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COVID-19 update

Unfortunately, you cannot graduate in person until July 2021. From then onwards guests can join you for a college celebration, and can watch a livestream of the Senate House ceremony but cannot attend in person. (The number of guests permitted will depend on the number of graduands attending.) We do not yet know when guests will be permitted to attend the Senate House. 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 your 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 officially. 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). 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.


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.

DateCollege ReceptionGraduate in personGraduate in absence
3 July 2021
(General Admission 2021)
Some guests in college
BA, MEng/Math/Sci
No guests at Senate House
BA, MEng/Math/Sci
24 July 2021Refreshments
No guests in college
all degrees, mainly postgraduate
No guests at Senate House
all degrees
18 September 2021 (only for students who were eligible to graduate in 2020)Refreshments
Guests in college uncertain
all degrees, conferral or celebration
No guests at Senate House
all degrees
23 October 2021Refreshments
Guests in college uncertain
all degrees, mainly postgraduate
conferral or celebration
Guests at Senate House uncertain
all degrees
27 November 2021nonenoneall degrees
29 January 2022Refreshmentsall degrees, mainly postgraduateall degrees
26 February 2022nonenoneall degrees
2 April 2022Refreshmentsall degrees, mainly MAall degrees
30 April 2022Refreshmentsonly MBAall degrees
21 May 2022Refreshmentsall degrees, mainly EMBA & MFinall 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.