University of Cambridge Graduation Dates

University of Cambridge Graduation Dates

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 – see below for procedure.
  • General Admission, held after the Easter Term, only for BA and related courses (MSci, MEng, MMath) and for Law Masters (LLM, MCL). Elegibile students will be informed directly.

Dates. Dates for 2016-17 are shown below. Timings for the day are confirmed a week before graduation. If you are making plans in advance then please set aside the whole day for your graduation.

DateReceptionGraduate in personGraduate in absence
22nd October 2016Lunch/Teaall degreesall degrees
26th November 2016all degrees
28th January 2017Lunch/Teaall degreesall degrees
25th February 2017all degrees
1st April 2017all degrees
29th April 2017Lunch/Teaall degreesall degrees
20th May 2017Lunch/Teaall degreesall degrees
1st July (General Admission)RefreshmentsBA, MEng/Math/SciBA, MEng/Math/Sci
22nd July 2017Lunch/Teaall degreesall degrees

(The euqivalent dates in 2017-18 are: 21 Oct, 25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 7 April, 19 May, 30 June, 21 July.)

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 six 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.