On the Day
We ask that you arrive at the College approximately 2 hours prior to the start time of your Ceremony and make your way to the Main Reception, where refreshments will be available.
Parking for students, parents and staff will be on Stoneyshotts car park. Disabled parking will be available in the staff car park at the rear of the main building – please ensure that your disabled badge is clearly displayed on the dashboard. The front drive will be used for coaches only.
Transport from the College to Chelmsford Cathedral will be provided by coaches departing from the front drive of the College. For the morning ceremonies, coaches will depart from 09:45, with the last coach leaving the College at 10:30. For the afternoon ceremony, coaches will depart from 13:30, with the last coach leaving the College at 14:00. The coaches for the return journey will leave from the Cathedral Gate in Duke Street.
If you decide to use your own car for the journey to the Cathedral, please allow plenty of time to find a car parking space and aim to be seated in the Cathedral at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
Academic robes will be available in the Main Hall from 08:45 for the morning ceremonies and from 11:30 for the afternoon ceremony. Please print out your order confirmation and bring it with you on the day as this includes your unique reference number. Robes must be returned to the Main Hall.
At the Cathedral
Students will be asked to enter the Cathedral via the North entrance door, where they will be shown to their reserved seats, which are organised in the order that the students will be presented with their certificates.
Guests will be asked to enter the Cathedral via the South entrance door. Adequate seating will be available but those who arrive early will have the greater choice of seats. If disabled seating has been requested, then these will have been reserved for you.
Admittance to the Cathedral will strictly be by ticket only.
The Ceremony will begin with the procession of the Platform Party and Academic Staff entering the Cathedral.
The ceremony will be opened and the welcome speech and address will be made. If there are Honorary Awards or staff awards they will be presented at this time. The Head of School will then take to the stage to announce the presentation of Graduates.
When the presentations begin, students will be asked to move, row by row, to the marshalling area at the foot of the platform steps. Names of students to be presented will be called individually and when directed, they should mount the platform and shake hands with the University of Essex representative and the Guest of Honour and collect their certificate. Any prizes awarded to individual students will be announced at the same time the award is announced and will be presented with the prize on stage.
After being received students should proceed across the platform, down the steps and walk around the Cathedral and back to their original seats.
The Guest of Honour will then make a speech, followed by the Vote of Thanks from a student speaker. There will then be a closing speech and the processions will leave the Cathedral, followed by the new Graduates.