Graduation Reception

Many congratulations on achieving your qualification with the University of Derby. We are looking forward to seeing you at the University of Derby Presentation of Awards Ceremonies on Thursday 21 November 2019.

UDOL graduation reception event

Sorry but the post-graduation reception for online graduates and their guests is now full. We do however have a number of exclusive discounts available this weekend across Derby so that you can make the most out of your time in the city! We have worked closely with hotels, restaurants, bars and city hotspots to give you some great options on how to celebrate your special day.

You will be receiving an email about the discounts soon so keep an eye on your inbox.

Travelling to the UDOL Graduation Reception

There will be a free university bus service available for you and your guests from Derby Arena, where the ceremonies are being held, to campus where the reception event is taking place. This bus service will depart Derby Arena at the following times: 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, and 2.00pm. Journey time is approximately 15-20 minutes.

On arrival at the campus, please make your way up the steps towards the main entrance where our staff will be ready to welcome you.

If you would like to return to Derby City Centre or to Derby train station after the event, our Unibus 6 service departs from outside the main entrance at our Kedleston Road site. This service is £2.00 per person.

The address of Kedleston Road, Derby Campus is below. Journey time is approximately 15-20 minutes.

University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

If you have requested a parking space on campus, a space will have been allocated to you. As you approach the entrance to the University, please use the 'Visitors' lane and at the security booth give your name and the event 'UDOL Graduation Reception'. Our security staff will direct you to the appropriate car park. Parking is free.

From the car park, please make your way towards the main entrance to the University, up the steps and in to the main reception area where our staff will be ready to welcome you.

For more information on the award ceremony, gown hire, photography or arrangements about the ceremony see the On the day guide or email

For any queries regarding the University of Derby Online Learning Graduation Reception, please call +44 (0)1332 597953 or email

Graduation gown returns

After the formal graduation ceremony at Derby Arena, if you are attending the UDOL Graduation Reception, you can continue to wear your graduation gown to travel to the UDOL Graduation Reception. You’ll be able to safely return your gowns before you leave the reception event at the University campus. Look for ‘UDOL Graduation gown return’ boxes which will be available in the Atrium.