MA Graduation

(MAs for Downing 2012 and earlier matriculands)

Getting your MA

If you hold a Cambridge BA, you may proceed to the MA not less than six years from the end of your first term of residence, providing that you have held your BA degree for at least two years.

Why collect your MA?

Not only will it enhance your CV, but, as an MA of the College, you will be welcome to dine at High Table twice per term, the first time being free of charge, the second at a small cost. Dinner takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday provided two Fellows are present. Please give at least two days’ notice to the Internal Events Co-ordinator (dining@dow.cam.ac.uk) whenever it is your intention to dine.

The Careers Service can help you work out what you want to do, apply for jobs, career change and more. More information here. 

Dates of Congregations to be held in 2019/2020:

2019 MA Graduation: 18 May (conferment of MAs for Downing 2012 and earlier Matriculands and EMBAs)

2020 MA Graduation: 16 May (conferment of MAs for Downing 2013 and earlier Matriculands and EMBAs)

Graduation Day

On the May Degree day, due to the numbers involved, MA graduands may bring one guest to lunch and only one guest to the Senate-House. Please complete and return the MA Congregation Booking Form to graduate in person or in absence. The deadline for submission and payment is Thursday 25 April 2019 at 13:00 GMT.

There is a College Administration Charge of £30. The charge is the same whether the degree is taken in person or in absence. Payment should be made by bank transfer.  Details can be found on the MA Congregation Booking Form

When the Tutorial Office have received your booking form and your payment has been confirmed, you will be sent a confirmation email.

Academical dress

Those graduating wear formal clothes, following the strict dress code, with the correct gown and hood. For further information please see the academical dress page on our website.

Photography

Whilst personal photography is not permitted in Senate House, all graduands attending their ceremony in person will be photographed at the moment that their degree is conferred. For further information please see the photography page on our website.

Please note: There is no accommodation available in College in May.

Typical Timetable for May MA Graduation Day

09:45-10:45: Registration in the Tutorial and Admissions Office (Staircase B) and collection of Senate-House Admission tickets (Graduands should be dressed ready for the ceremony)

10:45: Group photograph of all MA Graduands outside the Chapel

11:15-11:55: Talk given by the Master and the Praelector in the Howard Theatre: Graduands only, Guests to wait in the Sunken Garden or Howard Building (First Floor)

12:00: Reception and Lunch in the Grace Howard and Howard Building

13:35: Graduands to assemble outside the Howard Building for procession to the Senate House

14:00: Procession to the Senate House

14:25: Graduands and their guests to arrive at the Senate-House

15:30: Expected finish time at the Senate House

The actual timetable for the day of your graduation will not be confirmed until a week before the ceremony when the College receives the information from the Student Registry.

If you have any questions about the day, please email graduation@dow.cam.ac.uk

 

EMBA Graduands

As an EMBA graduand you may bring up to three guests to the ceremony in the Senate-House. Additional Senate-House tickets are sometimes available but this cannot be guaranteed.

Please complete and return the Congregation Booking Form to graduate in person or in absence. The deadline for submission and payment is Thursday 25 April 2019 at 13:00 GMT.

There is a College Administration Charge of £30. The charge is the same whether the degree is taken in person or in absence.

Lunch for the EMBA graduand and one guest is provided free of charge. Additional guests may be invited to the lunch (up to a maximum of three) at a cost of £25 per head. Children under 7 years are at a cost of £6.25, children aged between 7 and 15 years are at a cost of £12.50. Your total party size cannot exceed five including yourself.

Payment should be made by bank transfer.  Details can be found on the Congregation Booking Form. When the Tutorial Office have received your booking form and your payment has been confirmed, you will be sent a confirmation email.

Academical dress

Those graduating wear formal clothes, following the strict dress code, with the correct gown and hood. For further information please see the academical dress page on our website.

Photography

Whilst personal photography is not permitted in Senate House, all graduands attending their ceremony in person will be photographed at the moment that their degree is conferred. For further information please see the photography page on our website.

Please note: There is no accommodation available in College in May.

Typical Timetable for May Graduation Day

09:45-10:45: Registration in the Tutorial and Admissions Office (Staircase B) and collection of Senate-House Admission tickets (Graduands should be dressed ready for the ceremony)

11:15-11:55: Talk given by the Master and the Praelector in the Howard Theatre: Graduands only, Guests to wait in the Sunken Garden or Howard Building (First Floor)

12:00: Reception and Lunch in the Grace Howard and Howard Building

13:35: Graduands to assemble outside the Howard Building for procession to the Senate House

14:00: Procession to the Senate House

14:25: Graduands and their guests to arrive at the Senate-House

15:30: Expected finish time at the Senate House

The actual timetable for the day of your graduation will not be confirmed until a week before the ceremony when the College receives the information from the Student Registry.

If you have any questions about the day, please email graduation@dow.cam.ac.uk