Clare College Cambridge

General Admission Wednesday 26th June 2019




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Graduation Rehearsal

Please be reminded that there will be a graduation rehearsal on Tuesday 25th June at 2pm, Riley Auditorium. *Please note that this is not a full dress rehearsal, and you will not be required to wear your gowns.

Graduation (Lady Clare) Dinner

All graduands are warmly invited to the Graduation Dinner, which will be held on the evening of Tuesday 25th June. 

A Champagne Reception at 6.45pm in the Masters Lodge will be followed by Dinner, hosted by the Master and Senior Tutor at 7.30pm.  The dress code is lounge suits and gowns.

Graduation Chapel Service

Doors to the Chapel will open at 10.55am.  The service will end by 12.15 pm, when there will be a reception for graduands and their guests in the marquees in Old Court, prior to the Admission Ceremony.

What to wear

As graduation is a formal occasion, an appropriate standard of dress is expected. Further details about what you should wear can be found here.

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If you have guests who have a disability or may need some assistance, please let the Tutorial Office know as soon as possible.

Accommodation for your Graduation Guests (available beginning April)

 Rooms will be available on a first-come/first served basis (£75.00 for twin room; £55.00 for single per night) for parents and relations of graduands on the nights of Tuesday 25 and/or Wednesday 26 June – for those whose journey time would be greater than two-hours’ driving time (as well as any special cases).  In the event of all the twin rooms being taken any further applications for a twin room will be allocated two single rooms (adjacent if at all possible) but will still be charged at £75. Please note that 24th May is the deadline to apply for Graduation Accommodation.

Graduation Ceremony

Clare’s first slot in the Senate House will be at around 3.00 pm. It will be split into two sessions: half the graduands will go to the Senate House, followed by the remaining graduands, after a 20-minute break. 

Since there is no shelter outside the Senate House, please suggest to parents and friends that they bring umbrellas in the event of a poor weather forecast.

What happens at the Ceremony


(a) In the Senate House

A photographer will take pictures of graduands at the moment your degree is conferred. University does not allow any other photography in the Senate House. 

(b) Group Photograph (in Clare)

The group Graduation photograph will take place in the Fellows’ Garden promptly at 10.45 am (in gowns and hoods)Please assemble before 10.30am. NOTE THAT IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO WAIT FOR LATECOMERS.  Copies of this photograph will be on sale from the Latimer Room, E Staircase, from 3.30 pm on Graduation Day:

Mounted with natural frame or black frame (2018 price- £55 -2019 price TBC)

Mounted only (2018 price -£402019 price TBC)

Payment can be made by debit card, cash or cheque on the day.

The photographers will also be offering family group photos during the morning.  Photos will be taken in the Scholars Garden, and we will collect names and arrange time slots convenient to you nearer the time.  Proofs will be posted to you, but with no obligation to buy.


Your arrangements for lunch will need some prior thought and communication with your family, as well as perhaps with friends and their families.  So do please think ahead.

A late buffet lunch will be provided in the marquees in Old Court, on your return from the Senate House.  The cost of the lunch is £18.00 (to include tea/coffee. Wine will be available at an extra charge); you will be able to purchase lunch tickets (remember to include yourself in the numbers you book) through your U Pay account from 7th May onwards.  Please ensure you receive a confirmation of your booking.  If you have any seating preferences (e.g. with friends) please could you add this as a note when purchasing the tickets on U Pay. The kitchens will be able to cater for up to 300, so tickets will be sold on a first-come/first-served basis.

We are aware that Graduation Day can prove very expensive.  If your family wishes to attend the lunch, but will struggle to meet the cost of the tickets, you should speak, in confidence, to the Financial Tutor.  The College will cover the cost of up to three free lunch tickets per family in such circumstances, and the booking with the Catering Manager will be done discreetly.  

Those of you preferring to bring your own picnics will be able to eat these in the Fellows Garden or Buttery, but not in the Old Court Marquees or Hall, where the tables will be for those having the college buffet lunch.

Your College Room

Students graduating in person must vacate their rooms by 09.30 onThursday 27 June.  Where a special case can be established (for example, in the case of overseas students who cannot arrange travel for that day), permission may only be granted by Jackie Searle, the Accommodation Officer, for a student to stay beyond this date.

The last date for making such a special application will be Wednesday 1 May. 

Outstanding Fees

Finally, please remember that you will not be allowed to graduate unless you have settled your College bill and returned all College, Faculty, and University Library books.

The College makes every effort to make Graduation a very special occasion.  I hope you all have a most enjoyable day.

Charlie Weiss