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 2019-20 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 College Reception Graduate in person Graduate in absence To note for graduation in person
26 October 2019 Tea all degrees all degrees mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees
30 November 2019 none none all degrees
25 January 2020 Lunch all degrees all degrees mainly PhD & MPhil, plus other degrees
22 February 2020 none none all degrees
28 March 2020 Lunch all degrees all degrees mainly MA, plus other degrees
25 April 2020 Lunch MBA only all degrees MBA only
16 May 2020 Tea all degrees all degrees mainly EMBA & MFin, plus other degrees
27 June 2020 (General Admission) Refreshments BA, MEng/Math/Sci BA, MEng/Math/Sci only undergraduates courses
18 July 2020 Lunch all degrees all degrees mainly PhD, MPhil, MASt & LLM, plus other degrees


Hughes Hall will follow the same pattern as above on the equivalent dates in 2020-21, which are published in the University Reporter.