality and if you choose to use a company other than our official graduation photographers, Tempest, it is at your own risk.

Photography and filming on the day

Ceremony audiences should note that ceremonies will be recorded and an official video clip and photography 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

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

"Tempest photography service were great! They made the day very memorable and were very professional."

Nadia Husein – Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons)


We suggest you check our FAQs to find out everything you need to 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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