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Lighthouse, Poole

Friday 19 April 2024 

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From To Activity Location
11:30 14:00 Registration Foyer, ground floor
11:30 14:00 Collection of academic dress The Sherling Studio, ground floor
11:30 14:00 Photography Function Rooms 1 & 2, first floor
13:45   Auditorium doors open First and second floor
14:00 14:30 Musical programme Auditorium
14:30  16:00 Ceremony Auditorium
  17:00 Return of academic dress Foyer, ground floor

This page was last updated 16 April 2024. This is the final version.

Arrival and registration

Upon arrival, please head to the Registration desks on the ground floor foyer to collect your tickets, presentation card and souvenir programmes. You will also be given an information sheet with a map of the venue to help you find your way around. A preview of this is available to view here

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 Sherling Studio on the ground floor once you have registered. Collection will be open from 11:30 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, please see ‘Preparing for your ceremony


The photography studios are located in Function Rooms 1 & 2 on the first floor and will be open from 11:30. 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 ground floor foyer 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 at 13:45 and the musical program will start. You and your guests should be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Your ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

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)1202 280000.


The Lighthouse 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 the Ceremonies Centre +44 (0)1908 541079 at least 4 weeks before your ceremony date.


There is a small cafe bar on the ground floor and teas, coffees and soft drinks are available from the bar on the first floor. However, due to the number of visitors expected at the venue on your ceremony day, you may wish to visit one of the local restaurants, cafes or bars nearby instead.


The venue has limited cloakroom facilities on the ground floor. Please note that large bags, pushchairs, buggies, etc. will not be permitted within the auditorium during the ceremony.

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 at 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.

Lighthouse, Poole

Lighthouse Arts Centre
Kingland Road
BH15 1UG


Contact us

The Ceremonies Centre is open and ready to support you.

Ceremonies Centre
PO Box 123
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
+44 (0) 1908 541079
Mon to Thurs 09:00 - 16:30
Fri 09:00 - 16:00

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