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
Please see the relevant section below, for further details about the booking process. Further information about graduation can also be found on the University website.
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. Further details, including the timetable for the day, are sent to you around one month before your 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 receive 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 Theatre will deny access to any graduands not wearing the appropriate attire. All graduands are required to wear full academic dress, including a mortar board or soft cap, and your preferred sub fusc.
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.
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:
Hertford College does not receive any commission or other benefit from these gown providers, and students are welcome to source their academic dress from any provider as long as they are the relevant Oxford gown and hood for your degree.
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 the University website for further information.
Degree certificates are only issued once your degree has been conferred 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 your degree is conferred 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.
If you have not received your degree certificate within three months of the date of your ceremony, and you fail to notify the College of this within that period, you will be charged for a replacement certificate.
Degree confirmation letters
If you require confirmation of your degree whilst waiting for a ceremony, you may be eligible for a digital Degree Confirmation Letter (dDCL). For further information, please see the University website.