Ordinary ceremonies

On the Ordinary Congregation dates (not May MAs and GA) 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. There are strict limits on the number of graduands and guests who can attend owing to Fire and Safety Regulations. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for additional tickets please email graduation@dow.cam.ac.uk

Please complete and return the Congregation Booking Form to graduate in person or in absence. The deadline for submission, and payment, is three weeks before the date of any Congregation at which you wish to receive the degree. Some congregations are very popular so you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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 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.

Typical timetable for Ordinary Congregations

(for GA and May MA, see below)

Collect academic dress from the outfitters hire shop or designated collection/return point that they will have notified you of.

12 noon - Assemble with your guests in a venue to be confirmed, dressed ready for the ceremony, to collect Senate-House tickets and to meet the Praelector

12.30pm - Lunch with your guests

2.30pm - Graduands to assemble for procession to the Senate-House

2.40pm - Guests to arrive at the Senate-House

3.05 - Graduands to arrive at the Senate-House

4.15pm - Approximate finish time at the Senate-House. Meet guests on Senate-House lawn.

Return academic dress to the outfitters hire shop or designated collection/return point that they will have notified you of.

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.

Congregation enquiries should be made by email to graduation@dow.cam.ac.uk or telephone +44 01223 334811.