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Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge

Graduation for Undergraduates

Most Undergraduates choose to graduate in June, at the ceremony which is known as "General Admission".

Undergraduates are also welcome to graduate at other ceremonies throughout the year.

General Admission 2017 and all the associated festivities for Graduands and their guests will take place over two days:

Wednesday 28th June

17:00 Dress check & ticket collection Old Court (New Court Marquee if wet)
18:00 Group photo Old Court (Chapel if wet)
19:00 Pre-dinner drinks reception Old Court (New Court Marquee if wet)
19:30 Graduation Dinner Hall

Thursday 29th June

10:50 Dress Rehearsal for Ceremony Old Court (Chapel if wet)
11:40 Guests leave College for Senate House via Main Gate
11:45 Procession of graduands leaves College for Senate House via Main Gate
11:55 Doors of Senate House close to guests  
12:00 Ceremony begins Senate House
13:00 - 16:00 Individual photographs Old Court (Bacon Room if wet)
14:00 - 15:30 Master's Buffet Lunch New Court Marquee
13:00 - 16:00 Exhibition of Manuscripts Parker Library
14:00 - 16:00 Exhibition of Silver Spencer Room (Master's Lodge)
15:30 - 16.15 Graduation Day Chapel Service Chapel

Further Information

  • Formal Dress Check & Ticket Collection: Please come dressed exactly as you intend to be for the graduation ceremony. The Praelector and Tutorial staff will check that your dress is correct and help you to adjust your gown and hood so that they stay in place. Please bring a few safety pins with you if possible. Please also bring your University card, as these must be handed in. You’ll get tickets for your guests to get into both the Senate House and the Master’s Buffet Lunch in exchange for it.

  • Graduation Photograph: This will be available for purchase from the Porters’ Lodge on the afternoon of graduation day.

  • Graduation Dinner: Dress for the dinner is Black Tie with gowns. At the end of the meal itself, before leaving Hall, the legendary Horn will be passed round and all will drink from it. After-dinner drinks will follow in the marquee on New Court.

  • Dress Rehearsal for Ceremony: Please ensure that you are in Old Court, fully dressed for the ceremony, at 10.50am. The Praelector will address you, and will then conduct a short rehearsal. Your guests are welcome to watch the first part of this, but will need to leave College in time to make their way to the Senate House before the doors close to guests at 11.55am. Admission for guests is by ticket only. After the rehearsal, it will be time to line up for the procession to the Senate House. The Head Porter will lead the way, dressed in top hat and tails, followed by the Praelector. You follow behind, along with any Fellows who wish to attend.

  • Graduation Ceremony: Once inside the Senate House, you'll see your guests already seated in either the main part of the room or up in the gallery. You can find more detailed information on the University's Ceremony web page.

  • Security at the Senate House: Please note that the University has issued the following statement to graduands and their guests:

    To ensure that your visit to the University is as safe as possible, enhanced security procedures are currently being implemented.

    At this time, we will not allow rucksacks, holdalls, shopping bags or bags larger than 35cm x 25cm into the Senate House or the surrounding grounds. If you bring them to the Congregation/Honorary Degree Ceremony, you will be asked to make alternative arrangements for their storage or may be denied entry to the event. If you need to keep your bag with you, you must seek assistance from a Proctor/Constable who will check contents prior to entry to the Senate House.

    Please allow sufficient time for the additional delays this may cause.

  • Individual Photographs: It is advisable to pre-book a time via the Lafayette website. Even if you don't book in advance, the photographers should still be able to fit you in on the day. 

  • Graduation Day Chapel Service: You and your families and friends are warmly invited to the optional Graduation Service in the College Chapel.