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:

  • 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). Elegibile 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 other dates are available for graduation in absence.

Graduation procession

Dates. Dates for 2017-18 are shown below. 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 Reception Graduate in person Graduate in absence
21st October 2017 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees
25th November 2017 all degrees
27th January 2018 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees
24th February 2018 all degrees
7th  April 2018 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees
28th April 2018 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees
19th May 2018 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees
30 June (General Admission) Refreshments BA, MEng/Math/Sci BA, MEng/Math/Sci
21st July 2018 Lunch/Tea all degrees all degrees