Degrees are conferred by the University at a ceremony in the Senate House known as a Congregation. People due to take a degree ('graduands') are presented for their degrees to the Vice-Chancellor (or deputy) by an officer of the College known as the Praelector. The Praelector for Fitzwilliam College is Dr James Aitken. Administrative assistance to the Praelector is provided by the Tutorial Officer in the Tutorial Office, L Staircase.

Graduation Ceremony

If you are not able to attend in person, you may proceed 'in absence', when your name will be read out and the certificate sent to you after the ceremony. Alternatively, you may choose to attend a later Congregation.

Please note: A degree is not officially awarded until it has been conferred on you either in person or in absence at a Congregation of the Regent House. Your degree certificate will be issued only after the degree has been conferred

Students will not be put forward for graduation until they have settled their College and University bills.


20 October 2018

24 November 2018 (in absence*)

26 January 2019 (in absence*)

23 February 2019 (in absence*)

23 March 2019 (MA Ceremony only)

27 April 2019

18 May 2019

29 June 2019 (General Admission only)

20 July 2019


26 October 2019

30 November 2019 (in absence*)

25 January 2020 (in absence*)

22 February 2020 (in absence*)

21 March 2020 (MA Ceremony only)

25 April 2020

16 May 2020

27 June 2020 (General Admission only)

18 July 2020

*'In absence' means that Fitzwilliam College will not be presenting anyone in person at the Congregation. Your certificate will be sent to you after the ceremony date.

Cambridge graduands enter Senate House