The Encaenia ceremony takes place inside the Sheldonian Theatre
Credit: Ian Wallman

Encaenia Ceremony Ticket Registration

Encaenia takes place on the Wednesday of ninth week every year.

Ticket registration opens at the end of April each year.

Who can apply

You can apply for a ticket to the Encaenia ceremony if you fall within one of the following categories:

  • You are a member of Congregation
  • You are a member of Convocation
  • You are a current member of staff
  • You are a current student
  • You are an Academic Visitor

A limited number of tickets will be available*, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Your ticket will be mailed to you a week before the event. Tickets to the ceremony are not available to members of the public.

*NB: The majority of tickets will be reserved for Congregation and Convocation members.

If you are a Head of House, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of Division, Head of a Museum or Library, Proctor or Assessor, the Public Orator, the Registrar, the outgoing President of the OU Student Union or a President of the JCR & MCR of the colleges of the Proctors and the Assessor (for 2021/22) then you do not need to apply online for a ticket, as you will receive an invitation from the Events Office.

Guest tickets

Members of Congregation, Convocation and Academic Visitors may apply to bring one guest each. Unfortunately due to capacity we are not able to offer staff and students guest tickets.

Encaenia Garden Party

Please note that registering for a ceremony ticket does not entitle you to attend the Encaenia Garden Party. Electronic invitations to the Garden Party will be sent to all current members of Congregation by the University Events Office in early May each year. On the invite, there will be a link to register your attendance. If you have not received your invitation or became a member of Congregation after this time, please email encaenia@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Actively serving retired members of faculty and staff within Congregation are also welcome to attend, as are over 75s who were members of Congregation and who take a deep and active interest in Oxford’s work and success. Please email encaenia@admin.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend (please do not email earlier than May).

The other categories listed above are not eligible to attend the garden party.