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University of Cambridge

General Admission

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    Photo of graduates on the steps at Senate House
    Graduates on the steps at Senate House

    These are provisional arrangments and may be subject to change.

    Although congregations are held at intervals throughout the year, the late June or early July congregation is set aside for what is called General Admission, at which most undergraduates proceed to their first degrees at the end of their final term. Also included at this time are those receiving their Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

    General Admission 2023 for Murray Edwards graduands is Saturday 1 July. This will be preceded by a Graduation Dinner in the Dome for graduands and Fellows on Friday 30 June, at 19:30, with a reception in the Fellows' Drawing Room from 19:00.



    The timetable will not be confirmed until about a week before the ceremony.  The 2022 timetable is available as a guide only for 2023.


    What to Wear

    Please check the academical dress web page for information. You may wear your own academic gown as long as it is clean and pressed. The alternative is to hire a gown and the appropriate hood for the degree that you will be receiving. You will require a gown (no hood) for the Graduation Dinner on Friday. If you order through Ede & Ravenscroft, they offer a 'Collect in College' service.  

    Please note that it is important that you order your gown and hood well in advance.



    All students on a 33-week contract may remain in College until Saturday 25 June without incurring extra rent (except for Buckingham House residents, who will be charged for the College room booked after the end of Full Term on Friday 16 June). All those graduating and on 39-week contracts may stay until Saturday 1 July.
    Please note that although College accommodation is free for Graduands on 1st July, you still need to book a room with the Accommodation Office.  Unless they have booked accommodation for the Saturday night, all students and guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 18:00 on Saturday 1 July.


     Room Prices

    Guest rooms for family and friends are available on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July on a first-come basis and may be booked online between 1st –and 31st May. To obtain the rate shown below, please use the promotional code GRADUATIONJ2023 at the time of booking.  

    Single en-suite with breakfast, first night: £76.65
    Twin en-suite with breakfast, first night: £114.75

    There is a 10% discount for stays of longer than one night.  If you or your guests would like to stay for longer than 2 nights, please email Accommodation.

    If only staying on the night of 30 June, students and guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 6.00pm on Saturday 1 July.  If staying on the night of 1 July, please vacate by 10am on Sunday 2 July.


    Find out about photography at Senate House on Graduation Day. 

    As well as taking the formal group photograph on the Friday, photographers will be present in College on Saturday to take studio-style portraits as well as more informal pictures of graduands and their guests.



     Tickets for the Ceremony

    You may request up to two free tickets for the ceremony in the Senate House (you will not need a ticket for yourself).  

    We expect to have a small number of spare tickets and, if so, these will be allocated by ballot.  Please note that no more than one ballot ticket will be allocated to any Graduand.  You can apply for tickets and a place in the ballot on the Eventbrite GA page.  The deadline for applications is 11 May.


    Tickets for the Garden Party

    You may request up to three free tickets to the Garden Party: you will require a ticket for yourself.  You may also purchase up to 4 additional tickets for the Garden Party.  

    Garden Party tickets may be ordered/purchased on the Eventbrite GA page; the deadline for this is 11 May.


     Graduation Dinner

    Those graduating at GA are warmly invited to attend the Graduation Dinner on 30 June.  Please select a Graduation Dinner ticket at the Eventbrite GA page; the deadline for this is 11 May.

    Unfortunately, you may only attend the dinner if you are graduating on 1 July.  If you will be staying on next year to do a fourth year, you may not attend the dinner this year.