MA Day 2020
All Congregation ceremonies have been postponed until further notice.
All Congregation ceremonies scheduled from April 2020 onwards have been postponed following the Vice-Chancellor’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcement on Wednesday 18th March 2020.
The College appreciates that many students and their guests will have been looking forward to graduating and will be disappointed not to be able to attend a ceremony. As the Vice-Chancellor has said, we are facing an unprecedented crisis and must respond accordingly. The Praelector’s Secretary will be in touch with all Members who had previously applied to graduate on Saturday 25th April 2020, Saturday 16th May 2020 and Friday 17th July 2020 to provide further information.
If you hold a Cambridge B.A., you may proceed to the M.A. not less than six years from the end of your first term of residence, providing that you have held your B.A. degree for at least two years.
MA Day 2020 will be held on Saturday 16 May 2020.
Members who matriculated in October 2013 and graduated with the B.A. degree prior to December 2017 are eligible to receive their M.A. either in person or in absence in Easter Term 2020.
Invitations to those newly eligible have now been sent out, and therefore if you believe you should have received an invitation but didn’t, please get in touch with the Praelector's Secretary who will check your eligibility to graduate at this ceremony.
If you wish to receive another degree in addition to your M.A. on MA Day (e.g M.B. or M.Phil.), please complete the ‘Apply to Graduate to your M.A.’ form below, but make sure that you state clearly in the ‘degree’ field that you would like to graduate to your M.A. and your M.Phil. (for example).
Applications and payment for MA Day 2020 must be received before the cut-off date of Friday 24 April 2020. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
Applications are currently closed.
Information for MA Day 2020 Graduands
Academic dress and gown hire for MA Day 2020
All information relating to academic dress and links to Cambridge gown hire companies can be found on the Graduands' Dress webpage.
The majority of M.A. Graduands will wear the B.A. gown and B.A. hood. If you already have a degree of the University higher than the B.A. (e.g MPhil), you will wear the corresponding gown and hood. Undergraduate gowns must NOT be worn. If you are in any doubt about which gown and hood you need to wear for the ceremony, it is recommended that you seek advice from one of the gown hire companies listed at the link above.
Accommodation and guests
Unfortunately it is not possible to offer accommodation in College for MA Day attendees (graduands or guests) because the ceremony takes place during Full Term and undergraduates are therefore in residence.
Guests are welcome to attend the ceremony at the Senate House. Tickets are required for guests to gain entrance to the Senate House on the day, and are limited by the University, to two per M.A. graduand. Please indicate clearly on the application form how many guest tickets you require. Please note that babies and children do require their own ticket for Senate House, however, it is not recommended by the University to bring babies and very young children to the Senate House ceremony.
Taking your M.A. at another ceremony
If you are unable to attend the MA Day, you are welcome to take your M.A. in absence at any other ceremony in the Senate House schedule, or in-person on the days designated for the presentation of Magdalene candidates. Please see the Degree Ceremonies pages for further dates and links to the necessary application form.
If you decide to receive your degree in person we will send you details about the exact format of the day, including academic dress regulations. On dates other than Saturday 16th May 2020, while we host a graduation lunch in College for all graduands and up to two guests, we do not provide a reunion style event like that on the designated MA Day.
After receiving your M.A.
Once you have been admitted to the M.A. degree, you are entitled to dine at High Table once in each Full Term free of charge (except for wine). Full details of your dining rights, and other privileges available to alumni, can be found on the Alumni Benefits webpage.