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Candidates, other than BAs, who are suitably qualified by examination, residence and having discharged their College accounts may be admitted to their degrees at any Congregation of the Regent House. (Candidates considering applying for the July ceremony should note carefully the requirement that their College accounts be clear of debt – College bills will have been sent out just in advance of this date and some candidates may need to be prepared to pay a large sum at short notice especially if they have asked to remain in College accommodation after their graduation.)

The dates for 2019-2020 are Saturdays 26 October (11.00am), 30 November (2.00pm) 25 January 2020 (2.00pm), 22 February (in absence only), 21 March (MA congregation) (11.00am), 25 April (11.00am), 16 May (10.00am) and Friday 17 July (10.00am).  The times given above are for the start of the day’s proceedings; the exact times for Pembroke’s sessions are known less than one week before each congregation, and graduands will be notified of their timetable by the College.

General Admission to M.Eng., M.Sci., Vet M.B., Mus. B., B.A., B.Ed., and B.Th. degrees will take place on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Graduands may be admitted to their degrees either in person or in absence. If you would like to proceed then please complete, in either case, a written request which must be submitted to the Praelector at least two weeks before the intended Congregation. Once your request has been received by the Praelector then you will receive confirmation of the date and details of the graduation. It should not be assumed that simply asking to graduate will secure a place; written confirmation (in the form of an email from the Praelector's Secretary) is necessary.

Graduation at Cambridge has proceeded relatively unchanged for several hundred years, and there are various rules and regulations concerning the dress code. Specific rules apply for 'General Admission', where undergraduates receive their first degree.

Information concerning degree ceremonies is available on the University's website but there are couple of things to bear in mind:

Pronunciation of your name

During the ceremony, a Senate House official will read out your first and last names. If either of these has an unusual pronunciation or is often mispronounced, then please contact Dr Arbabzadah ( with a brief explanation of the correct pronunciation.  He will pass the information on to the relevant Senate House official.

Form of words used in the Ceremony

Most of you will be admitted to your degree by the Vice-Chancellor’s deputy with the following words (only the Latin is said aloud):

Te etiam admitto ad gradum [X].  (‘I admit you also to the degree of [X].’)

However, all recipients of the PhD and the first person to receive every other degree (e.g. MPhil) will hear the following words (again, only the Latin is said):

Auctoritate mihi commissa admitto te ad gradum [X], in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. (‘ By the authority given to me, I admit you to the degree of [X], in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.’)

If you have a religious objection to being admitted to your degree in the Christian Trinitarian formula, then please contact Dr Arbabzadah ( and express a preference for one of these two options:

  1. Replace in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ‘in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit’ with in nomine Dei ‘in the name of God’ (i.e. without specifying the Christian God)
  2. Omit in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. (i.e. the non-religious formula).
Contact Details

Praelector: Dr Moreed Arbabzadah

Praelector's Secretary: Mrs Frances Kentish (Tel. 338115; Fax 766409).

Please address questions about General Admission to Mrs Sally Clowes.