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 Note
20 Oct 18 Lunch All degrees All degrees
24 Nov 18 All degrees
26 Jan 19 Lunch All degrees All degrees
23 Feb 19 All degrees
30 Mar 19 Lunch All degrees All degrees MA and other degrees
27 Apr 19 Lunch All degrees All degrees Predominantly MBA
18 May 19 Tea All degrees All degrees EMBA, MFin and other degrees
29 Jun 19 (General Admission) Refreshments BA, MEng/Math/Sci BA, MEng/Math/Sci Not MASt
20 Jul 19 Tea All degrees All degrees