Last updated 05/12/21

The University has decided that graduation, or the celebration of degrees awarded in absence during the pandemic, can take place ‘in person’ but without guests for the foreseeable future.

Please note that while restrictions due to Covid-19 remain, those opting to graduate in absence will retain the option to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’, but once Congregations in-person and with guests resume, from that point those opting to graduate in absence would no longer be able to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’.

We will keep this page updated as soon as details for each of the ceremonies become clear. In the meantime, please see the FAQs below for more information.

I have already signed up to graduate

Will I be able to invite guests?

It is University policy that guests will not be permitted inside the Senate House due to social distancing measures.

Graduands will be able to invite up to 2 guests to a buffet Reception in College.

The nature of the Covid pandemic is continually unfolding and therefore we must all remain flexible in order to comply with Covid safety regulations. Please check the Graduation Hub for any changes to College guidance as your ceremony gets nearer, to ensure that your guests will be able to safely visit us on the day.

How do I pay for my guest tickets?

Refreshments will need to be paid before the ceremony. Payments can be made at the College reception in person or by phoning +44 (0)1223 336250.

When will I know my timetable for the day?

Student Registry will publish the timetable for each ceremony to Colleges during the week prior to each ceremony. We will then circulate a timetable to graduands that includes your dress rehearsal and dining in College.

What will happen during the ceremony?

Social distancing will be observed in Senate House Yard and in the Senate House itself.

On arrival, you will be queuing, individually distanced, under marquees in Senate House Yard before entering the Senate-House in single file.

During the ceremony, you will proceed through the Senate House and you will stand to receive your degree. Fr Alban McCoy (College Praelector) will give the customary speech to present you and your degree will be conferred individually by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Once you have completed your ceremony you may either visit the Tempest photography services or leave the Yard.

What is the dress code at graduation?

For information on the dress code at graduation, please see the ‘what to wear‘ page in the graduation hub.

What are the rules about face coverings during the ceremony?

Everyone participating in graduation will be expected to wear face coverings inside the Senate-House, unless an exemption applies. The only exceptions to this will be staff required to speak during the ceremony – the Senior Proctor (giving the welcome); Esquire Bedell (reading names); Praelector (presenting graduands), and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (conferring degrees). You will be permitted to remove your mask when your degree is conferred, if you wish to do so.

It is not necessary for face coverings to conform to the normal ‘dark clothes’ dress code, but they should be plain (not patterned), or the College-branded version if preferred, and appropriate for a formal occasion.

More details on dress code can be found on the ‘what to wear‘ page on the Graduate Hub

Will the in person ceremony be live-streamed?

A live-stream of the event will be screened in the Garden Room for guests in College. The live-stream will also be made accessible for family and friends around the world to view the ceremony from their own devices. The live-stream will remain accessible for 2 months after your ceremony.

Please note: by attending graduation in person, you are giving your consent to be included in the live-stream. It will not be possible to take part in the ceremony and not be part of the recording.

Is photography allowed during the Senate-House ceremony?

Photography is not allowed in the Senate House.

However, the University’s official photographers, will offer studio photography and certificate framing services on the day, as well as photographing you inside the Senate-House as your degree is conferred. It will not be possible for graduands to gather in front of Senate-House to take photographs on the day.

Is there anything I should bring with me the ceremony?

In addition to a face covering, you should bring a payment method, if you wish to buy photographs. Preferred payment methods (for hygiene reasons) are card or phone payments. Cash is also accepted.

Ideally, you should not bring bags, as they will have to be left on the lawn for collection after the ceremony. If the weather is wet, umbrellas can be left on the lawn for collection after the ceremony.

I have not yet signed up to graduate

How do I register to graduate?

Registration is via CamSIS. If your Raven account has expired, you can register by choosing CamSIS Extended Self-Service option.

Please check that your contact details (email, telephone and mailing address) are up to date. Your CRSid email will deactivate shortly after you course completion, so please provide an alternative. These details will be used for correspondence before and after you graduate, including mailing your official transcript to you after graduation.

Please note: this process will not work if you graduated in absentia and plan to have your degree celebrated. The Student Registry is exploring the best alternative means of gathering this information and will provide advice on this shortly. We will update this page as soon as College receives further information.

When is the registration deadline for my graduation?

Graduation date Registration deadline
Saturday 18th September Monday 6th September at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 23rd October Monday 9th October at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 26th February, 2022 12th February at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 2th April, 2022 18th March, 2022 at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 30th April 16th April at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 21st May, 2022 7th May at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 2nd July, 2022 (General Admission) 16th May at 9:00 (UK time)
Saturday 23rd July, 2022 7th July at 9:00 (UK time)

What date can I choose to graduate in person this academic year?

  • Saturday 23rd October (Primarily for 2020 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 26th February, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 2nd April, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 30th April, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 21st May, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 2nd July, 2022 (General Admission for undergraduates only)
  • Saturday 23rd July, 2022 (Primarily for 2022 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2021 candidates if necessary)

Can I still defer graduation until normal in-person graduation with guests resumes?

Yes. You are welcome to defer graduation until normal in-person graduation with guests resumes, however depending upon the situation with COVID-19, this may have to be some considerable way ahead. Further information, including dates of future ceremonies, can be found on the University website.

Please note that the format of ceremonies taking place after Saturday 18th September 2021 have yet to be confirmed by the University. We will update the graduation hub and contact all students with further information once this becomes clear.

Can I still opt to graduate in absence and celebrate my degree at a later date?

Yes. If you choose to graduate in absence – or have already done so – you cannot have your degree conferred again, but the option remains to celebrate your degree with guests in a Senate House ceremony at a future date that will be as close as possible to in-person graduation.

Please note, this will not happen before the February 2022 and may have to be some considerable way ahead, depending upon the situation with COVID-19. Further information, including dates of future ceremonies, can be found on the University website.

Please note that the format of ceremonies taking place after Saturday 18th September 2021 have yet to be confirmed by the University. We will update the graduation hub and contact all students with further information once this becomes clear.

Can I provide advice on how to pronounce my name?

You are welcome to send the Praelector’s Secretary, advice on how to pronounce your name, by emailing graduation@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk at least three days before your ceremony. This is so that your details can be passed on to Student Registry in time for your ceremony.

Will I be able to invite guests?

It is University policy that guests will not be permitted inside the Senate House due to social distancing measures.

Graduands will be able to invite up to 2 guests to a buffet Reception in College.

The nature of the Covid pandemic is continually unfolding and therefore we must all remain flexible in order to comply with Covid safety regulations. Please check the Graduation Hub for any changes to College guidance as your ceremony gets nearer, to ensure that your guests will be able to safely visit us on the day.

Will the in person ceremony be live-streamed?

A live-stream of the event will be screened in the Garden Room for guests in College. The live-stream will also be made accessible for family and friends around the world to view the ceremony from their own devices. The live-stream will remain accessible for 2 months after your ceremony.

Please note: by attending graduation in person, you are giving your consent to be included in the live-stream. It will not be possible to take part in the ceremony and not be part of the recording.

I received my degree in absence during the pandemic and wish to have it celebrated

What will happen during the ceremony to celebrate degrees awarded in absence during the pandemic?

If you were awarded your degree in absence during the pandemic and decide to have it celebrated this academic year, you will join each graduation ceremony in the Senate House as normal. You will not be awarded your degree again, as it has been awarded in absence already, but you and your guests will be able to experience a graduation day as close to normal as is possible at this time.

Please note that while restrictions due to Covid-19 remain, those opting to graduate in absence will retain the option to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’, but once Congregations in-person and with guests resume, from that point those opting to graduate in absence would no longer be able to attend a later occasion to have their degree ‘celebrated’.

How do I register to have my in absence degree celebrated at graduation ceremonies this summer?

To celebrate your in-absence degree any of the following dates, please complete the relevant google form:

  • Saturday 26th February, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 2nd April, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 30th April, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 21st May, 2022 (Primarily for 2021 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2020 candidates if necessary)
  • Saturday 2nd July, 2022 (General Admission for undergraduates only)
  • Saturday 23rd July, 2022 (Primarily for 2022 postgraduate finalists, however open to other 2021 candidates if necessary)

Will I be able to invite guests?

It is University policy that guests will not be permitted inside the Senate House due to social distancing measures.

Graduands will be able to invite up to 2 guests to a buffet Reception in College.

The nature of the Covid pandemic is continually unfolding and therefore we must all remain flexible in order to comply with Covid safety regulations. Please check the Graduation Hub for any changes to College guidance as your ceremony gets nearer, to ensure that your guests will be able to safely visit us on the day.

Will the in person ceremony be live-streamed?

A live-stream of the event will be screened in the Garden Room for guests in College. The live-stream will also be made accessible for family and friends around the world to view the ceremony from their own devices. The live-stream will remain accessible for 2 months after your ceremony.

Please note: by attending graduation in person, you are giving your consent to be included in the live-stream. It will not be possible to take part in the ceremony and not be part of the recording.