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.

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.



  • 23 October 2021
  • 27 November 2021 - in absence only*
  • 29 January 2022 - in absence only*
  • 26 February 2022 - in absence only*
  • 26 March 2022 - MA degree ceremony
  • 30 April 2022 - in absence only*
  • 21 May 2022
  • 02 July 2022 - General Admission 
  • 23 July 2022

Following the national move to additional measures to combat the latest Covid-19 variant, the University decided that Congregations will continue to take place without guests until end of April 2022. It is unknown whether the ceremonies from May 2022 onwards will have guests permitted at this stage. 

*'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.