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 2018 to May 2019 are now open.  If you have already completed your degree and wish to 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 Deputy Academic Administrator, Hertford College, Oxford OX1 3BW). 

Hertford’s degree days up to May 2019 will be:

  • Saturday 14 July 2018 – morning ceremony
  • Friday 20 July 2018 – afternoon ceremony
  • Saturday 21 July 2018 – afternoon ceremony
  • Friday 27 July 2018 – afternoon ceremony
  • Friday 28 September 2018 – afternoon ceremony
  • Saturday 29 September 2018 – afternoon ceremony
  • Saturday 3 November 2018 – morning ceremony
  • Saturday 11 May 2019 – morning ceremony

Current students are given priority to attend degree ceremonies, whilst returning graduands and those wishing to have the MA conferred are allocated places where available.

Once you have applied for a particular date we will add you to the waiting list, and, after the booking deadline for current students has passed you will be informed whether a place is available for you. Places will be allocated to returning graduands by the University on a first-come first-served basis, taking place from February onwards. Please note that places may be limited and we therefore cannot guarantee that a space will be available on your chosen date. 

Graduation days at Hertford are presided over by the Dean of Degrees. For afternoon ceremonies, drinks are served, followed by lunch in Hall for the candidates and their guests (maximum of 3 guests per graduand). 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, followed by lunch in Hall.

If you would like to graduate in absentia please simply complete the application form confirming this, and we will put you forward at the next possible degree 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. However, we do not recommend making payment until you have received an email confirming your booking (either in person or in absence).

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 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.