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Degree ceremonies

University of Oxford degrees are conferred at degree ceremonies, held in the Sheldonian Theatre or the Examination Schools. You may graduate in person or in absence, either straight after you've finished your degree, or many years later.

  • Undergratuate or Taught Masters students: You will automatically receive an email before the end of Michaelmas term in your final year of study, with instructions on how to login to the Student Systems eVision Degree Ceremony booking system. If you do not receive an email, please contact Student Systems Support at evision@admin.ox.ac.uk.
  • Research students: You will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to login to the Student Systems eVision Degree Ceremony booking system once you have been granted Leave to Supplicate. If you do not receive an invite at this time, please contact Student Systems Support at evision@admin.ox.ac.uk.

As well as booking your Degree Ceremony you can use eVision to see the dates at which your college is presenting. Your college will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and any charges you may be required to pay.

Bookings for graduation ceremonies are made according to the following Terms and Conditions (54kb).

Degree Ceremony FAQs

What should I wear to my degree ceremony?

Full academic dress must be worn at degree ceremonies. You should wear a mortar board or soft-cap, and your preferred sub fusc from the following list:

  1. One of: dark suit with dark socks, or dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks. Kilts are not permitted for graduands.
  2. Dark coat if required
  3. Black shoes
  4. Plain white collared shirt or blouse
  5. White bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon.

Members of the University serving in H.M. Forces are permitted to wear uniform together with a gown. The uniform cap must be removed when in the Sheldonian Theatre.

For all degrees you must also wear the gown of your existing status (and the hood if there is one) during the first part of the ceremony. You will change into the gown (and hood) of your new degree at the appropriate time during the ceremony. Your college will let you know which gowns and hoods you will need.

NB: Please be aware that you may be refused admission to the degree ceremony if you are not properly dressed.

Am I able to attend a ceremony with my friends?

Once you have received your invitation to book your ceremony, you are free to discuss with your friends about selecting any dates in common.  The University cannot arrange for groups to attend together, due to the limitations on spaces and set dates when your college is presenting.

Will I be able to amend the details of my booking?

You will be able to amend your details, excluding the ceremony date, via eVision up until 30 days before your chosen ceremony. After that date, it will no longer be possible to amend any details. If you need to amend your booking, please contact your college.

What if I cannot attend a degree ceremony on the dates I have been offered?

You may choose either to graduate in absence or to decline and contact your college for the next suitable date – if you select decline, it is unlikely that you will be able to graduate for at least a calendar year, because the degree ceremonies run on a cyclical basis and are allocated to capacity.

Is there anything that can prevent me from graduating?

The conferral of your degree is conditional on the passing of all required examinations. If you have any debts or dues (e.g. library fines) outstanding to your college or the University, they must be paid 15 days before the degree ceremony or you will not be permitted to graduate.

If you are a research student, you must also submit a library copy (and an electronic copy for students admitted on to their course on or after 1 October 2007) of your thesis at least 15 days before the degree ceremony. Please refer to the Regulations for Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas for more information.

Do I need to pay anything for graduation?

You will only pay a £10 fee if you are having your MA conferred.  Please contact your college to enquire about how to pay the MA fee and if they require a payment for gowns, lunch etc.

Can I book a place at a ceremony if I have not had my degree or MA confired?

Places that have not been taken up by students to graduate in person will be available to students who have not had their degree(s) conferred and candidates for the MA. Please contact your college to be placed on a waiting list for a degree ceremony; the days available will depend on when your college is presenting (112kb).

What happens during the ceremony?

A guide to the degree ceremony can be found in the Useful documents section on the right hand side of this page.

How do I request the Non-Christian Formula?

If you are attending a degree ceremony to confer your MA (or DD, DCL, DM or MCh) and you would like to have the Non-Christian formula at the degree ceremony, you must notify your College at the time of booking.

How do I obtain my degree certificate?

We will post your degree certificate to you at the address you provided when booking your degree ceremony in eVision. Your certificate will usually arrive within eight weeks of your ceremony date. Please refer to Degree Certificates.

Can I have a degree certificate before the graduation ceremony?

Your degree must be conferred at a graduation ceremony before a degree certificate can be issued. If you need proof of your degree before then, please order a Degree Confirmation Letter.

I've not yet graduated but need proof that I have completed my degree. What should I do?

You can order a Degree Confirmation Letter via the University online shop. Please refer to Degree Certificates.

Can more than one degree be conferred at the same ceremony?

Yes, but only one of your degrees will be conferred in person, the remainder will be conferred in absentia. You may also have multiple degrees conferred in absence at the same ceremony.

I have been invited to a ceremony for my most recently awarded degree but I have a previous Oxford degree which has not been conferred. Can I graduate for each one separately?

You may attend for your most recent degree and have the others conferred in absence at the same ceremony. If you would like to attend a ceremony in person for each of your degrees, you must decline the invitation for your most recent degree and contact your College, which will arrange for you to be added to a waiting list in order for your previous degree(s) to be conferred in person first.

When do graduates become eligible for the MA?

The status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred twenty-one terms after matriculation. This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia).

You must have had your BA or BFA conferred in order to take your MA. They can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated. You should book for a Degree Day through your college. You are not eligible to take an MA if your undergraduate degree is an Oxford integrated Masters degree. The Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It therefore has no subject or class. We do not issue Degree Confirmation letters or ECTS statements as proof of your MA. Please use your Degree Certificate as evidence of this award.

How many guest tickets can I have?

You will receive three guest tickets. There is no formal dress code, however most guests dress for a formal occasion. Children aged seven and over are welcome to attend the ceremony, and they will require a ticket if they occupy their own seat. Please check with your college about any special considerations for your college graduation event.

What do I do if my guests or I have special requirements for seating at the Sheldonian?

Please indicate at the time of your booking if you have special requirements (for example due to a disability), and get in touch with your college to discuss your guests’ accessibility requirements, so that the University and college event organisers can plan where to accommodate you most comfortably and conveniently.

Is it possible for guests to take photographs during the graduation ceremony?

Guests are allowed to take photographs without flash, and use a video camera without light source inside the Sheldonian. Official photographers will be based inside the Sheldonian quadrangle following the ceremony, and you may buy a copy of your ceremony on DVD.

Why am I being asked to provide information on the ‘Additional Nominated Contact’ when booking my ceremony?

Your college may use the additional contact details when sending information about college graduation events.