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Graduation

You can now graduate in person at the Senate House (guests limited to two per graduand) and join a college celebration. The number of guests permitted will depend on the number of graduands attending that day.

Alternatively you may graduate in absence, but note that you cannot later graduate in person to the same degree.

You cannot obtain a degree certificate without graduating in person or in absence. If you have completed your course requirements but not graduated, you can still claim to have completed your degree and can obtain a transcript to confirm this.

You must graduate in order to obtain your degree officially. You can do this in person or in absence, but in either case Hughes Hall must enter you for a graduation ceremony.

Ceremonies

Cambridge has two types of graduation ceremony:

  • Congregation, held on eight dates throughout the year, for all degrees including MA.
  • General Admission, held after the Easter Term, only for BA and related courses (MSci, MEng, MMath). Eligible students will be informed directly.

Apart from General Admission, the university does not specify particular dates for particular degrees, and each college is free to make its own arrangements. The President, Fellows and Senior Members of Hughes Hall would like to celebrate the occasion with you and your guests, so we encourage you to graduate in person on one of the seven dates when we offer a reception or refreshments. However, we recognise that this will not be possible for everyone, so these dates and two others are also available for graduation in absence.

Dates

The ‘normal’ dates and arrangements for 2020-21 have been changed and/or supplemented due to COVID-19. Please contact the Tutorial Office before making any arrangements.

Timings for the day are confirmed at the beginning of the week of the graduation ceremony. If you are making plans in advance then please set aside the whole day for your graduation.

 

Date College reception Graduate in person Graduate in absence
22 Oct 2022
We have now reached capacity for this date
Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
All degrees All degrees
26 Nov 2022 No No All degrees
28 Jan 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
All degrees All degrees
25 Feb 2023 No No All degrees
01 Apr 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
All degrees, mainly MA All degrees
29 Apr 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
MBA and MSt only All degrees
20 May 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
All degrees, mainly EMBA and MFin All degrees
01 Jul 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
BA, MEng/MMath/MSci Undergraduate degrees only
22 Jul 2023 Refreshments
Guests in College and Senate House limited to 2 per graduand
All degrees All degrees

 

Hughes Hall will follow the same pattern as above on the equivalent dates in future years (except for COVID-related changes), as published on the University website.