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The University of Southampton

Our Venues

O2 Guildhall

The University of Southampton is excited to be hosting Winter Graduation 2023 at O2 Guildhall Southampton between Tuesday 12 December and Thursday 14 December 2023.

We are looking forward to welcoming our graduands and celebrating their achievements in the heart of Southampton.

Southampton Central Hall

Before your ceremony, you will need to pick up your official University of Southampton academic dress from Southampton Central Hall. You can hire your robes from Graduation Attire, our official supplier. Please note that you must wear the official University academic dress in order to graduate.

You will also be able to book your Graduation photography at Southampton Central Hall, through our photography supplier, Tempest Photography.

Visit the gowning and photography page to find out more about booking your Graduation gown and photography.


After your ceremony, there will be an opportunity to celebrate with your peers, academics and guests at your drinks reception held in Garden Court (Building 38) on Highfield Campus. Please use your e-ticket for entry to your reception and to redeem your free drink. You can also visit the Alumni and Careers hub at your reception to hear about all the ways you can stay connected to the University, have some snaps taken in their photo booth, and discover how they can help you in the future as you take your next steps.

Security arrangements

Please note that no suitcases or large bags will be allowed within the venue, and that security will conduct bag searches upon access. The venue does not operate a cloak room, so you will need to keep your belongings with you.


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