Degree Days

Graduation

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.

Email: degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk

Guest tickets

Each graduand is allocated TWO guest tickets for the actual degree ceremony in the Sheldonian. 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. We will be livestreaming the ceremony in college for family members/guests who do not have a ticket for the ceremony in the Sheldonian (further details below). 

Registration 

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. 

Timings

At 9.45 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, which starts at 11.00 am. Guests then make their own way to the Sheldonian. The ceremony lasts about 1.5 hours. 

Photos

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 £27.75 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 Online Stores

Dress

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.

*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 the following suppliers:

Shepherd and Woodward (+44 (0)1865 249491) 
Varsity Shop (+44 (0)1865 244000) 
Walters of Oxford (+44 (0)1865 241848)

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. 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.

Ceremony Livestreaming

The ceremony will be livestreamed at St Peter’s for family members and guests who do not have a ticket for the Sheldonian. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis on the day and subject to capacity. Seats cannot be booked. For further information about the Oxford University livestreaming service please follow this link: Livestreaming of 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.  

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.

Further information/FAQs

For further information about the ceremony and frequently asked questions please go to Degree ceremonies | University of Oxford.

For further enquiries regarding degree day arrangements please contact Catherine Shortis (catherine.shortis@spc.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 278941)

Current undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who complete their course will receive an email invitation in 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 degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk. 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 13 July 2019 2.30pm (booking now closed - full)
Saturday 14 September 2019 2.30pm (only a few spaces left)
Saturday 28 September 2019 11.00am (only a few spaces left)
Saturday 9 November 2019 2.30pm (booking now closed - full)
Saturday 29 February 2020 2.00pm

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. 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.

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 £27.75 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 degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk