Graduation Information

Graduation Dates

Please note all congregation ceremonies are currently without guests in person at the Senate House.

Once the Board of Graduate Studies have informed you that you have been approved for your degree, you are invited to sign up for any of Clare Hall’s 2021 Graduation Dates:

30 April 2022

21 May 2022

23 July 2022

You can do so by filling out the Graduation Form, which you can get from the Tutorial Office

In Person/In Absentia

Normally, you have the option to graduate in person or in absentia. If you choose to graduate in absentia, you will not be able to return at a later date to graduate in person.

If you graduated in absentia during the pandemic while no in person graduation was possible, you can now attend a congregation to celebrate your degree.

Congregation at Senate House

The exact timings of the ceremony will be circulated to graduands by Monday morning preceding the Saturday congregation. Clare Hall tends to be timetabled in the afternoon, but this can change.  

Guest Tickets

Guests are currently not permitted to attend the Senate House but are welcome at the Graduation Dinner in college the evening before and to watch the livestream of the congregation from college the following day.

Guest Rooms

If you require a room overnight for your guests, please complete our accommodation enquiry form

Graduation Dinner

See your letter from the Tutorial Administrator for arrangements for the Graduation dinner which takes place the night before Graduation. Please bring your gown to the dinner. The Praelector will do a short rehearsal with all graduands. Please note that each graduand is permitted to bring a maximum of 3 guests (in addition to themself) to the dinners.


Salje Medals

These are awarded annually to two research students (one in Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences and one in the Sciences) whose completed PhD thesis and publications merit high commendation.

For those who had their degree approved during the calendar year 2020 and wish to be considered for a Salje Medal, please submit the following to the Tutorial Office ( by 6 August 2021 :

• a summary of your thesis topic (up to 400 words in clear, non-specialised English)

• your examiners’ reports

• a CV of your publications and other academic activities.