Students taking a selfie at graduation

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.

Email: degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk

We have been allocated a limited number of spaces on the following ceremonies in the first half of 2022, for 2020 and 2021 graduands only:

Saturday 5 March 2022 

  • ceremony full
  • degree ceremony at 10.30am
  • schedule of events will start at 9am and finish after lunch

Saturday 12 March 2022

  • spaces still available
  • degree ceremony at 10.30am
  • schedule of events will start at 9am and finish after lunch

Saturday 21 May 2022

  • ceremony full
  • degree ceremony at 4.15pm
  • schedule of events will start at 1pm and finish after the ceremony at about 6pm

Saturday 4 June 2022

  • degree ceremony at 1.30pm 
  • schedule of events will start at approximately 12noon and finish late afternoon

If you are a 2020 or 2021 graduand interested in attending a ceremony in 2022, please contact degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk to ensure that we have your up-to-date email address on record.

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.

Our main degree day for those receiving undergraduate degrees in 2022 will be Saturday 24 September 2022. More information will be provided to those expecting to complete their courses in 2022 when it is available.

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 degreeceremonies@spc.ox.ac.uk 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.