This year, Congregations for General Admission to Degrees, or graduation ceremonies, were held on Wednesday, 24 June, Thursday, 25 June, Friday, 26 June and Saturday, 27 June, 2015. Cambridge city centre was even more cheerfully chaotic than usual, with processions of happy students followed by proud parents jostling to get that perfect photograph mixed up with coachloads of tourists, school parties and language students.
Cambridge undergraduate students graduate with their college, not by subject or department, so unfortunately, all our MEng students do not graduate together.
The procedure is that the graduands of each college, wearing their gowns and hoods, assemble in their college under the direction of the Praelector, who leads them in procession through the streets to the Senate House. The traffic is not officially stopped for these processions, so cars and vans just have to give way.
Meanwhile, relatives and friends of the graduands take their seats in the Senate House.Once into the Senate House, the students are presented to the Vice-Chancellor's deputy, and then are conferred their degree individually with the words, "Auctoritate mihi commissa admitto te ad gradum (name of degree), in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti."
That means "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 'Trinitarian formula' may be omitted at the request of the graduand).
The ceremony is entirely in Latin.
After the last candidate has graduated, the new graduates meet their family and friends in the Senate House Yard to celebrate and the next college processes in for their turn.
There are more photos on the department's Facebook page.