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Saturday, 21 October 2017 followed by Graduation High Tea

Saturday, 25 November 2017 Students from Sidney can only graduate 'iIn absentia'

Saturday, 27 January 2018 followed by Graduation High Tea

Saturday, 24 February 2018 Students from Sidney can only graduate 'In absentia'

Saturday, 24 March 2018 Students from Sidney can only graduate  'In absentia'

Saturday, 7 April 2018 Students from Sidney can only graduate 'In absentia'

Saturday, 28 April 2018 followed by Graduation Dinner

Saturday, 19 May 2018 followed by Graduation High Tea - M.A Degree Ceremony

The May Congregation is the College's preferred date for the presentation of candidates for the MA degree as it coincides with our MA Dinner and Reunion.  It is greatly preferred that graduands for other degrees should choose a different Congregation.

Friday, 29 June 2018 Degree Congregation - General Admission and Master's Buffet Lunch

The June Congregation is reserved as a day of General Admission for the presentation of candidates for 'first' degrees;MEng, MMath, MSci, MusB, BA, and BTh and VetMB degrees, only.

Friday, 20 July 2018 followed by Graduation Dinner

Further information on graduation can be found on the University of Cambridge webpage

Undergraduate students (and those taking their LLM and VetMB)

Generally collect their degrees at the end of their final year, at General Admission.  This takes place near the end of June, and details are circulated to eligible students by the Tutorial AssistantMrs Claire Girdlestone (, Tel. +44 1223 3 38844), during Lent Term.

Graduate Students

Graduands (as those about to be admitted to a degree are termed) should arrange their graduation through CamSIS self-service at least three weeks before the intended date of graduation.

MPhil students must have received confirmation on CamSIS of Faculty Degree approval.

PhD students must have received confirmation on CamSIS of approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Students on other courses will need to confirm their eligibility with the Student Registry before booking. 

Please be aware that a condition for graduation is that all University bills must have been paid in full.

The degree ceremony incorporates the Christian Trinitarian formula, meaning that degrees are conferred 'In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit'.  This formula can be omitted, if requested on the booking form.  A further alternative is to request that a simpler formula, ‘In Nomine Dei’ (In the name of God), be used instead.  The ceremony also includes a brief period of kneeling.  Those who do not wish to kneel may opt out on the booking form.

Students may elect to take their degrees in person or in absence.  If you decide to take your degree in absence, you still need to make a formal application to graduate through your self-service.  Everyone who graduates will receive an official degree transcript, normally within six weeks of the Congregation.

On all Congregation days when graduands are proceeding in person, the College provides hospitality for both graduands and their guests, as part of the celebrations.  Please see the list of dates for details. 

If you wish to bring guests, please indicate this (and any dietary requirements) when you book.  You may pay by debit or credit card for guest High Teas or graduand and guest Graduation Dinners - please contact the Tutorial and Student Finance Manager, Mr David Graves (, Tel. +44 1223 7 60972) at least three weeks before the date of your graduation in order to arrange this.  If you need to cancel any guest bookings, please inform the Praelector's Secretary at least 72 hours before the event.

Graduation High Tea

Graduation High Tea is will include a glass of sparkling wine, cake, scones, sandwiches and other items, and, of course, tea and coffee.

Charge to graduands: No Charge

Guests: £21.00 per head

The time and venue of the High Tea will vary a little according to the day's timetable, but is likely to be at 3.00 p.m. 

Graduation dinner

Three courses, with tea and coffee. 

Wine for the dinner may be purchased by graduands from the College Buttery, from 6.00 p.m, in cash, as there are no card facilities and student accounts will have been closed.

No wine or other alcohol may be brought in from outside the College. 

Graduation Dinners will take place at 7.00 p.m. in the Hall.  Bookings can only be taken when eligibility to graduate has been confirmed, and are taken on a 'first come, first served' basis, until the Hall limit is reached. 

Graduands and Guest: £29.40 per head

Dress for Graduation Dinner (graduands and their guests) is 'smart casual', gowns optional; however, it would nonetheless be entirely appropriate, and welcome, if a graduand wishes to attend in their graduation academical dress.


Guest numbers for High Tea and Dinner

Up to five guests may attend High Tea or Dinner apart from the following dates:

July Dinner - Maximum of 3 guests

May Congregation – no guests

Booking and Cancellation Policy

At Sidney Sussex College we are privileged to enjoy excellent Dining and Conferencing facilities and staff.

In order to maintain catering standards of which we are justly proud, we require that  bookings for High Tea and Dinner are made a minimum of three working days before the event.  Therefore, to book on to a dinner held on a Tuesday evening, you would need to have signed up by 5pm on the preceding Thursday, and for a Friday Dinner, 5pm Tuesday.

Dinners may be cancelled up to three working days before the event without charge.  Cancellations made after this may be charged in full.

Dress Requirements

Please note that there are strict University Regulations concerning correct dress at graduation.  The Regulations cover both formal academical dress (gowns and hoods) and the clothing which is deemed suitable to wear with it.

Please refer to the University guidelines on Academical Dress:


The schedule for each Congregation is finalised by the University a week before the event, exact timings are circulated to graduands on the Monday preceding the Saturday Congregation.  


This is held in Chapel in the morning (to which guests are welcome when there is space).  Graduands should attend the rehearsal fully dressed for the degree ceremony.  Dress will be checked by the Praelector, and any errors will need to be rectified before graduands may proceed to the Senate-House.  


The Praelector will lead a small procession from the Porters' Lodge, according to the time scheduled for Sidney graduands to proceed to their degrees.  The time at which Sidney presents graduands varies for each Congregation, but usually falls between 12.00PM and 4.00 p.m.

Each new graduate leaves by the Doctors' Door (leading down into Senate-House Passage), receiving their degree certificate en route, and then awaits their fellow graduates and guests on the Senate House lawn.  Guests will need to remain in the Senate House until the end of the particular session, although this does not typically produce a long wait. Photographs, and other memorabilia, may be purchased by the new graduates at marquees hosted by University staff.

New graduates and their guests may then make their way back to College to attend the Graduation High Tea or Dinner.


Guests should note that they are not permitted to take photographs inside the Senate-House.  The moment of graduation is captured in a photograph which may later be purchased later.

For further information please see -

Guests at Graduation

A graduand may bring up to three guests to the Senate-House, and tickets should be requested at the time of booking.  It is sometimes possible to provide a small number of extra tickets, although this can only be confirmed a week before the ceremony.

Guest tickets for the ceremony must be collected from the Porters' Lodge on the day of graduation.  Guests usually need to leave Sidney, to take their places in the Senate-House, independent of our formal procession from the College.

There is very little shelter near the Senate House and so guests are advised to make adequate provision for wet weather.  It should be noted that the ceremony is not suitable for children under seven.  Noisy children will be required to be removed from the Senate-House during the ceremony.

Guests who are members of the University may wish to wear a gown, although academic caps or bonnets should not be worn inside the Senate House.  Smart dress for a formal occasion is recommended.

Further details can be found on the University website: