Graduate Matriculation - Tuesday 15 October

Matriculation is an important ceremony because it marks the formal admission of each new postgraduate to the College and University.  No other engagement may interfere with these arrangements.  By taking up your place at Cambridge you agree that you will sign the following declaration on Matriculation, which refers to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University in force from time to time.  The current Statutes and Ordinances can be found on the University website.  At the ceremony all new postgraduate students must sign the University Matriculation form and the College Matriculation form.  An example of the declarations you are required to make is provided below for your reference.

'I promise to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University as far as they concern me, and to pay due respect and obedience to the Chancellor and other Officers of the University.'

'I agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations of Downing College as described in the College Statutes and on the Downing College website.'

Before and after the ceremony there are further events which serve to welcome you to the College.

It is the College custom to have a group photograph of all new postgraduates.  This will be taken at 1.00 pm in the main court of the College.  Everyone is required to assemble there punctually at 12.45 pm.  Dress code is as follows, which is defined without reference to considerations of gender identity or expression: 

  • Suit
  • Long trousers or a skirt
  • Shirt or blouse (shirts should be collared and should be worn with a tie or cravat)
  • Dress
  • Smart shoes
  • Jeans or shorts are not allowed

A University of Cambridge academic gown must be worn.  New postgraduate students are required to attend the Howard Lecture Theatre immediately following the photograph, dressed as above, to be formally welcomed to the College and introduced to key College Officers and Departments.  You will also receive important information on the Matriculation ceremony, welfare, safety and security.

Lafayette Photography will be offering individual portraits in the main court of the College (Chapel if wet) from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm.  To book an individual photograph, please contact Lafayette directly on (01223) 815195.

The Matriculation ceremony will take place in the West Lodge and Maitland Room (E staircase).  You will matriculate by the first letter of your surname and should only arrive at the time stated below, which will be available from 1 October onwards:

Matriculation Ceremony - Tuesday 15 October 2019 Surname Time
West Lodge and Maitland Room [E Staircase] A - C 3.00 pm
  D - G 3.15 pm
  H - K 3.30 pm
  L - M 3.45 pm
  N - R 4.10 pm
  S - W 4.25 pm
  X - Z 4.40 pm

Please note, if you have already matriculated as an undergraduate at Downing, you do not need to matriculate again, but you are very welcome to attend the group photograph and Matriculation Dinner.  If you have already matriculated as a member of Cambridge University, you will still need to matriculate as a member of Downing College.

The Matriculation Dinner for new postgraduates will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 15 October in the College Dining Hall, preceded by a Reception at 7.00 pm in the Grace Howard Room.  Dress code is as above.  Please complete and return the Matriculation Dinner Form to the Internal Events Manager by Tuesday 1 October at the latest indicating your attendance and any special dietary requirements.