A meeting of the Regent House for the formal conduct of certain items of University business, principally the conferment of degrees. Congregations take place in the Senate-House regularly throughout the year. Special Congregations take place from time to time, for the conferment of Honorary Degrees, and three days at the end of the Easter Term are reserved for the graduation of most first-degree students (see ' General Admission'). The Vice-Chancellor or a deputy appointed by him or her presides at Congregations, unless the Chancellor is present. A Congregation is also held at the beginning of each academical year for the election of the Proctors and their deputies. Immediately prior to this, the Vice-Chancellor gives an address to the University.