Graduation Venues

Your UON Graduation Venue

Our ceremonies and associated activities take place over two locations:

  • Waterside Campus
  • The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Students will need to visit both of these locations for their ceremony and, depending upon their ability and involvement, guests will also visit both locations.

Gowning and photography will take place before your ceremony on Waterside Campus. Once gowning and photography has finished, students and guests need to make their own way to the Royal & Derngate Theatre also in the Northampton Town Centre. The walk between the two venues takes roughly 10 minutes.

The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Our ceremonies take place at the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Once the auditorium is open all students and guests will need to enter and be directed to their seats.

All graduating students enter the auditorium via doors C and D, no tickets are needed. Graduates will be met by a ceremony marshal who will take them to their allocated seat and provide final ceremony instructions.

Guests enter the auditorium via the door letter indicated on their guest ticket; tickets can be shown on paper or on a device. The doors are as follows:

  • Doors A – F: Ground floor entry; some steps involved except for door F which is flat access.
  • Doors G – K: First floor entry; stairs and lifts available. Doors H and J allow flat access into the auditorium
  • Doors L – M: Second Floor entry; stairs access only, no lift to this floor.

Students should ensure guests have their tickets as students will not be with their guests who will need to show their tickets to gain access to the auditorium.

The threatre has a variety of refreshment options available for students and guests, ranging from coffees and cake, through to alcoholic beverages to celebrate.

The ceremonies will also be streamed live to TV screens in the foyer should guests not have tickets to access the auditorium.

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