When students have successfully completed their course they need to be presented for their degree. Students do not possess their Cambridge degree until it has been conferred on them (in person or in absence) at a graduation ceremony by the Vice-Chancellor or his appointed Deputy.
Dates of degree ceremonies for the current academic year are listed here.
The Praelector, Dr Brian Cox, is responsible, on behalf of the College, for presenting the graduands at a Congregation in the Senate House for the conferring of the degree. Degree Congregations take place many times throughout the year but the Congregation at the end of June is principally reserved for the presentation of Undergraduate Degrees.
Once you have received notification from the Student Registry that you have completed the requirements for your degree you should contact Jane Reilly in the Tutorial Office. She will give you all the information you need to know about graduation; you can also access further information and the application form on the Congregations page. The graduation ceremony, to which you can invite guests, is preceded by lunch in the College to which you will also be able to invite guests.
If a student has not paid his/her fees in full by the time of graduation, he/she will not be able to graduate. If a student has any other debts unpaid (eg for accommodation), he/she will not be presented in person for graduation nor will he/she be invited to participate in any graduation celebrations such as the drinks reception and lunch laid on for graduands and their families.