On the Day
By train: The Cathedral is a short walk from Chelmsford railway Station on the mainline London Liverpool Street to Norwich line; turn left out of the station and continue along Duke Street. The Cathedral is on the left hand side.
By bus: The Cathedral is well served by local bus routes which drop off and pick up outside the Cathedral on Duke Street.
By car: There is no on-street car parking in the immediate vicinity of the Cathedral. There are however a number of nearby car parks. To view a map with more information, click here.
We are pleased to be able to offer all our visitors parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner. The Q-Park is located just a short distance from the Cathedral. A 15% charitable donation will be given back to the Cathedral on all pre-bookings. To pre book and guarantee your space please visit http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/chelmsford entering "cathedral" in the promo code.
For a link to the Park and Ride service, please click here.
We ask that you arrive at Chelmsford Cathedral approximately one and a half hours prior to the start time of your Ceremony and make your way Chapter House, where refreshments will be available. Graduates will need to be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.
Academic robes will be available to collect from Chapter House from 8:45am for the morning ceremonies and from 12.00pm 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 Chapter House before 5pm.
Graduates 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 on the platform.
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 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 or Writtle University College representative and the Guest of Honour. 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.