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Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Friday 31 May 2024

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From To Activity Location
11:00 13:30 Registration Foyer, ground floor
11:00 13:30 Collection of academic dress Ground floor
11:00 13:30 Photography Studio, first floor
13:30 13:45 Auditorium doors open for graduates Ground floor
13:50 14:00 Graduate rehearsal Auditorium
14:00   Auditorium doors open for guests Ground floor and first floor (see tickets)
14:30 16:00 Ceremony Auditorium
16:00 16:45 Photography NTL Studio, first floor
16:45 17:00 Return of academic dress Ground floor

This page was last updated on 16 April 2024. The final version will be posted 2-3 weeks before the ceremony.

Arrival and registration

Upon arrival, please head to the Registration desks in the ground floor foyer to collect your tickets, presentation card and souvenir programmes. You will also be given an information sheet with additional details and timings of the day.

If you have any questions during the ceremony day, the staff at the Registration and Enquiry desks will be pleased to help you.

Academic Dress

If you have chosen to wear academic dress for your ceremony, you can collect these from the Ground floor once you have registered. Collection will be open from 11:00 and all hired items should be returned by 17:00

For details on Open University academic dress, including how to pre-order from our approved supplier, see ‘Preparing for your ceremony


The photography studios are located in the Studio on the first floor and will be open from 11:00. The service will also be available after the ceremony. Please be advised that there may be queues, so allow yourself plenty of time.

A photograph will also be taken of you when you cross the stage. This photograph will be available to purchase after the ceremony on the concourse, near the exit door, and online at

For further details on the photography services available on your ceremony day, including how to pre-book, please see ‘Preparing for your ceremony’.

The ceremony

The doors to the auditorium will open from 13:30 for graduates and from 14:00 for guests. You and your guests should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Your ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes. Please note that large bags, pushchairs, buggies etc. will not be permitted within the auditorium during the ceremony due to health and safety. A buggy park will be available for use on the ground floor.

Further details about the ceremony proceedings can be found on Your ceremony day’.

Venue information

On the day contact

The Ceremonies Centre will be closed on the day of the ceremony, so to reach us / get a message passed to us please telephone +44 (0) 28 9033 4400.


The Waterfront Hall is fully accessible. For full details, please go to

If you or any of your guests have additional seating requirements to be considered for the ceremony, please telephone us on +44 (0) 28 9053 622 no later than 4 weeks before your ceremony.


Parking is available at either Q-Park Victoria Square, NCP Belfast Montgomery Street, Donegal Quay Car Park or APCOA Lanyon Place.

For further details on parking options, please go to


Light snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase in Bar 1 and at points throughout the venue.


The venue has limited cloakroom facilities on the ground floor. Please note that this is managed on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that large bags, pushchairs, buggies, etc. will not be permitted within the auditorium during the ceremony due to health and safety.

First Aid

If first aid assistance is required whilst at the venue, please report to a member of venue staff.

Security & emergencies

Please note it is the venue’s discretion to enforce any security measures, such as bag searches.

Should the need to evacuate arise, an announcement will be made and venue staff will provide further instruction.

Waterfront Hall

Belfast Waterfront Hall
Lanyon Place


Contact us

The Ceremonies Centre is open and ready to support you.

Ceremonies Centre
PO Box 123
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

To book

+44 (0)1908 541079 


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