How do I register to graduate?

Graduation applications are in the hands of the student.  The student will need to apply for the graduation they’d like to attend.

You cannot be awarded a degree until you have satisfied the necessary academic conditions for your programme.   You may become eligible to apply for a congregation a few months prior to completion of your programme, however, each programme is different and this may not always be the case.  If you believe you should be able to apply before the end of your programme, you can check with the Graduation Hub ( to be sure.  

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

It is your responsibility to confirm all the necessary arrangements have been made with the College before notifying family and friends and the College cannot be held accountable for any disappointed travel or accommodation arrangements.

Dates for graduation registration opening and closing for the current academic year can be found here: Academic Year 2023-2024

Please check that your  CamSIS 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 External email address and mark this as your Preferred email. These details will be used for correspondence before and after you graduate, including mailing your official transcript  and/or degree certificate to you after graduation.

When will upcoming graduation ceremonies be held?

A full list of graduation dates can be found here: What date can I choose to graduate in person this academic year?

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

Undergraduate students

Assessment results will need to have been processed before you can graduate.

The College will not put you forward for graduation if you have not settled your College and University bills. You can check your account by contacting our Student Finance Team by email at

Postgraduate students

You must have received confirmation of approval for your degree from your Faculty or Degree Committee. Please check with your department when your Degree Committee will approve your degree.

The College will not put you forward for graduation if you have not settled your College and University bills. You can check your account by contacting our Student Finance Team, at

I am a PhD student due to graduate, what do need to do?

You must have had your final approval from the Student Registry to be able to graduate.  You will need to check that your Degree Committee is meeting and if any corrections post viva will be done in time. Both the hard-bound and electronic copies of your thesis must be submitted and approved by the Student Registry at least 10 days before the degree ceremony you wish to attend.

For more information regarding the final submission of your thesis, please click here.

Am I eligible to graduate at General Admission?

General Admission is when most undergraduates are awarded their first degrees and only the degrees of BTh, BA, VetMB and BA with MEng or MMath or MSci degrees will be conferred.  Please see the information for when the registration opens and closes for General Admission here.

The M.B. is not awarded at General Admission. The earliest this can be conferred is at the ordinary congregation in July. 

When will I become eligible for the M.A.?

A Bachelor of Arts may be admitted to Master of Arts not less than six years from the end of his or her first term of residence, provided that a supplicat for the latter degree may only be entered after the former degree has been conferred.

This removes the previous requirement for the B.A. Degree to be held for two years before the M.A. can be conferred.

Someone who qualified for the BA but has never had it conferred cannot be entered for the MA, even if the necessary time has passed since the end of their first term of residence, unless and until the BA has been conferred on them.  

More information on the eligibility for the M.A. can be found on the University of Cambridge webpage here:  M.A. Eligibility

You can sign up to a congregation ceremony on CamSIS. If your Raven account has expired, you can register via the CamSIS Extended Self-Service option.

For more information on the M.A. degree conferral at St Edmund’s please contact the Graduation team at

What is graduating in absence/absentia?

Graduating in absence/absentia is when you have your degree awarded without attending a ceremony in person. After the ceremony has taken place, your official transcript and degree certificate will be posted to you.

If you choose to have your degree awarded ‘in absence’, you cannot then proceed to have that degree awarded ‘in person’ at a subsequent ceremony.

Those graduands who received their degree during the Covid-impacted congregations (March 2020 to April 2022) can return to celebrate their degree.  More information can be found in the section Celebrating a degree


Can I have my degree certificate and official transcript emailed to me?

The University does not email PDF copies of degree certificates and official transcripts for authenticity reasons. However, the University does provide a service that allows you to share documents online with other organisations, such as employers or educational institutions. Further information is available here.

Also, no degree certificate can be provided unless you have attended a congregation (graduation) either in person or in absence.  More information on this can be found here:  Eligibility

Can I provide advice on how to pronounce my name?

You are welcome to send the Graduation team advice on how to pronounce your name, by emailing one week before your ceremony. This is so that your details can be passed on to Student Registry in time for your ceremony.  No information regarding pronunciations will be accepted at the Senate-House on the day of your ceremony.

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