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A Celebration of your 2020 Degree

Stained glass window bu Stanley Library

Welcome from the Mistress


Celebration Ceremony

Please fill out the online form by Tuesday 10 August, if you wish to attend the celebration event.

Please note that while this is the main College-based celebration for Girton’s 2020 General Admission cohort, the University does allow degrees to be confirmed in person at any Congregation for which that degree is eligible. Dates for the forthcoming academic year are available here.

Photographs will be taken for the duration of this event. If you wish to opt-out of photographs, please get in touch with the Communications Officer in advance via, and/or please inform the photographer on the day.

Accommodation Packages

If you and your guests wish to stay overnight at Girton before and / or after the event please email the Events & Bookings office with the subject line Celebration Sept 11th 2021, stating your preferences from the special celebration packages below:

 All rooms are provided with tea,coffee making facilities, towels and toiletries.


  • B&B Single Standard £53.70 inc Vat
  • B&B Double Standard £93.90 per room (limited amount available)
  • B&B Double En-suite S £113.70 per room (limited amount available)

For the standard options in College, there will be one designated WC/shower per household.

Swirles Court

  • Room Only Single En-suite £46.20

Guests staying at Swirles Court can book breakfast at College, £10 per person, please note this in your email.

If you have any queries regarding the Accommodation Packages, please contact the Events & Bookings Office on 01223 338949 or


Students wearing academic dress in Old Hall


Academic Dress

Students who graduated in absence and are having their degrees celebrated should wear the dress of their highest Cambridge degree.

Arrangements have been made with Ede & Ravenscroft to deliver academic dress to the College for those celebrands who wish to use this service.

If you do wish to do this you must order your academic dress directly with Ede & Ravenscroft via their online booking form or telephone 01223 861854 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE making sure that you adhere to Ede & Ravenscroft deadlines. Please note that Ede & Ravenscroft suggest booking academic dress 21 days before the ceremony date, as they cannot guarantee what date their website will close after this.

For any purchase enquiries please telephone: 01223 350048 (shop) or 01223 861854

Gowns, hoods etc. that have been ordered will be handed out on the morning of Saturday 11 September ahead of the rehearsal. Exact times will be confirmed nearer the date.

Under these arrangements, celebrands must either return their academical dress after the ceremony to a designated area at College, where it will be collected by Ede & Ravenscroft, or academical dress (other than gowns) can be returned at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Trumpington Street. Gowns must be returned to Downing Place United Reformed Church (next to John Lewis).

You may also hire or buy academical dress from the following supplier, but please note that if you are not using the Ede & Ravenscroft service, you are responsible for collecting and returning your academic dress:

Ryder & Amies
22 King’s Parade,Cambridge CB2 1SP

Please make sure that you adhere to any suppliers deadlines for ordering academic dress to prevent delay in receiving it.

What to wear with academic dress

There are strict rules regarding what graduands and celebrands should wear with their academic dress. Please make sure you read the ‘Dress Instructions’ document below so that you know what kind of suit/clothing and shoes are acceptable.

Please note for this year graduands and celebrands must wear a face covering while at the Senate House. This must be plain (not patterned), and appropriate for a formal occasion.

If you have any queries about either the academic dress that you need to order or what you are going to wear with your academic dress, please email as we can advise you.

Joining the ‘family’ of Girton alumni

Once a Girtonian, always a Girtonian

Wherever life takes you after leaving the College we hope that you will stay in touch and let us know your news; whether about your career, hobbies, interests, family or any other life events. You are always welcome to visit the College, either as part of our extensive events programme, or if you just happen to be in the area. Family and friends are welcome too! Please find below further information about the College’s activities and the services available to you as an alumnus/alumna which we hope will be useful, if you have any queries or suggestions please do let us know.



How to make a Bas-Bleu Cocktail/Mocktail (Blue Stocking)

The Bas-Bleu cocktail, invented by Secretary to Council, Dr Caroline Shenton, might well be thought of a ‘Girton in a Glass’. Here Dr. Shenton shows you how to make it and explains why it is so special. There is a mocktail version too!


Sit back, sip your cocktail/mocktail and enjoy the spirit of Girton while watching the finale of our 2020 online degree ceremony with a heartwarming Fellows’ ovation as the choir sing the Triumphal Ode, written in 1948 by former Mistress Muriel Bradbrook to mark the first admission of Girton students to their hard-won degrees

A Girton Farewell