Graduation

Most undergraduates will proceed to their first degree at the end of their final term, during General Admission.

Graduating from the University of Cambridge

The congregation known as General Admission, is when most undergraduates proceed to their first degree at the end of their final term. This year, General Admission occurred on 3rd July 2021.

Any member of Homerton College who has fulfilled the appropriate examination and residence requirements may proceed at Congregation. Degree ceremonies are held at the Senate House on various dates throughout the year; although Homerton College does not attend every ceremony, only those listed below.

Your degree will not be officially awarded to you until you have participated in a Congregation of the Regent House, either in person or in absentia. Your degree certificate and official University transcript will only be issued once your degree has been conferred, if received in absentia this will be posted to you a few weeks after the ceremony date.

Please note the College will not put forward anyone for graduation who has not settled their College and University bills.

If you wish to put your name forward to receive your degree at any Congregation you will need to contact the Praelectors' Secretary in the Tutorial Office.

Guest entry to the Senate House ceremony is by ticket only. We are allocated three guest tickets for Ordinary Congregations per graduand, and for the MA ceremony, two guest tickets per graduand. Please note, that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, graduation ceremonies in 2021, no guests will be allowed to enter senate house.                                                                                                                   

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

 

Congregation Dates 2021

Homerton graduands may be presented in absentia at any congregation held at Senate House but may only be presented in person on the specified dates. Upcoming dates are highlighted below:

  • 11 September 2021 - General Admission 2020 Celebration day.*
  • 18 September 2021 - Higher Degree Celebration day with congregation.*                      
  • 23 October 2020 **
  • 27 November 2021 - Higher Degree Ceremony. Congregation from Homerton College 

 *These are  in-person but no guests are permitted in the Senate House.

**No congregation from Homerton College but your degree can be conferred in absentia if you contact Praelectors' Secretary at least two weeks in advance.      

Students who became eligible to graduate in 2019/2020
  • Postgraduate students may graduate in absence, defer graduation, or graduate on Saturday 18th September (in person at Senate House, but socially distanced and without guests).
  • Undergraduates who have not yet graduated, or who have graduated in absence may attend a catchup graduation/celebration day on Saturday 11th September 2021 (in person at Senate House, but socially distanced and without guests).
  • Postgraduates who have not yet graduated or who have graduated in absence may attend a catch up graduation/ celebration day on Saturday 18th September 2021 (in person at Senate House, but socially distanced and without guests).

All events are TBC and subject to changes in accordance with government guidelines. Please look out for further updates here and via email. We strongly recommend that you only make travel plans for these events if your bookings are fully flexible or refundable. 

Students who become eligible to graduate in 2020/2021
  • Undergraduates who graduated in absence on 3 July may be able to attend a catch-up graduation/celebration day on Saturday 11 September, depending on numbers, or at some later date. This will be in-person at Senate House, but socially distanced and without guests.
  • Postgraduates who have graduated in absence may attend a celebration day on Saturday 18 September. This will be in-person at Senate House, but socially distanced and without guests.

All dates are subject to change or cancellation, depending on the latest government advice regarding COVID-19. Please look out for further updates here and via email. We strongly recommend that you only make travel plans for these events if your bookings are fully flexible or refundable.

Dress code for General Admission

The University’s academic dress consists of a gown and hood, made of a different material or in a different colour to denote either the wearer's existing degree or the degree they are about to receive. It is the responsibility of the graduand to order and collect their own gown and hood as directed by their outfitter.

Full dress code can be downloaded from this webpage. 

As graduation is a formal occasion, an appropriate standard of dress is expected. The dress code is strictly enforced at the ceremony and if you do not observe it, you may not be allowed to enter the Senate House and therefore not permitted to graduate in person. You are also strongly advised not to leave your booking for your hood and gown to the last minute as outfitters may not be able to guarantee stock.

Persons taking their first Cambridge degree wear appropriate gowns - in the case of undergraduates, their undergraduate gown, with the hood of the degree to be taken. The hoods clearly indicate the degrees sought by graduands. Under no circumstances should a gown of another institution/College be worn

 

Outfitters details 

Ede & Ravenscroft

70-72 Trumpington Street

www.gownhire.co.uk

01223 861854 or 01223 350048

Ryder & Amies

22 King’s Parade

www.ryderamies.co.uk 01223 350371

enquiries@ryderamies.co.uk

A.E. Clothier

7 Pembroke Street

Telephone: 01223 354339


Please note, if you are ordering from Ede & Ravenscroft, gowns will be delivered to the College. You must order no later than three weeks prior to the ceremony. If you are ordering from another outfitter, it is your responsibility to collect your own gown and hood as directed by them.

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