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General Admission

Arrangements for General Admission 2019

Graduands from Emmanuel College will be presented in the Senate House on Friday 28 June 2019. We do not yet have a definite time, but the provisional time is 10.55 am.

Only the following Degrees are awarded at General Admission:

  • Master of Engineering (with Bachelor of Arts): M.Eng
  • Master of Natural Science (with Bachelor of Arts): M.Sci
  • Master of Mathematics (with Bachelor of Arts): M.Math
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine: Vet.M.B.
  • Bachelor of Arts: BA
  • Bachelor of Theology for the Ministry: B.Th.

How to Apply

You need to apply to proceed to your degree at General Admission via the Student Self-Service on CamSIS. Tickets for your guests for the Senate House and the College buffet lunch are also applied for in this way. The absolute deadline for application is 3 May 2019. All those eligible to graduate at General Admission will be sent an email, from the Praelector's Secretary, giving more information on how and when to apply.

Timetable for General Admission

27 June (tentative)

Graduands are invited to dine with the Fellows in Hall on Thursday 27 June. Drinks will be served in the Paddock (Old Library if wet) at 7.00 pm and dinner will be at 7.30 pm. We very much hope that as many as possible will be able to attend this dinner as it is an extremely enjoyable occasion. Dress is formal but not black tie. Gowns should also be worn.

28 June (approximate timings)

  • Rehearsal in the Old Library followed by Graduation Photograph in Front Court: 9.30am
  • Assemble to leave for Senate House: 10.10am
  • Guests due at Senate House: 10.40am
  • Graduands due at Senate House: 10.45am
  • Return to College for drinks and buffet lunch: 12.00 noon

Tickets for the Senate House

We are normally able to issue each graduand with three tickets for the Senate House, for family and friends. Additional tickets may be available if required. Children may attend, though you should be aware that it is a very formal ceremony. Those with very young children are advised to sit near to the door. Please note that there is no parking near to the Senate House.

Tickets for the Buffet Lunch

Each graduand may bring up to four guests to the Buffet Lunch in College. Graduands lunch at the College's expense. Guests are charged at £tbc per person and payment for tickets should be made by bank transfer. Senate House and Lunch tickets can be collected from the Tutorial Office date tbc.

Dress for General Admission

A number of officials are employed in the Senate House to enforce a strict dress code. Your Praelector is penalized for any misdemeanours of appearance, so would be glad of careful compliance with the following codes. If you are dressed incorrectly, you may not be permitted to graduate.

These directions are explained in terms of what is generally recognisable as the dress for men and women. This is for the purposes of clarity and because dress, particularly formal dress, continues to be strongly gendered. Graduands are of course free to specify which gender they identify with, and if they do not identify straightforwardly with either gender to choose whichever alternative they feel most comfortable with.


  • A plain black suit, such as a dinner jacket suit. Pinstripes and other patterns are not permitted.
  • A plain, long-sleeved, white shirt. A wing collar sits best with the bands and hood, but a turn down collar is perfectly acceptable.
  • Formal black shoes without patterns or ornamentation, and with dark soles. No sandals.
  • Unpatterned black socks. (You might think this point trivial, but when you kneel down to receive your degree, it all becomes horribly apparent….)
  • White bow-tie and bands.
  • Jewellery must be modest.


  • A plain black suit (with skirt or trousers), or a black skirt or smart trousers without a jacket, or a long-sleeved, black dress. Skirts must be long enough to allow you to kneel and rise with dignity.
  • A plain, long-sleeved, white shirt or blouse, with a black cardigan if required.
  • Formal black shoes without patterns or ornamentation, and with dark soles. Sandals should not be worn. The distinction between shoes and sandals turns on whether your toes are covered.
  • Unpatterned sheer black,tights.
  • Bands are optional for women. They look quite smart, but if you do choose to wear them, though, you need to wear a collared shirt, a bow tie and a jacket as well.
  • Jewellery must be modest; in practice this means that earrings should be small (less than one inch) and not coloured. Similarly necklaces should be modest (e.g. a single string of pearls). Avoid bangles and elaborate belts.
  • The B.A. hood often fails to sit well on women’s shoulders; a safety-pin to hold it on each side is often a good idea.

Gown and Hood

  • For the BA degree: Emmanuel undergraduate gown and BA hood.
  • For the MEng, MSci, MMath, BTh degrees: Emmanuel undergraduate gown and MEng / MSci / MMath / BTh hood as applicable.
  • For the VetMB and LLM degrees: (i) if you already hold a Cambridge degree, the gown and hood of that degree (in most cases BA gown and BA hood); (ii) if you do not already hold a Cambridge degree, the VetMB / LLM hood as applicable, with an 'MA status' gown (if you are aged 24 or over) or 'BA status' gown (if you are under 24). These 'status' gowns resemble the MA and BA gowns, but without strings (the ribbons attached inside the front of the gowns) [see Statutes & Ordinances, pp.178-9].

Academical dress may be purchased or hired from one of three outfitters in Cambridge. A. E. Clothier, Ede & Ravenscroft and Ryder & Amies. Please ensure that you have understood what gown and hood you need (as above), as the tailors have been known to offer incorrect advice. Full specifications of all gowns and hoods are given in Statutes & Ordinances, pp.190-2.

National, military and clerical dress

These may be worn by individuals with a genuine justification and who would normally wear such dress on formal occasions, but we have to ask permission from the Proctors in advance. In such cases you must contact the Praelector ( at least a week before the ceremony so that we can seek the necessary permission. If we haven’t asked for permission, then you must wear the standard dress as described above.


The square cap (‘mortarboard’) is optional, and in any case you are permitted only to carry, not to wear, it for the ceremony.

Those required to wear other forms of head covering for religious or medical reasons may do so without the need to seek explicit permission, but this should be plain black, or failing that, plain white.

College Rooms

Since the programme for General Admission Day (Friday 28 June) begins at 9.30 am, it will be necessary for most people to come into residence on the preceding day, Thursday 27 June. You will be accommodated in your old room where possible. Exeat details will be circulated in the Easter Term.

Car parking

Car parking at the College is very limited, and only those vehicles being used to collect the belongings of graduands will be permitted to park on a first come first served basis (this does not therefore include guests, who should use the Lion Yard car park in Downing Street or the Queen Anne car park on Gonville Place). Any enquiries regarding car parking should be addressed to the Head Porter on 01223 334274.

More Information

The University Website provides more information on Cambridge Degree Ceremonies.

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