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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 2024 for Murray Edwards graduands is Saturday 29 June. This will be preceded by a Graduation Dinner in the Dome for graduands and Fellows on Friday 28 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 2024.


    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 22 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 14 June). All those graduating and on 39-week contracts may stay until Saturday 29 June.
    Please note that although College accommodation is free for Graduands on 29th June, 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 29th June.


     Room Prices

    Guest rooms for family and friends are available on Friday 28 June and Saturday 29 June 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 GRADUATIONJ2024 at the time of booking.  

    Single en-suite with breakfast, first night: Price TBC
    Twin en-suite with breakfast, first night: Price TBC

    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 28 June, students and guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 6.00pm on Saturday 29 June.  If staying on the night of 29 June, please vacate by 10am on Sunday 30 June.


    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.   


    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.  



     Graduation Dinner

    Those graduating at GA are warmly invited to attend the Graduation Dinner on 28 June.  

    Unfortunately, you may only attend the dinner if you are graduating on 29 June.  If you will be staying on next year to do a fourth year, you may not attend the dinner this year.