Students taking a selfie at graduation


Degree ceremonies are managed by the University and St Peter’s presents graduands for degree conferrals on several days throughout the year. The ceremonies usually take place in the Sheldonian Theatre.

In order to receive your degree certificate, your degree must be conferred on you at a ceremony. You may graduate in person or in absentia, either straight after you have finished your degree, or many years later.

The drop-down sections below contain information about ceremony dates and the dress you must wear. There is also information for those seeking conferral of the Oxford MA.

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


Ceremonies in 2021

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

Saturday 12 November 2021 (in absentia only)

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.

Ceremonies in 2022

We do not yet have any confirmed dates for degree ceremonies in 2022. If you are a 2020 graduand interested in attending a ceremony in 2022, please contact to ensure that we have your up-to-date email address on record so that we can contact you when dates are available for booking. 

Receiving your degree without attending a ceremony (in absentia)

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

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.

Current students are given priority to attend ceremonies. Due to the cancellation of ceremonies during 2020, we are currently unable to accept requests for in person conferral of the Oxford MA at this time. 

To collect your MA in absentia please contact so you can be sent the latest version of the application form. There is a £40 fee for MA conferral which should be paid no less than 30 days before the ceremony, or your booking will be cancelled. On receipt of your application form, you will be issued with a link to follow to make the online payment.