General Admission (GA)

(for BA, MEng, MMath, MSci, VetMB, MusB and BTh Degrees only)

Arrangements for attending the Senate-House, booking of tickets for your guests and reservations for accommodation can be made via your self-service page on CamSIS once booking opens towards the end of the Lent Term. All students eligible to receive their degree during general admission will receive an email when the booking system has opened. The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019.

The maximum number of Senate-House tickets that you can book for your guests is two (owing to the capacity of the Senate-House).

Additional tickets may be available depending on the number of graduands attending, but this cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if extra tickets are available they will be distributed in person to graduands at Registration on Graduation day on a first-come-first-served basis; there will be a pre-set maximum number of extra Senate House tickets per graduand depending on the number of tickets available.

Typical timetable for GA Congregations

Timetable for Graduation week:

Tickets: Tickets will be available for collection from the Tutorial and Admissions Office from Friday 28 June 2019 at 09:15 There is a limited number of spare tickets which will be issued when you register at the Tutorial Office on Friday morning on a first-come-first-served basis until all the tickets have been allocated (with a limit of one extra ticket per graduand).  Once we have allocated all Senate House guest tickets we have small number of ‘Lawn Tickets’ that can be issued (again, this will be limited to one ticket per graduand). Lawn Tickets allow access to the Senate House lawn but DO NOT grant access in to the Senate House itself. Lawn guests can wait outside to greet the graduate when they exit the Senate House. Please note: tickets cannot be re-issued so please DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKETS.

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 7.30pm – General Admission Dinner (Graduands only) in Hall.

Thursday 27 June 2019 at 6.30pm - Reception for Graduands and families in the marquee in the Fellows garden.

Provisional Timetable 2019 for Friday 28 June 2019:

09.15am - Registration in the Tutorial & Admissions Office(B Staircase) please come dressed ready for Congregation

11.00am - Assemble for group photograph outside the chapel and talk by the Praelector about Senate-House procedures

12.10am - Assemble outside Howard Building for procession to the Senate-House

12.30pm - Guests advised to leave for Senate-House

12.40pm - Procession to the Senate-House

12.55pm - Guests to arrive at the Senate-House

13.00pm - Graduands to arrive at the Senate-House

13.10 pm - Session begins at the Senate-House

13.45pm - Approximate finish time for Downing graduands

14.00pm - Buffet lunch in the Hall and marquee on the Fellows' Lawn

From 15.45pm - Graduation group photographs will be available from the Porters' Lodge

The actual timetable for the day of your graduation will not be confirmed until a week before the ceremony when the College receives the information from the Student Registry.

There is no shelter near the Senate-House and visitors are advised to bring umbrellas in case of wet weather.

Remember that all guests, including children and babies, require admission tickets for entry to the Senate-House. These will be distributed to graduands when they register at the Tutorial and Admissions Office (B Staircase) earlier in the day. Please bring your University Card with you to the Tutorial Office on the day both as identification and also for collection as it has to be returned by the College to the University Card Office.

The Bursary (your College Account)

The deadline for settling bills with the Bursary will be midday on 20 June 2019. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, or are anticipating problems settling your college bill you must make contact with your Tutor to discuss this as soon as possible.


All those graduating in person on Friday 28 June 2019 are permitted to remain in College accommodation up to and including the night of Friday 28 June 2019, should they wish to do so. It may, however, be necessary for a few students to move rooms at the end of Full Term as with usual out of NPR arrangements. Rent will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Parents and Guardians may be accommodated in College on the Thursday and Friday nights, as space permits, on a first-come-first-served basis. Requests for accommodation should be made via your self-service page on CamSIS when you apply for graduation. Please do not contact the Accommodation Officer directly.

As the College is able to offer single, twin and double rooms it is important that you specify clearly which type of room(s) you require for your guests under 'Accommodation Requirements'. (For example, 2 x single room on Thursday, 1 x twin room on Friday.) The cost for this accommodation will be published on the booking page in CamSIS.

Please note that all rooms occupied until the morning of Saturday 29 June must be completely vacated and cleared of all belongings, by 10.00am at the latest.

Any further enquiries you may have can be emailed to or telephone +44 01223 334811.