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Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridgemarker.

The college was founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay on the site of a Dominican friary. Mildmay, a Puritan, originally intended Emmanuel to be a college of training for Protestant preachers to rival the successful Catholic theological schools that had trained Dominican friars for years.

Emmanuel still has quite a few theological students, but has broadened itself to include students of a wide variety of subjects, and opened its doors to female students in 1979.

"Emma", as the college is known throughout the university, attracts large numbers of undergraduate applications owing to its reputation as a "friendly college" (although several other colleges also claim this), and it has the distinction of being the "only College in Cambridge to offer a [free] laundry service".

Emmanuel topped the Tompkins Table, which ranks colleges according to end-of-year examination results, in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and was second in 2001, 2002 and 2008. Emmanuel has been among the top five colleges in each of the last nine years (2000–2008). The 2008 figures (2007 in brackets) were 68.30% (66.62%) with 30.6% (29.5%) awarded as First Class degrees.

Emmanuel is one of the wealthier colleges at Cambridge with an estimated financial endowment of £140m (2008).

Notable features

Emmanuel's chapel was designed by Christopher Wren in 1677 replacing the original chapel, which became the library (until 1930). There is a large fish pond in the grounds, home of a colony of ducks. Until the late 1990s, these were largely Mallards, but a former Master donated a variety of more exotic duck species, including the Carolina, the Mandarin, the Pintail, the Tufted, and the Wigeon.

There is a fine example of an Oriental plane tree in the Fellows' Garden, which is reputed to have lived far longer than is typical of the species. The Fellows' Garden also contains a swimming pool which is one of the oldest bathing pools in Europe.

The college also holds a celebrated May Ball biannually, traditionally falling on either the Sunday or Monday of May Week.

College Grace and Thanksgiving

The following Latin grace is recited before formal dinners at Emmanuel College (Oratio Ante Cibum):

Oculi omnium in te sperant, Domine,

et tu das escam illorum in tempore opportuno.

Aperis tu manum tuam

et imples omne animal benedictione.

Benedic, Domine, nos et dona tua

quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi;

per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Translated into English, the Oratio Ante Cibum reads as follows:

The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand and fillest every living thing with blessing. Bless us, O Lord and these the gifts which of thy bounty we are about to receive; through Christ our Lord. Amen

The following Oratio Post Cibum is sometimes read after dinner:

Confiteantur tibi, Domine, omnia opera tua,

et sancti tui benedicant te.

Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus,

pro universis beneficiis tuis,

qui vivis et regnas Deus per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Translated into English, the Orato Post Cibum reads as follows:

Let all thy works give thanks to thee. O Lord, and let thy saints bless thee. We give thanks to thee, almighty God, for all thy goodness, who livest and reignest as God for ever and ever. Amen.

Students' Union

The Emmanuel College Students' Union (ECSU – [33320]) provides a shop, a bar, a common room, and funding for sports and other societies. ECSU's Executive Committee is elected on a yearly basis at the end of Michaelmas Term. The individual officers fulfil varying roles, each designed to aid and improve student life within the college. ECSU also acts as a formal channel of communication between the students and the College authorities.

Sports and Societies in Emmanuel College

A large number of student societies and sports clubs exist at Emmanuel College. Sports include Rowing, Cricket, Rugby , Football, Squash, Netball and more. There are also a whole host of other societies including Emmanuel College Music Society (ECMS), the Christian Union, the Mountaineering Club, the Emmanuel Real Ice Cream Society (ERICS), and the Politics and Economics Society. Students are able to get funding for new societies from Emmanuel College Student union (ECSU).

Civil partnerships

Emmanuel College chapel
In February 2006, the Rev. Jeremy Caddick, the Dean of Emmanuel College, announced that Emmanuel's chapel would be open to the blessing of same-sex civil partnerships—becoming the first in the Church of England to do so. Emmanuel's chapel is not under the formal jurisdiction of the localmarker Church of England bishop, and did not have to obey a House of Bishops ruling against such blessings.

Only members and alumni of the college may be blessed in this way. The decision was supported both by the College council and the students' union.

Notable alumni

:See also :Category:Alumni of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Emmanuel graduates had a large involvement in the settling of North America. Of the first 100 university graduates in New England, one-third were graduates of Emmanuel College. Harvard Universitymarker, the first college in The United Statesmarker, was named after John Harvard (B.A., 1632), who was an Emmanuel graduate. Early Emmanuel men included several translators of the 1611 Authorised Version.

Other alumni of Emmanuel include:

Fictional characters who have been said to have gone to Emmanuel include Jonathan Swift's Lemuel Gulliver.

It is implied that Sebastian Faulks' eponymous Engleby also matriculated at Emmanuel.

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