Undergraduate Matriculation - Tuesday 3 October

Matriculation is an important ceremony because it marks the formal admission of each new undergraduate 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 undergraduate 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 undergraduates.  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 smart; men are requested to wear a jacket and tie, women are requested to wear a suitable equivalent.  Downing College undergraduate gowns must be worn.  Undergraduate Freshers are required to attend the Howard Building Auditorium immediately following the photograph, dressed as above, to be formally welcomed to the College, to receive information on the Matriculation ceremony from the Praelector and to be given talks on welfare, safety and security.

Lafayette Photography will be offering individual portraits in the main court of the College (Chapel if wet) from 10.00 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 (E staircase).  You should only arrive at the time given to you at Registration on Saturday 30 September.

The Matriculation Dinner for Freshers will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3 October in the College Hall.  You should arrive at 7.15 pm.  Dress code is as above.  Please complete and return the Matriculation Dinner Form to the Internal Events Coordinator by Tuesday 12 September indicating your attendance and any special dietary requirements.