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Congregation Dates for the Remainder of 2021

From the end of June 2021, Congregations for the remainder of the 20/21 academic year will resume offering ceremonies in person as well as in absence. If attending in person, no guests will be permitted to attend the ceremony at Senate House, only the individuals being presented for conferral or celebration of a degree will be admitted into Senate House. The College will instead be offering Covid-safe hospitality to which graduands and celebratees are able to invite a maximum of two guests.

If you have previously had your degree(s) conferred in absence since March 2020, following the suspension of Congregations, you may now attend a Congregation in order to have your degree(s) formally acknowledged and celebrated in person at Senate House.

The most up-to-date information regarding the dates and format of graduation ceremonies at Senate House can be found on the University’s website, but please be aware that not all dates advertised are available to Trinity College graduands:

https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/graduation-and-what-next/degree-ceremony-dates

Trinity College students or Alumni who are eligible to receive or celebrate degrees may do so on the following dates:

Long Vacation 2021

  • Friday 10th September 10am – in person for for graduands and celebratees only, no guests at Senate House – for presentation or celebration of first (undergraduate) degrees only
  • Friday 17th September 10am – in person for graduands and celebratees only, no guests at Senate House – all degrees available

Michaelmas Term 2021

  • Saturday, 23 October, 11am – format TBC – all degrees available
  • Saturday, 27 November, 2pm – format TBC – all degrees available

Celebrating a Degree Previously Conferred in Absence

If, as a result of the suspension on in person Congregations during Covid-19 you have had a degree conferred in absence, there is now an opportunity for you to have that degree formally acknowledged and celebrated in person at the Senate House.

You will attend a Congregation in the same way that you would have attended one to have your degree conferred and will celebrate your degree with exactly the same level of formality as if it were being conferred on you for the first time. The only tangible difference is that you will not have your degree certificate presented to you at Senate House. You may already have received your degree certificate, or it may be presented to you at the celebration event at College on the day.

We are not sure for how long the opportunity to have a degree previously conferred in absence celebrated in person at Senate House will remain available, but it will certainly be a possible option throughout 2022 and possibly beyond that as well.

Please contact the Praelector’s Assistant via email on [email protected] for more information about attending a Congregation to celebrate your degree.

Conferral of the Cambridge MA Degree

Any student who graduated with a BA is entitled to take the Master of Arts Degree, six years and one term after they matriculated, provided that at least two years have passed since their BA Degree was awarded. The MA can be taken in person or in absence on one of the Congregation dates listed. Anyone taking a higher degree should check with the Praelector’s Assistant ([email protected]) for the precise arrangements that apply to their specific circumstances.

Please ensure that you keep in touch and keep your contact details up-to-date with us so that it is easy for us to get in touch at the appropriate time.

Celebrations in College

Due to the current restrictions on social gatherings and the impact this has had on College resources, the College is offering a socially-distanced and Covid safe alternative to the usual hospitality and celebrations that accompany having a degree conferred in person. Until further notice the arrangements are as follows:

Anyone attending a University Congregation in order to have a degree conferred or formally celebrated in person may invite a maximum of two guests to a picnic-style lunch in the College grounds after their degree ceremony.

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