Graduation Day ceremonies

Students walking along King's Parade

Students walking from the college to Senate House

King's final year students were awarded their degrees yesterday. The graduation ceremony began at 8.45am when the students gathered outside the Chapel in the morning sunshine. Wearing the college gown, the 117 students walked in procession out of the college, down King's Parade and into the Senate House.

After the ceremony in the Senate House, the new graduates were joined by Fellows, college staff, friends and family for a buffet lunch party in the Provost's Garden.

Graduates at a buffet lunch

Buffet lunch in the Provost's Garden

Preparations for graduation began on Wednesday with a dress rehearsal. Students are only allowed to wear black and white on Graduation Day. If they are seen wearing any other colour in the degree ceremony, the college is fined in a traditional manner: in bottles of port.

After the rehearsal there was a special Evensong in the Chapel followed by a dinner in the Hall, attended by over 300 people.

King's relationship with its students does not end with their graduation, though. Despite leaving, the graduates are still 'members' of King's and they keep in touch via the King's members' website, and the King's Facebook and Twitter sites. They also visit the college for the many members' events that enable them to renew old friendships and keep up to date with the life of the college.

You can find more photographs of Graduation Day on the King's Facebook pages. If you would like to find more about how to apply to King's, see Study at King's.

25 June 2010