Information about applying for Graduation

Graduation at Trinity Hall

Congregations for the remainder of the 19/20 academic year (including General Admission), have been changed to in absence only due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ordinary Congregations for students who wish to graduate in absence will take place on 16 May 2020 and in July 2020 (date TBC). To register to graduate in absence at either of these Congregations, please complete the registration form

Students who wish to graduate in person will need to wait until the University resumes in-person Congregations. Further information is available on the University website


Any member of Trinity Hall who has fulfilled the appropriate examinations and residence requirements may have their degree conferred at a Congregation of the Regent House.

Any degree may be conferred at the Ordinary Congregations, which are held two or three times per term (Trinity Hall does not present students in person at all congregations, please check the available dates below). The Congregation held in late June is known as General Admission and is for the BTh, BA, VetMB and BA with MEng or MMath or MSci degrees only.

Those unable to receive their degree in person can proceed in absentia (in absence); their name will be read out during a Congregation and the degree certificate sent afterwards by post. A degree is not officially awarded until it has been conferred either in person or in absence at a Congregation of the Regent House. Degree certificates will only be issued after the degree has been conferred.

The College Praelector, Dr Cristiano Ristuccia, is responsible for presenting students at Congregations when they receive their degrees. The conferment of each degree is an act of the whole University, approved by the “Grace of the Regent House”, that is by a resolution of the governing body. Graduands are presented one by one to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, or their deputy, in the presence of the Proctors who are the elected representatives of the Regent House.

For general information about graduation arrangements at Trinity Hall, and for details about the required academic dress, please refer to the Graduation Information 2019-20 document below:

Graduation Information 2019-20

The University provides more information on Cambridge Degree Ceremonies.

Dates for Ordinary Congregations

In 2019-20, Trinity Hall will present students in person at the following Congregations of the Regent House (which are Saturdays unless otherwise stated):

  • 26 October 2019
  • 30 November 2019
  • 22 February 2020
  • 16 May 2020 – absence only
  • July 2020 – date TBC, absence only

The exact timings for the day cannot be confirmed until a week before the ceremony but our graduands tend to proceed between 11am – 2pm.

There are also Congregations in January and April at which Trinity Hall students may have degrees conferred in absence only. Please contact the Tutorial Office for more information.


How to apply for Ordinary Congregations

Following approval of your degree you should apply for a congregation; you do not have to choose the next available date but be aware that your degree will not be officially awarded until it is has been conferred at a Congregation. To apply, follow the link below to the online graduation registration form. If you have any questions about this process please contact the Postgraduate Administrator.

Register for Graduation (Ordinary Congregations)


General Admission Information

The next General Admission will be on Saturday 27 June 2020 for graduation in absence only. Further information can be found on the intranet.

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