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November Graduation 2017

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We do hope that you will be able to join us on this special occasion, please read carefully the information provided below.

The following information is for eligible graduands who wish to proceed in person at the ceremony on Saturday 25th November 2017. If you have any queries not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact the Praelectors' Secretary  or look on our NEXUS website  which also has a Q&A page.

In order to proceed for your Degree, graduands must meet the appropriate residence and examination requirements. Higher Degree students (M.Phil/PhD/MSt) receive approval from either their Degree Committee or the Board of Graduate Studies. All eligible graduands are expected to have settled any outstanding debt on their College and University account before making arrangements to proceed.

Although most people receive their degree in person, there is no compulsion to do so; you can receive your degree in absence at any of the University ceremonies. Alternatively, you may be presented in person at one of the other Congregations at which the College presents. Please indicate your intention on the registration form below. This must be received by Friday 10th November 2017 at the latest.

Graduation Day

The presentation will take place on Saturday afternoon and admission to the Senate House for any guests you may wish to bring is by ticket only (maximum of 3). The ceremony will be preceded by a dress rehearsal at the College and a Drinks Reception & Buffet for you and your guests. The Drinks Reception & Buffet for you and up to three guests will be free of charge, but there will be a charge for any additional guests of £23.84. Please note that the Drinks Reception & Buffet is by ticket entry only. Graduands who do not wish to attend the reception must attend the registration, robing and rehearsal, as it is a good opportunity to meet with the Praelector who will be presenting you at the Senate House and to run through the proceedings.

Graduation Programme

For your reference, please see the draft programme. You will be contacted by email one week before the Congregation with the Final Programme and timings for the day.

Dress Code

The ceremony is a formal ritual, conducted in Latin and with strict rules about dress and appearance. If you elect to be presented at the ceremony then it is important that you adhere to the rules and dress code.

The University's academical costume consists of a gown and a hood.  It is the responsibility of the graduand to order and collect their own gown and hood from the academical outfitters prior to the robing and dress rehearsal at the College (details about collection will be provided by your outfitter). Please note, gowns are NOT delivered to the College. We strongly advise that you make arrangements as early as possible to hire robes and to shop for appropriate clothing.

The dress code is strictly enforced at the ceremony. To ensure that the correct academic dress is worn, please refer to the dress code as well as the University official guidance on appropriate attire under the gown.

There is no dress code for guests (apart from Cambridge graduates who should wear the appropriate gown) although formal dress is preferred.


The formula for admission to degrees is Trinitarian, i.e. 'in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,' but those of other faiths may have a special non-Trinitarian formula. You can also go through ‘in nomine dei’. If you wish any of these changes to be made, please note this on the Registration form (see link above).

During the ceremony, graduands are required to kneel. Those who are unable to do so (e.g. for religious or mobility reasons) are permitted to stand.  Please indicate this on the Registration Form.

Smoking, photography and mobile phones are not permitted in the Senate House.

Degree Certificates and Transcripts

Original certificates are presented to you immediately after your degree is conferred. There is a charge for replacement or supplementary copies or for an alternative version printed in colour and these are ordered through Student Records.

Graduands presented in absentia will receive their certificate via the College 2-3 weeks following the ceremony.

The name on your certificate is the same as the one held by the University's Student Records office (and as that held on your CamSIS record); if your name has changed, please note this on your form so that your details can be updated. Please also ensure that your full name is written clearly on your Registration Form.

All graduands receive a University transcript free of charge following graduation. These are sent out via the College a few weeks after the ceremony to the address on your Registration Form.

For further more detailed information regarding Graduation, Certificates & Transcripts please see the University website.

Senate House Tickets
Please indicate the number of tickets required (max. 3) for admission to the Senate House
Drinks Reception and Buffet

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