You cannot graduate in person until July 2021, and you cannot invite guests until (provisionally) September 2021. You may opt to defer graduation in person until graduation ceremonies resume as usual.
Alternatively you may graduate in absence, but note that you cannot later graduate in person to the same degree. However, those who graduate in absence in the current circumstances will be given a later opportunity to celebrate their degree in College and at the Senate House.
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. You can do this in person or in absence, but in either case Hughes Hall must enter you for a graduation ceremony.
Cambridge has two types of graduation ceremony:
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 other dates are 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||To note for graduation in person
|24 October 2020||none||none||all degrees||mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees|
|28 November 2020||none||none||all degrees|
|30 January 2021||none||none||all degrees||mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees|
|27 February 2021||none||none||all degrees|
|27 March 2021||none||none||all degrees||mainly MA, plus other degrees|
|10 April 2021||none||none||all degrees||mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees|
|1 May 2021||none||none||all degrees||MBA only|
|22 May 2021||none||none||all degrees||mainly EMBA & MFin, plus other degrees|
|3 July 2021 (General Admission 2021)||Refreshments
|BA, MEng/Math/Sci||BA, MEng/Math/Sci||undergraduates only (no guests)|
|24 July 2021||Refreshments
|all degrees||all degrees||mainly PhD, MPhil, MASt & LLM, plus other degrees
|18 September 2021||Refreshments||all degrees||all degrees||mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees|
|23 October 2021||Lunch||all degrees||all degrees||mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees|
Hughes Hall will follow the same pattern as above on the equivalent dates in future years (except for the 2020-21 changes), as published on the University website.