Degree Days


Degree days are managed by the University and are scheduled for various days throughout the year.

The tabs below contain information about how to book your degree ceremony, the dates on which they will be held, the dress you must wear, and the fees you will have to pay.

Any questions should be addressed to the Catherine Shortis, the Tutorial and Student Administrator.


Current undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who complete their course will receive an email invitation in late November of their final year. This will invite them to log into the eVision degree ceremonies booking system, where they can accept or decline the degree date offered to them. If the student declines the invitation a new date will not be offered in its place. The student would then need to apply to college for their name to be put on a waiting list for a future ceremony date.

Research students granted leave to supplicate will receive an email invitation with information about booking a degree ceremony.

Students who wish to have their MA conferred in person may, as an historic graduand request to be put on the waiting list for their preferred degree date. If you would like to apply for your name to be entered on a waiting list date please complete an application form and return it to On receipt of the application form your name will be entered on to the waiting list date. You will receive confirmation of your request from the University’s Degree Conferrals Office.

Places are allocated to historic graduands by the University's Degree Conferrals Office and not the college. You will be notified by the Degree Conferrals Office if you are successful in gaining a place on your preferred date. If there is no space on your preferred date then you would be contacted to choose an alternative waiting list date, and the same process would apply.

St Peter’s College will be presenting on the following dates:

Saturday 12 September 2020 2.30pm (in absentia conferrals only
Saturday 26 September 2020 11.00am (Finalists’ Degree Day) (in absentia conferrals only)
Saturday 27 February 2021 2.30pm
Saturday 6 March 2021 11.00am

Please note that if you are unable to attend a ceremony you must give at least 60 days' notice or you will graduate in absentia by default. If you wish to withdraw from a ceremony within the 60 day period and book for a future ceremony you need to show extenuating circumstances. To see what counts as extenuating circumstances please click here.

Taking a Degree Without Attending a Ceremony (In Absentia)

It is possible to take a degree without being present at the ceremony. If you wish to do this there is no waiting list and your name will be entered at the next University of Oxford degree ceremony. Your degree certificate will be posted to you.   

Oxford MA Fees

There is a £40 fee for the those having their MA conferred in person or in absentia. Payments should be made via the Oxford University Stores site. The deadline for payment of the MA fee is 30 days prior to the degree ceremony. If payment is not made by this date the MA booking for the ceremony will be cancelled.

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:

a) Dark suit with dark socks, or
b) Dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or
c) 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.

Members of the University serving in H.M. Forces are permitted to wear uniform together with a gown.

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.

With the exception of those being awarded a DPhil, candidates should wear the gown of the degree to be received, and will don the hood of the new degree during the ceremony. Candidates can hire these from Shepherd and Woodward, Varsity Shop, and Walters of Oxford. Hire arrangements must be made by the candidate in advance.

Those being awarded a DPhil should wear the gown of their previous degree. During the ceremony they will need to change into the gown and hood of the degree to be received, which they should arrange to be hired (or bought) in advance.

Space in the Sheldonian is limited and the University allocate two guest tickets per candidate. It is not possible for the college to request extra tickets. Occasionally spare guest tickets do become available in the couple of weeks before the ceremony, or on the day itself, but you are advised not to assume you will be able to bring more than two guests to the ceremony itself. Guest tickets are collected on the day from college.

For morning ceremonies graduands and their guests are asked to arrive promptly at 9.45 am for registration in college. The Dean of Degrees will meet graduands and their guests at 10.00 am in the SCR, where coffee will be served. At approximately 10.20 am graduands will leave in procession to the Sheldonian. Lunch will be served in college after the ceremony at 12.30 pm.

For afternoon ceremonies (2.30 pm), if you are not taking lunch in college, you should meet the Dean of Degrees in the SCR at 1.30 pm. At approximately 1.50 pm graduands will leave college in procession to the Sheldonian.

Arrangements for our Finalists’ Degree ceremony are slightly different. Please click here for further information.

The University advise that the ceremony is not suitable for children under the age of seven.

Lunch Guests

Graduands and their guests are invited to lunch in college. There will be a charge of £29.15 for each guest but no charge for candidates. Payment should be made via the Oxford University Stores site. Even though you are only able to have two guest tickets for the ceremony, you can bring more than two guests to lunch.

Please note that lunch bookings close 3 weeks before the degree day. If attending an afternoon degree ceremony graduands and their guests are asked to arrive at 11.45 am for 12 noon when drinks will be served in the SCR. Lunch is served at 12.30 pm prompt.

All students wishing to attend a degree ceremony in person must submit an application to have their names entered.

Application form

Please return completed forms to the Academic Office, St Peter’s College, Oxford OX1 2DL or email to