Upcoming degree ceremony dates
Please note that all of the published dates are currently fully booked. Additional dates for finalists and students whose ceremonies were cancelled are due to be announced later in Michaelmas Term 2021. You may apply to have your degree conferred in absentia at any time – please read the details in under the next drop-down heading.
- Saturday 11 September
- Saturday 25 September
- Saturday 2 October
- Friday 29 October
- Saturday 30 October
- Friday 12 November
- Friday 26 November
Graduating 'in absentia'
If you wish to receive your degree certificate, but do not wish to attend a degree ceremony in person, you may choose to graduate in absentia (in absence). If you opt to graduate in absentia, your certificate will simply be posted to you after the conferral has officially taken place. If you choose to graduate in absentia, it will not be possible to return and graduate in person at a later date for the same degree.
If you would like to have your degree conferred in absentia, please complete and return the application form below and we will put you forward at the next possible degree ceremony date.
DOWNLOAD ‘IN ABSENTIA’ CONFERRAL FORM
University Terms & Conditions
All students (current and former) wishing to book a degree ceremony must read the University’s Terms & Conditions. These conditions set out important information which you must be aware of.
READ UNIVERSITY TERMS & CONDITIONS
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 just two guest tickets for the ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre and only two guest tickets for lunch in college. 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.
- Plain white collared shirt or blouse.
- 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.
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:
Oxford MA conferral
There is a charge of £40 to have the MA conferred. Payment must be made through the university online shop, no later than 30 days prior to the ceremony date in order for your certificate to be issued. However, we do not recommend making payment until you have received an email confirming your booking (either in person or in absentia). If payment is not made by 30 days before the ceremony, the University will cancel the booking and future conferral will be in absentia only.
For those having the MA conferred in person, you will be required to kneel in front of the Vice Chancellor who will touch you on the head with a Testament, admitting you ‘In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’. You have the option to request the non-Christian formula; if this is what you require please let us know when you submit your application form. It will not be permitted to request the non-Christian formula on the day of the degree ceremony. Please note this applies to the Oxford MA only; no other degree is admitted using a Christian formula.
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. This includes candidates on the waiting lists. The University reserves the right to add candidates from waiting lists within the 60-day cut-off period and up until 30 days prior to the ceremony; if you are booked onto a ceremony date from the waiting list at this time, you will not be permitted to cancel.
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.