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.
|Date||Reception||Graduate in person||Graduate in absence|
|22nd October 2016||Lunch/Tea||all degrees||all degrees|
|26th November 2016||—||—||all degrees|
|28th January 2017||Lunch/Tea||all degrees||all degrees|
|25th February 2017||—||—||all degrees|
|1st April 2017||—||—||all degrees|
|29th April 2017||Lunch/Tea||all degrees||all degrees|
|20th May 2017||Lunch/Tea||all degrees||all degrees|
|1st July (General Admission)||Refreshments||BA, MEng/Math/Sci||BA, MEng/Math/Sci|
|22nd July 2017||Lunch/Tea||all degrees||all 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.
- For information about what happens on the day of the graduation ceremony itself, please see the Graduation Day page
- To find out what you need to do to graduate, see the What You Need To Do page
- There are strict regulations on clothing and dress at graduation ceremonies, please see the What You Need To Wear page for information
- For information about Certificates and Transcripts, see the Certificates and Transcripts page.
- See also the list of Frequently Asked Questions about graduation.