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 Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0)1908 653003 (option 2)..
On the day contacts
The contact point for graduates on the day of the ceremony will be The Open University information desk in the 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.
Graduates and guests may wish to know that there will be a science festival taking place in Ely during May and June and you may wish to allow some extra time to visit some of the exhibits in the Lady Chapel. The Lady Chapel will be open for visitors until midday. For more information please visit http://www.elycathedral.org/ely-cathedral-science-festival.
Details of accommodation in the area, and other information, is available on the East Cambs District Council website: www.eastcambs.gov.uk/tourism-culture
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.
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.
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: www.visitely.org.uk
The ground floor of the Cathedral is wheelchair accessible but only the South Door has level access for entry. If you or one of your guests will be using a wheelchair for the ceremony it is important that you let us know immediately, unless you did so when you booked your tickets.
A ramp and steps will be provided for access to the stage. Graduates using a wheelchair or with mobility difficulties have the option to process on to the stage or to consider an auditorium presentation. Graduates who have declared mobility issues will be contacted to discuss their preference.
A hearing loop is available in the transepts and crossing of the Cathedral.
If you have any additional requirements for yourself or your guests and did not declare this when booking your ceremony please contact the ceremony office on +44 (0)1908 653003 (option 2) immediately to discuss any special arrangements.
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.
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.
In the event of an emergency the instructions of the Cathedral officers should be followed.
Although it's natural for graduates to wish all their family to be in attendance at the celebration of their academic success, a degree ceremony is quite lengthy and can be rather boring for small children. If you do decide to bring young children, we ask that out of consideration to other guests, you remove them from the hall should they become restless during the speeches.