On the Day

Getting Here

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 ask that you arrive at Writtle University College approximately one and a half hours prior to the start time of your Ceremony.

Academic robes will be available to collect from the main hall 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 the main hall before 5pm.

Coaches will provide transport from the university to the cathedral and back again after.

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. If disabled seating has been requested, then these will have been reserved for you.

Admittance to the Cathedral will strictly be by ticket only.

Awards Ceremony

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 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.

If you have booked reception tickets then this will be in the Garden Room Restaurant at the university between 11:30am and 1:45pm for both ceremonies.