Other Graduation Ceremonies

From June 2021, in-person Graduation ceremonies will resume, but without guests in attendance at the Senate House. Up to two guests will be hosted in College on the day of the ceremony, and the format of these arrangements will be confirmed when booking. Details given below concerning guests do not currently apply.

The University holds 10 Congregations every year, which usually take place on Saturdays, two—three times a term, and any degree can be conferred at these.

These Congregations are generally smaller than General Admission & MA Congregation, and usually consist of people being presented for postgraduate degrees such as the PhD and MPhil. The Colleges do not present students in person at all of these.

As with other ceremonies, each degree can only be conferred once, either in person or in absence. If a degree is conferred in absence, it cannot then be conferred in person at a later date.

It is vital that Congregations are booked in significant advance, and no later than two weeks before the selected date.

Arrangements for other Congregations

  • If our students have not graduated in person, they can selected a convenient date and book for the ceremony online.
  • The timings of the day vary, and depend on numbers of graduands from other colleges.
  • The College welcomes graduands to lunch in Hall on the day, with 2 guests (further guests are subject to a small charge)
  • We recommend arrival in College by 1030, dressed in graduation attire.
  • The Dean will meet graduands in the Parlour or the Old Library for a brief rehearsal, before procession to the Senate House.


  • All graduands are offered 3 guest tickets (or 2 for the MA graduation), and they will be available for collection in the Porters' Lodge. Entry to the Senate House is ticket-only.
  • At least 5 days' notice is necessary if there are any reasonable adjustments that need to be made for access, or if any guest is under 14.
  • Spare 'Waitlist' tickets can be requested (max. 2 guests). Allocation is confirmed after the end of the registration period, and availability cannot be guaranteed (particularly in Easter Term)


The College's Guest Rooms department can be contacted to enquire about our facilities, if necessary.

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