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

Encaenia Ceremony Ticket Registration

This year’s ceremony has been postponed to Wednesday 22 September 2021. Please note that there will not be a Garden Party in 2021.

Who can apply

A limited number of tickets will be available from the end of July 2021. The registration opening date, and registration link, will be published on this page closer to the time and updates will be included in the University Bulletin, the University Gazette and the AAD Student News Alert. Please do not get in touch regarding tickets before this time, as we are not able to reserve any places.

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

Unfortunately there will not be a Garden Party in 2021. We look forward to welcoming Congregation members to next year’s event on Wednesday 22 June 2022.