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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 2022 for Murray Edwards graduands is Saturday 2 July. It is hoped that this will be preceded by a Graduation Dinner in the Dome for graduands and Fellows on Friday 1 July, at 19:30, with a reception in the Fellows' Drawing Room from 19:00.


    Confirmed timetable for 2019 General Admission is here.  (Please use this as a guide only for 2022)

    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 17 June). All those graduating and on 39-week contracts may stay until Saturday 2 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.  All students and, if we are able to invite them, guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 18:00 on Saturday 2nd July.

     Room prices

    Guest rooms for family and friends are available on Friday 1 July  and Saturday 2 July on a first-come basis and are available to book accommodation online between 1st –and 31st May. To obtain a special rate, please use the promotional code GRADUATION2022 at the time of booking.  
    If you or your guests would like to stay for longer than 2 nights, please email
    A single en-suite is £53.72 and a twin en-suite is £76 per night. Please note, these prices do not include breakfast, which will be available in the Dome Dining Hall for a charge.
    If only staying on the night of 1 July, students and guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 6.00pm on Saturday 2 July.  If staying on the night of 2 July, please vacate by 10am.


    Find out about photography at Senate House on Graduation Day. 

    As well as taking the formal group photograph on the Friday, the 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 and garden party

    You may request tickets for up to 2 guests to go to both the Senate House and the Garden Party (you do not need a ticket for yourself).  The number of people allowed in the Senate House has been reduced to comply with Health and Safety regulations and our ticket allocation is strictly limited.  We may have a small number of spare tickets and, if so, these will be allocated by ballot.  You can apply for tickets and a place in the ballot on the Eventbrite GA page.  The deadline for applications is 6 May.

     Graduation Dinner

    Those graduating at GA are warmly invited to attend the Graduation Dinner on 1 July.  We have assumed that you will all want to attend but please select a Graduation Dinner ticket at the Eventbrite GA page to give us your dietary requirements.  If you do not give us any dietary requirements, you will be given the standard meal.  To avoid wastage, if you do not want to attend the dinner, please go to the Eventbrite GA page, select a Graduation Dinner ticket and check the ‘I am not coming’ option.  The deadline is 6 May.

    Unfortunately, you can only attend the dinner if you are graduating on 2 July.  If you will be staying on next year to do a fourth year, you may not attend the dinner this year.