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Ely Cathedral (EVE)

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14:00 17:45 Car parking available at various sites Ely Cathedral
14:00 17:45 Registration in marquee on St Cross Green, close to Cathedral North Door
14:30 17:45 Robing in marquee on St Cross Green, close to Ely Cathedral North Door; official photography in Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral - approach by external North Door.
14:30 18:00 Refreshments available at King's School Hayward Theatre site
17:30 18:15 Graduates and guests admitted to the Cathedral
18:00 18:30 Programme of Organ Music
18:30 19:45 Ceremony takes place
19:45 20:15 All hired robes to be returned

On the day 

Arrival and registration

Please register from 14:00 in the marquee on St Cross Green on the north side of the Cathedral. Your entry tickets and any further information will be given to you at registration. You are advised to arrive early and no later than 17:30 to allow sufficient time for collection of robes, for photography and for refreshments. 


Graduate robing will take place in a marquee on St. Cross Green on the north side of the Cathedral. Gowns will be available from 14:30. 

Details of gowns can be found under Helpful info.

The ceremony

A programme of organ music commences approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony and you are asked to be in your seats no later than fifteen minutes before the start of the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to last approximately one and a quarter hours. 


If your name has an unusual pronunciation that you would like to clarify for your on-stage presentation, please telephone Learner Support on +44 (0) 1223 361851 as soon as possible to ensure that the Graduate Presenter pronounces your name correctly.


The photographers will be available from 14:30 until 17:45 (scrolls are provided). 

Details of the service provided by Ede and Ravenscroft Photography Ltd can be found under Helpful info.


Refreshment vouchers will be given to you at registraton and these will allow you to collect a small picnic lunch or tea. Other items, such as strawberries and cream, champagne, tea and coffee, will be available for cash purchase if required.


Provisions can be made for graduates and any guests that have disabilities. Please contact Learner Support at the Regional Centre (Tel: +44 (0) 1223 361851) before the ceremony to discuss any special arrangements.

A ramp and steps will be provided for access to the stage. Graduates using a wheelchair or with mobility difficulties may choose to process on to the stage or to consider an auditorium presentation. 

Venue information


Please note, all information about this ceremony is being sent in a link via e-mail. If we do not hold an email address on file for you this mailing will be posted. If you require further information before the day please contact the Regional Services Team, at The Open University in the East of England, Cintra House, 12 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PF. Tel: +44 (0)1223 364721. 


Ely Cathedral
Chapter House
The College
CB7 4DL 


On the day contacts

The contact point for graduates on the day of the ceremony will be The Open University registration desk in the marquee on St Cross Green. In the event of an emergency, please leave a message on +44 (0)7827 929644. 

The location 

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral is famous for its Norman nave, early 14th Century Octagon and Lady Chapel. Its majestic interior, the striking contrast between the solemnity of the nave with the light flooding into the transept from the Octagon, provides a memorable setting for our degree ceremony and the celebration of the achievements of our graduates.  Entrance to the Cathedral is free to graduates and their guests throughout the day.  The Cathedral is open to the public before the ceremony, so please take care of your belongings.

It can feel extremely cold in the Cathedral, even on a warm day, so we would advise you and your guests to dress accordingly.

Overnight stay

Details of accommodation in the area, and other information, is available on the East Cambs District Council website:


Getting there

By car

Ely is situated on the A10 with easy access to the M11. It is 16 miles from Cambridge, 36 miles from Peterborough, 55 miles from Norwich and 72 miles from London. 


Parking space in Ely is very limited. We therefore arrange special additional parking within the city and will send you, by post, one parking permit per graduate and instructions, in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. 

By train

Ely railway station is situated on the south side of Ely and approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Cathedral. There are a few taxis but no regular bus service. There are regular train services from London, Peterborough, Norwich and King's Lynn. 

By bus or coach

There is no local regular bus service. 



Refreshment facilities for graduates and guests will be available from 10:30 until 18:00 at the King's Ely Hayward Theatre.
Please note that eating inside the Cathedral is not permitted by the Cathedral authorities.

There are a number of cafes and restaurants within easy reach of the Cathedral; they are likely to be busy, so you may wish to book in advance. Further information can be found at:


Public toilets and facilities for people with disabilities are available very near to the Cathedral. Additional temporary toilets are available at the King's Ely Hayward Theatre. 


There are no cloakroom facilities at Ely Cathedral. 

First aid

The St John Ambulance has kindly agreed to provide a first-aid service for the ceremony. Their post will be inside the main West Door of the Cathedral. 

Emergency evacuation

In the event of an emergency the instructions of the Cathedral officers should be followed. 


Children aged 3 and under can attend the ceremony free of charge, provided they sit on an accompanying adult's lap.

Buggies cannot be accommodated in the aisles of the Cathedral because they block the procession route and movement of graduates during the ceremony.  You will be asked to leave these at the back of the Cathedral.  Your cooperation will be appreciated.