Matriculation Dinner

The Matriculation Dinner for new graduates will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 8 October in the College Hall, preceded by a Reception at 7.00 pm in the Grace Howard Room.

Please complete the Postgraduate Matriculation Dinner Form as follows:

  1. Enter your official surname and forenames (no nicknames please).
  2. Enter the subject you will be reading at Downing.
  3. Please tick the 'yes' box to indicate that you will be attending the dinner.
  4. If you are unable to attend the dinner please tick the 'no' box.
  5. Please indicate in the box provided whether you have any special dietary requirements.

Please email this form to the Internal Events Coordinator by Monday 24 September at the latest.  We regret that it may not be possible to cater for any special dietary requests which are received after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Matriculation Dinner?

The Matriculation Dinner is a formal meal to celebrate your entry as a new graduate student into the University of Cambridge and Downing College.  All new graduates are invited to attend, as well as College Officers, such as the Master, Vice Master, Senior Tutor and Graduate Tutors.

What is the dress code?

The dress code is smart; men are requested to wear a jacket and tie, women are to wear a suitable equivalent.  A University of Cambridge gown must also be worn.

Is there a charge for the dinner?

The dinner is free of charge for all new graduates.

Are partners, family members or spouses invited?

Unfortunately, due to space limitations in the Dining Hall guests are not invited.

How long does the dinner take?

Dinner starts at 7.30 pm and generally takes one and a half hours for three courses to be served.  The Master also gives a speech to welcome you to the College.

Is there any entertainment or music?

This is a formal dinner.  Consequently, there is no entertainment or music.