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The Trinity College choir at Singing on the River 2016
St John's College May Ball 2014 fireworks from Castle Mound

May Week is the name used in the University of Cambridge to refer to a period at the end of the academic year. Originally May Week took place in the week during May before year-end exams began.[1] Nowadays, May Week takes place in June after exams, and is a cause for great celebration amongst the students of the University. Highlights of the week include Bumps races, May Balls, June Events and garden parties.

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HistoryEdit

May Week festivities were originally held in May, in the final week before exams; however, the May boat races, also known as the May Bumps, moving toward June, right after exams to celebrate the year end.[2]

Suicide SundayEdit

 
Some cardboard boat race participants on Suicide Sunday 2012

Suicide Sunday is the name used at Cambridge University to refer to the Sunday immediately after the end of the spring term (known as Easter Term). By this Sunday, all students have finished exams but most of the results have not been published, so it is traditionally a period of nerves and suspense. The name, however, refers to the celebration that students haven't committed suicide due to stress of exams.[citation needed] A student-led campaign in 2015 encouraged use of the name "MayWeek Sunday" instead, though "Suicide Sunday" continues to persist among some students and the public.

The event is for current students of the University of Cambridge but is frequented by former students that indulge in the student lifestyle.

The Cardboard Boat Race is a main attraction to Suicide Sunday, offering an alternative to the many garden parties and more serious boating. The first race was in 2010, with three boats from Magdalene College (The Galleon - Graham Forrest, Konrad Newton and Peter O'Brien; The Canoe - Doug Byatt, Matthew Schabas and Dominic White; Skippy - Ian Drummond, Julian Wesolowski and Tom Wilson). In 2011, the race was opened to other colleges.[3]

May Week 2019Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Thursday 13th
Friday 14th

Robinson College May Ball [CANCELLED]

/ Homerton College May Ball

The Hawks' Event

Saturday 15th

Hughes Hall May Ball

Cambridge union garden party

Strawberries and Creem Festival

Suicide Sunday 16th

Emmanuel May Ball

Murray Edwards Garden Party
Monday 17th

Jesus College May Ball
Trinity College May Ball

The Cambridge Guild Garden Party

Tuesday 18th

Downing May Ball
Gonville & Caius May Ball
St John's May Ball
Queens' May Ball

Trinity Hall June Event

Newnham Garden Party

Wednesday 19th

Magdalene May Ball
Pembroke May Ball

King's Affair

St. Catharine's College Garden Party

Thursday 20th

Sidney Sussex June Event

Friday 21st

Corpus May Ball
Darwin May Ball
Peterhouse May Ball
St. Edmund's College May Ball- CANCELLED
Wolfson May Ball

Saturday 22nd

Selwyn May Ball

May Week 2018Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Thursday 14th

Rainbow Ball

RAG Charitea Party

Friday 15th

Robinson May Ball

Homerton May Ball

Saturday 16th

Hughes Hall May Ball

Lucy Cavendish May Ball

The CUCA Chairman's Ball

May Bumps College Boat Club Dinners

Suicide Sunday 17th

Emmanuel June Event

Murray Edwards Garden Party

Downing Tribal Barbecue

Cardboard Boat Race

Monday 18th

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

Tuesday 19th

Christ's May Ball

St John's May Ball

Newnham Summer Soiree

Wednesday 20th

Catz May Ball

King's Affair

Pembroke June Event

Trinity Hall June Event

Thursday 21st

Sidney Sussex June Event

Friday 22nd

Darwin & St Edmund's May Ball

Wolfson May Ball

May Week 2015Edit

May Week 2014Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Friday 13th

Robinson May Ball

Homerton June Event

The Cambridge Union Society Garden Party

Science Societies' Garden Party

The Wilberforce Society Garden Party

The Lucy Cavendish Summer Party

The Hawks' Event

Saturday 14th

The CUCA Chairman's Ball

Hughes Hall May Ball

Cambridge University Law Society Garden Party

The Gentlemen Patricians' Garden Party

The Gentlemen Wyverns' Garden Party

Adams Society Garden Party

The CUCA Garden Party

The Kitten Club Garden Party

The Lord's Cricket Varsity Match

Suicide Sunday 15th

Catfish May Ball

Emmanuel June Event

Murray Edwards Garden Party

Sidney Sussex Boat Club Garden Party

The Crescents' Garden Party

The Gentlemen Squires' Garden Party

The Idlers' Garden Party

Trinity College Science Society Garden Party

The Marguerites' Garden Party

Downing Tribal Barbecue

Cardboard Boat Race

Monday 16th

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

Tuesday 17th

Christ's May Ball

Gonville & Caius May Ball

St John's May Ball

Newnham June Event

Cambridge Hub Garden Party

Wednesday 18th

Sidney Sussex May Ball

St Catharine's College May Ball

King's Affair

Pembroke June Event

Trinity Hall June Event

Thursday 19th

Clare Hall May Ball

Brighty's Garden Party

Marshall Society Garden Party

The Twenty20 Varsity Match

Friday 20th

GU Summer Ball

Darwin May Ball

St Edmund's May Ball

Wolfson June Event

CUGS Garden Party

Saturday 21st

May Week 2013Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Friday 14th

The CUCA Midsummer Ball

Robinson May Ball

The Cambridge Union Society Garden Party

Science Societies' Garden Party

The Gentlemen of St John's Garden Party

The Wilberforce Society Garden Party

The Hawks' Event

Saturday 15th

Hughes Hall May Ball

The Lucy Cavendish College June Event 2013

Cambridge University Law Society Garden Party

The Gentlemen Patricians' Garden Party

The Gentlemen Wyverns' Garden Party

Adams Society Garden Party

The CUCA Garden Party

The Kitten Club Garden Party

The Lord's Cricket Varsity Match

Suicide Sunday 16th

Emmanuel May Ball

Sidney Sussex Boat Club Garden Party

The Crescents' Garden Party

The Gentlemen Squires' Garden Party

The Idlers' Garden Party

The Marguerites' Garden Party

Downing Tribal Barbecue

Cardboard Boat Race

Monday 17th

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

Cambridge Universities Labour Club Garden Party

Tuesday 18th

Downing May Ball

Homerton May Ball

Queens' May Ball

St John's May Ball

Wednesday 19th

Magdalene May Ball

Pembroke May Ball

King's Affair

Trinity Hall June Event

Thursday 20th

Clare Hall May Ball

Brighty's Garden Party

Marshall Society Garden Party

CUGS Garden Party

The Twenty20 Varsity Match

Friday 21st

GU Summer Ball

Corpus May Ball

Darwin May Ball -The Orient Express-

St Edmund's May Ball

St Catharine's College June Event

Wolfson June Event

Saturday 22nd

May Week 2012Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Thursday 14th

The Kitten Club Garden Party

Friday 15th

Robinson May Ball

Lucy Cavendish June Event

Downing Lady Orchids Garden Party

The Wilberforce Society Annual Garden Party

The Gentlemen of St John's Garden Party

The Hawks' Event

Saturday 16th

Hughes Hall May Ball

Peterhouse May Ball

CUSU LGBT Garden Party

The Gentlemen Patricians' Garden Party

Adams Society Garden Party

The Cambridge Union Society Garden Party

The Lord's Cricket Varsity Match

Suicide Sunday 17th

Emmanuel June Event

Murray Edwards Garden Party

Sidney Sussex Boat Club Garden Party

The Crescents' Garden Party

The Idlers' Garden Party

The Squires' Garden Party

The Marguerites' Garden Party

TCSS Garden Party

The Gentlemen Wyverns' Garden Party

Cardboard Boat Race [1]

Downing Tribe - Tribal Barbecue

QEnts Presents "BOUNCE"

Monday 18th

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

St Catharine's College June Event

Tuesday 19th

Gonville and Caius May Ball

Christ's May Ball

St John's May Ball

Newnham June Event

'Without Borders' Garden Party

Cambridge University Punting Society Garden Party

CUCA Garden Party

Wednesday 20th

Sidney Sussex May Ball

Pembroke June Event

Trinity Hall June Event

King's Affair

Thursday 21st

Clare Hall May Ball

Marshall Society Garden Party

Newnham MCR Garden Party

Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats Garden Party

Friday 22nd

Darwin May Ball

Homerton June Event

St. Edmund's May Ball

Wolfson June Event

Saturday 23rd

GU Cirque du Soleil Summer Ball

CUMexSoc Garden Party

May Week 2011Edit

May Week 2010Edit

May Week 2009Edit

May Week 2008Edit

May Week 2007Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Friday

Homerton May Ball

Robinson May Ball

Saturday
Suicide Sunday
Monday

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

Emmanuel May Ball

Tuesday

St. John's May Ball

Queens' May Ball

Wednesday

Pembroke May Ball

Downing May Ball

Magdalene May Ball

Trinity Hall June Event

King's Affair

Thursday
Friday

Corpus Christi May Ball

St Edmund's May Ball

Wolfson College June Event

May Week 2006Edit

May balls June events Garden parties Other events
Suicide Sunday

Emmanuel June Event

Queens' Bounce

Monday

Clare May Ball

Jesus May Ball

Trinity May Ball

Tuesday

Christ's May Ball

Gonville and Caius May Ball

St. John's May Ball

Wednesday

Peterhouse May Ball

St. Catharine's May Ball

Sidney Sussex May Ball

Pembroke June Event

Trinity Hall June Event

King's Affair

Thursday
Friday

St Edmund's May Ball

Wolfson College June Event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "May Week: balls, boats and bubbly". King's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ "We had a Ball" - William Ham Bevan. Cambridge Alumni Magazine, Issue 72 (Easter 2014)
  3. ^ "2011 Cardboard Boat Race". Facebook.