Elements of the Cambridge degree ceremony have their origin amongst the earliest customs of the University some eight hundred years ago.
These pages contain information about all of our graduation ceremonies for our graduands, their guests and members of the public who are interested in this ancient tradition.
If you are about to graduate, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and we hope that your graduation at Cambridge proves to be a truly memorable occasion.
Undergraduates usually proceed to the B.A. Degree, their first degree in most cases, as soon as they are qualified to do so. However, if a student is intending to be a candidate for the M.Eng, M.Math. and M.Sci. Degrees they must defer taking the B.A. Degree until the end of their fourth year.
Congregations for General Admission are held at the end of June. Degrees can, however, be conferred at any of the Congregations, which are held about three times a term and once in the Long Vacation, usually on a Saturday.
As a Bachelor of Arts a student may be admitted as a Master of Arts not less than six years from the end of your first term of residence if two years have elapsed since they were admitted as a Bachelor of Arts. The Degree of Master of Arts denotes a person's standing in the University, and gives admission to membership of the Senate; it does not depend upon further study, or residence, or payment of a fee. Further details are obtainable from Tutors or College Praelectors.