Graduating at other Congregations
When to Apply
Graduation Ceremonies are held throughout the year and you may graduate at all ceremonies other than General Admissions, with any University of Cambridge degree.
If you are a Graduate student you will know that you cannot take your degree until the Board of Graduate Studies Committee has officially approved you, even if you have been told informally that you have passed. You are advised to discuss with the Course Director, or Graduate Administrator at your Department, which Ceremony date would be most suitable for you.
The Board of Graduate Studies Committee meets monthly during the academic year. If the date of the Committee Meeting is very close to your chosen Degree Ceremony, it may be necessary for you to apply to graduate before you have received formal approval for the degree. Candidates can be withdrawn from the graduation list at any time, but cannot be added after the University deadline.
Senate House and Tickets for Guests
We are normally able to issue each graduand with 2 or 3 tickets, for the Senate House for family and friends. You do not need a ticket for yourself. Children may attend, though you should be aware that it is a very formal ceremony. Those with very young children are advised to sit near to the door. Please note that there is no parking near to the Senate House.
College Arrangements and Lunch
The timetable and arrangement in College varies from ceremony to ceremony. Depending on the time of year, there will be either a 3 course lunch, or a light buffet lunch, before the Ceremony. Your own lunch will be provided free, but you are required to pay for your guests. Guest limits and payment instructions are detailed on the online booking system. Tickets are not allocated for lunch.
Timetable for the day
The exact timetable, which depends on the University arrangements for the Senate House ceremony, is not available until a few days beforehand, and will be displayed in the Porters Lodge on the day itself. The University Congregation starts at 11.00am, but Colleges are divided up into groups.
Fitzwilliam students are always presented sometime in the afternoon.
The College Lunch is usually held at about 12.30pm. Whether or not they choose to attend the lunch, all graduands must meet with the Praelector in the College, for final instructions, before processing down to the Senate House together.
Further Details and Lunch prices
Approximately a month before the date of the Ceremony, the Praelector's Office will send further details, to all who have submitted an application form, of the College arrangements.
More Information - on Cambridge Degree Ceremonies is available on the University of Cambridge Website