Other Graduation Ceremonies

From June 2021 in person graduation ceremonies will resume, but without guests in attendance either at the Senate House or at the College. The usual hosting arrangements outlined below remain suspended at this time.

You are warmly invited to take lunch on the day in College. You may bring two guests free of charge - others are subject to a charge, and there is a limit on the total number of guests.

The timings of the day vary and depend on how many other colleges are presenting candidates on that day. We will know a few days beforehand when our turn will be but, as a preliminary guide, we recommend that graduands plan to be in Cambridge by 10.30am on the day. We will meet in the Parlour or the Old Library; please arrive dressed in your ceremonial attire. We will have a brief rehearsal just before or after lunch. We will process together from the College to the Senate House.


All guests will need tickets to gain admission to the Senate House, including any children in your party. The automatic allocation is three guest tickets, or two for MA graduands. Tickets will be waiting for you at the Porters' Lodge on the day of the ceremony. Please do let us know in advance if any of your guests are under the age of 14 or have restricted mobility.

In addition to the automatic allocation of guest tickets for the ceremony, spare "Waitlist" tickets can be requested (maximum of two). Please do be aware that the allocation of Waitlist tickets cannot be confirmed until after registration for the ceremony closes and we know the total number of tickets requested. The availability of spare tickets cannot be guaranteed, particularly for ceremonies in the Easter Term.

You can register for a ceremony by completing the Registration for Congregation form.

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The College has limited facilities to accommodate you if necessary: a charge is made for bed and breakfast. Please contact Guests Rooms for further information and availability.


It is important that you make your booking for a Congregation in good time, and certainly no later than two weeks before the date of the Congregation at which you wish to take your degree. Please do so using the Registration for Congregation. Correspondence and any queries should be directed to the Tutorial and Admissions Office (tutorial-office@emma.cam.ac.uk, 01223 334244).

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