Finalists’ Degree Day

Degree Days

Finalists’ Degree Day 

11.00 am Saturday, 29 September 2018 

Registration and Visitor Tickets

All graduands are required to register in College from 8.45 am but no later than 9.30 am.  
Registration will take place in the Chapel when all visitor tickets to the degree ceremony will be distributed. If you need extra visitor tickets to the degree ceremony please ask amongst your peers as not everyone uses their full allocation and these tickets are transferable. Sometimes spare tickets become available on the day so do please ask when you register if there are any spares.

Timings & Photography

At 9.40 am there will be a short address by the Master, Mark Damazer in the Chapel followed by a briefing given by the Dean of Degrees, Dr Huw Dorkins. Guests usually attend also.
At approximately 10.20 am Graduands will leave in procession for the Sheldonian for the ceremony at 11.00 am (about 1.5 hrs duration). Guests then make their own way to the Sheldonian. 
Official photographers will be based inside the Sheldonian quadrangle immediately after the ceremony.  Gillman and Soame, the University’s official photographers will also be in College from 12.30 pm for individual and family photographs. There is no need to pre-book.

Degree Day Lunch 

Following the ceremony, a buffet lunch (including wine) will be served at St Peter’s in the Chapel and in a marquee on Linton quad from 12.45 pm – 2.30 pm. Lunch is an informal affair for which there is no seating plan. There is a charge of £25 for each lunch guest but no charge for the graduand. 
Each graduand may book up to a maximum of three lunch guests.  We are unable to accommodate extra guests due to space restrictions in College.
If you wish to make a lunch booking please pay online via the University Stores website


At the ceremony candidates should wear the appropriate gown, a mortar board or soft-cap, and your preferred sub fusc from the following list:
One of:
  1. Dark suit with dark socks, or
  2. Dark skirt with black tights* or stockings*, or
  3. Dark trousers with dark socks
  • Dark Coat if required
  • Black Shoes
  • Plain white collared shirt or blouse
  • White bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon.
*Flesh coloured tights or stockings are not permissible. They must be black. The Vice-Chancellor has asked that candidates should be warned that they may be refused admission to the degree ceremony if they are not properly dressed.

Gown Hire

Graduands should arrange in advance of the ceremony to hire the gown and hood of the degree which is to be conferred and bring these with them to the College. Gowns can be hired from or
The Proctors have agreed that graduands receiving the BA or Undergraduate Master’s degree at this ceremony may arrive at the Sheldonian wearing the BA or Undergraduate Master’s gown and then add the hood at the appropriate time during the ceremony. All Graduands will arrive at the Sheldonian wearing the gown of the degree they are to have conferred. Hoods will be carried to the Sheldonian by a college porter. 
For friends and family who are unable to attend the ceremony in person the University’s media team will be providing live streaming of the degree ceremony  
The streams will not be published so cannot be viewed after the event. However, a DVD will be available to purchase after the event.  For further information about the ceremony and frequently asked questions please go to 

Disabled access at the Sheldonian Theatre

Guests in wheelchairs will be directed by the Security staff on the gate to the South doors facing the Divinity School, where there is a ramp. They are able to find space on the ground floor for guests seated in wheelchairs. There is usually also a small number of seats on that floor for guests who have difficulty with the stairs. There is no need to make advance reservations.

Degree Certificates

These will be available to collect from the Porters Lodge, directly after the ceremony.
For further enquiries regarding degree day arrangements please contact Mary Chalk ( or +44 (0)1865 278941)