All Graduands meet at Lucy Cavendish College before the Congregation to celebrate their graduation with friends and family at a drinks reception, followed by a rehearsal for Senate House with our College Praelector. During your rehearsal verbal information will be given to you by the College's Praelector and your outfit, gown and hood will be checked to ensure that you are wearing correct Academical Dress.
Following the reception and rehearsal at Lucy Cavendish, Graduands process on foot to the Senate House led by the College's Praelector, and joined by Fellows of the College.
Guests leave College slightly earlier than Graduands as, before the Congregation begins, they are invited to take their seats in the Senate House. Please note, guests cannot be admitted once the Congregation has started and must remain in their seats until the Congregation has finished. The University Proctors advise that the occasion is not suitable for small children and babies but they are very welcome at the celebration in College. Directions to the Senate House, and information about how to book a taxi from the College can be found here.
Once at the Senate House, as rehearsed in College, the Praelector will hold each candidate in turn by her right hand and say:
“Dignissime domine Domine Procancellarie et tota Academia praesento vobis hanc mulierem quam scio tam moribus quam doctrina esse idoneam ad gradum assequendum (name of degree); idque tibi fide mea praesto totique Academiae” (Most worthy Vice-Chancellor and the whole University, I present to you this woman whom I know to be suitable as much by character as by learning to proceed to the degree of [name of degree]; for which I pledge my faith to you and to the whole University).
The Graduand then kneels and after enclosing the Graduand’s hands between her own, the Vice- Chancellor or her deputy says:
“Auctoritate mihi comissa admitto te ad gradum (name of degree), in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti" (By the authority committed to me I admit you to the degree of [name of degree], in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit).
The new graduate then rises, bows to the Vice-Chancellor or Deputy and retires.