Find out how to book your degree day, whether you’re a current student or you are returning to Oxford to graduate.
Degree ceremony information
The Hertford College ceremony dates for July 2022 to June 2023 have now been announced. Please see the relevant section below, for further details about the booking process and available dates for each group of students.
Frequently asked questions
Hertford degree day timetable
As part of your Degree Day celebration, Hertford offers an optional celebratory lunch for the graduand and up to two guests. Details of this and the timetable of the day are sent to you around one month before your booked ceremony date.
Once you have secured a booking for a degree ceremony, we will contact you about guest and lunch requirements (usually around one month before the ceremony). Please note that all graduands are entitled to bring two guests to the ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre and can request two guest tickets for lunch in college. Very occasionally we get a few extra tickets for the Sheldonian ceremony only. If these become available these will be offered a few days before the scheduled ceremony. At college, as we are unable to offer extra guest places to everyone for the lunch, we do not permit more than the two guest limit. You will be able to collect guest tickets from the Hertford Porters’ Lodge on the day of the ceremony.
Dress code and gown hire
It is important that you wear the correct academic dress, as the marshals at the Sheldonian will deny access to any graduands not wearing the appropriate attire. All graduands are required to wear sub fusc and should wear their preferred items from the following list:
- Either a dark suit with dark socks; or a dark skirt with black tights or stockings; or dark trousers with dark socks.
- Dark coat, if required.
- Black shoes (no sandals, open-toed shoes or boots).
- Plain white collared shirt or blouse with a collar (no cream).
- White bow tie; or a black bow tie; or a black full-length tie; or a black ribbon.
Please be aware that dark socks (if trousers are worn) or black tights (if a skirt is worn) are always required, even during the summer months. A plain, dark mask is also currently recommended.
You should make your own arrangements for the hire of gowns and hoods and bring them with you to college on the day of the ceremony. Suppliers in Oxford include:
Cancelling your booking
The University operates a 60-day cut-off for all degree ceremonies. If you are no longer able to attend the ceremony you have booked, it is imperative that you let us know as soon as possible, and no later than 60 days prior to the ceremony.
If you inform us that you are no longer able to attend the ceremony once we are within the 60-day cut-off period, your degree will be conferred in absentia. Please see Degree ceremonies | University of Oxford for further information.
Degree certificates are only issued once you confer your degree at a ceremony. If you are attending a ceremony your certificate will be available for collection from the Lodge on the day of your degree ceremony. If you are conferring your degree in absentia, we will post your certificate via second class mail, to your last known address after the ceremony date. We are not able to courier certificates.
Degree confirmation letters
If you require confirmation of your degree whilst waiting for a ceremony, you can order a free degree confirmation letter. Please see Degree certificates and letters | University of Oxford.