Clare College Cambridge

General Admission Wednesday 26th June 2019

Graduation tickets booking form

GA Programme

What to wear

What happens at the Ceremony?

Graduation photographs

Guest accommodation and booking form


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.

Key Information:

Please note that photographs will be taken throughout General Admission. These will be used in our publications, on our website and in social media. Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

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 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.


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 through your U pay account from 7th May (deadline to book is Fri 14th June).  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


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any parking in College (except in exceptional circumstances, please contact the Tutorial Office).  It is important that you inform your guests that the simplest way of visiting Cambridge by car is to use one of the five Park and Ride sites.  Alternatively, there are a number of purpose built car parks, but beware these can be expensive!  Details can be found here:


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

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 Praelector