Graduation

Current students

Undergraduates and taught course graduate students receive an email invitation in Michaelmas Term of their final year with information about booking a degree ceremony, with a deadline during January for decisions. Research students will be contacted with potential degree ceremony dates once they have submitted and will be able to book a date once they have been granted leave to supplicate. 

Former students returning to graduate

The University's waiting lists for dates from July 2017 to May 2018 are now open.  If you have already completed your degree and wish to graduate in absentia or place your name on a waiting list to graduate in person, please complete an application form and return it to us by college [dot] office [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (email) or post (addressed to the Academic Administrator, Hertford College, Oxford OX1 3BW).  

Hertford’s degree days up to May 2018 will be:

Friday 29 September 2017 – afternoon ceremony (now closed)
Saturday 30 September 2017 – afternoon ceremony (now closed)
Saturday 4 November 2017 – morning ceremony (now closed)
Saturday 20 January 2018 (in absentia only)
Saturday 5 May 2018 - afternoon ceremony (fully booked)

If you would like to graduate in absentia please simply send us an application form noting this, and we will put you forward at the next possible degree ceremony.

Once you have applied for a particular date we will add you to a waiting list for your chosen day, and, after the deadline for current students' decisions has passed you will be informed whether a place is available for you (we are expecting the University to allocate places to those on the waiting lists in early February). Places will be allocated to returning graduands by the University on a first-come first-served basis after places have been allocated to current students.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that a space will be available on any particular day until the University has allocated places.  Places for degree days up to May 2017 have now been assigned, but if you hope to graduate on a date which is currently fully booked it is still possible to apply to the waiting list in case of cancellations.

Not all of these ceremonies will be open to bookings from both current postgraduates and undergraduates, but all are potentially open to those returning to graduate.  Hertford will be presenting at the afternoon ceremony in most cases, but at the morning ceremony on 4 November 2017, and at an early afternoon ceremony on 22 July 2017.

Graduation days at Hertford are presided over by the Dean of Degrees. For afternoon ceremonies, drinks are served in the Principal's Lodgings at Noon (at 11.30 am for the 22 July 2017 ceremony), followed by lunch in Hall for the candidates and their guests (up to three). Ceremony tickets are then collected from the Lodge and guests make their way to the Sheldonian Theatre; candidates process to the ceremony wearing the academic dress they wore while studying, and taking with them the gown and hood of the degree that is to be conferred. For morning ceremonies candidates and their guests collect ceremony tickets from the lodge, and candidates attend a briefing from the Dean of Degrees before processing to the ceremony; following the ceremony drinks are served in the Principal's Lodgings, followed by lunch in Hall.

All gown hire must be arranged by the graduand before the day with one of the hire shops in Oxford. Arrangements can be made afterwards with photographers waiting outside the ceremony. Degree certificates should be collected from the Lodge following the ceremony.

MA conferral

There is a charge of £40 to have the MA conferred. Payment must be made through the university online shop, prior to the ceremony date in order for your certificate to be issued.

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 of 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.