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Degree ceremonies

For Postgraduates or Undergraduates who wish to graduate or may have delayed their graduation.

Congregation Dates for Michaelmas term and beyond - Once we know which dates Girton students will be able to attend a Congregations at Regent House, we will add the details to this web page. Please keep checking this page

Graduands may be presented in person or in absence unless otherwise stated. *If you have graduated in-absence since March 2020, you may apply to celebrate your graduation at a celebratory ceremony at Senate House, with hospitality offered at Girton College in the future but only if you graduate in-absence before guests are once again permitted to attend Senate House.

 

For Michaelmas term and beyond, we will be adding the dates to this page as soon as we have them confirmed.  

We are delighted to be welcoming guests to attend Senate House ceremonies. Students can invite up to two guests to attend their graduation at Senate House, and also to enjoy hospitality at Girton college. Guest tickets for the hospitality at college will cost £21.50/guest and can be paid for by bank transfer. Your application will be processed once a bank transfer has been received for any buffet payments due. Please use the following link for details on how to pay. All dates are subject to change or cancellation, dependant on the latest government advice regarding COVID-19. 

Academic dress hire

You may hire or buy dress from either of the following Cambridge suppliers:

Ede and Ravenscroft

70-72 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RJ

www: www.gownhire.co.uk or 01223 861854

Purchase Enquiries: 01223 350048(shop) or 01223 861854

Ryder and Amies

22 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SP

www: www.ryderamies.co.uk

Email: sales@ryderamies.co.uk  

What to wear at graduation

As graduation is a formal occasion, an appropriate standard of dress is expected. The dress code below is strictly enforced at ceremonies, and if you do not observe it, you may not be permitted to graduate on a particular occasion. A female University Constable will check your dress on arrival in the Senate House and will adjust if required.

Dress Option One 

  • A black or very dark grey lounge suit, or a dinner jacket. These must be dark enough not to contrast obviously with a black gown (which means that they must be so dark as to appear black when worn with the gown).
  • Trousers must be full-length and reach to the shoe.
  • If a belt is worn, the buckle must be discreet.
  • A plain, long-sleeved, collared, white shirt.
  • Formal plain black shoes (if laced the laces must be black). Sandals are not permitted.
  • Unpatterned black or very dark grey socks.
  • White bow-tie and bands must be worn.

Dress Option Two

  • A black or very dark grey skirt suit or trouser suit, or a black/very dark skirt without a jacket, or a black/very dark grey, long-sleeved dress. These must be unpatterned and dark enough not to contrast obviously with a black gown (which means that they must be so dark as to appear black when worn with the gown).
  • Trousers must be full-length and reach to the shoe.
  • Skirts and dresses must be at least knee length.
  • If a belt is worn, the buckle must be discreet.
  • A plain, long-sleeved, white shirt or blouse (unless a long-sleeved dress is worn). Arms must be covered.
  • Formal plain black shoes (if laced the laces must be black). Sandals are not permitted.
  • Legs must be covered in unpatterned black, nearly-black, or natural coloured hosiery.
  • A white bow-tie and bands may be worn (optional) but only with a properly collared white shirt.

A long-sleeved white shirt must be worn (unless you are wearing a black, long-sleeved dress).  

A black cassock may be substituted for a dark suit, skirt or dress in either Dress One or Two, but it must be worn with either a white bow-tie and bands or a clerical collar and bands.

Please note:  

  • very high heels, open toed shoes, slingbacks, boots, clogs and mules are not permitted
  • Plain, black or neutral stockings or tights, or black socks under trousers must be worn – bare legs are not permitted
  • Visible tattoos must be covered

Graduands and celebrands must not:

  • Carry a handbag
  • Wear heavy jewellery – small stud earrings and simple rings only are permitted
  • Wear anything on their head – except for religious reason (please check with the Tutorial Office or Praelector)

Headdress

The square cap, or 'mortarboard', is optional for graduands and celebrands at Cambridge. If you do decide to wear one on the day, you are not permitted to wear or carry it in the Senate House and should leave it with a guest.

Jewellery

Conspicuous jewellery and hair accessories are not permitted.

Hair Colouring and Style

Exaggerated hair colouring and/or styles are not appropriate and graduands and celebrands are asked to adopt a neat and tidy hair style.

National, Clerical and Military Dress

National dress and service uniforms are not permitted.  A black cassock may be substituted for a dark suit, skirt or dress in either Dress One or Two, but it must be worn with either a white bow-tie and bands or a clerical collar and bands.

If you are in any doubt about your dress, please consult the Tutorial Office or College Praelector.  

All Graduands and Celebrands must adhere strictly to the Regulations outlined.  

Covid Guidance

The health and wellbeing of the whole College community and guests is of the upmost importance to us and therefore we ask you and your guests to follow the below COVID-19 guidelines.

  • If you feel unwell, especially if you have Covid symptoms, please do not attend the event.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times whilst inside the College buildings unless you are medically exempt or consuming food and drink.  
  • Please observe social distancing as much as possible
  • We encourage all guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid

Applications for 22nd July have closed

 If you wish to have access to your official transcript electronically and share it on-line with other organisations for job applications and other education institutes you can access this via Digitary - further information is available here.

All those who have graduated in absence during the lockdown period will receive paper copies of certificates and transcripts. Please note that these documents are being sent to the College several months after the in-absence congregation took place, therefore it would be very helpful if you could supply an alternative email address to your CRSid on your graduation application form.  

A single original degree certificate is issued without charge to all those proceeding to degrees. A fee is charged for each additional copy requested. The University offers an alternative design certificate bearing the arms of the University printed in colour. This is available to order at an additional charge. For further details, got to the link noted above.  

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