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 how to book your degree ceremony, ceremony dates, the Oxford MA and the dress you must wear.

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


The degree ceremonies for in-person conferrals up to the end of August 2021 have been postponed. The University is now actively reviewing arrangements for future ceremonies, and will put plans in place for additional events as soon as Government guidance allows it. These will be both for students who are graduating this year and for those who have had previous ceremonies postponed. The most up to date information from the University can be found here.

Students may have their degrees conferred in absentia to avoid delays in receiving their degrees. For students who have already registered to have their degrees conferred in absentia, this process will continue as normal.

If you decide at any time that you would like to receive your degree in absentia please email for further information.

Please read the section above for the most up-to-date information about degree ceremonies during the pandemic.

Current students: undergraduate/postgraduate taught courses

You will receive an invitation from the University to make an online booking for a place on a ceremony. Look out for this email during Michaelmas Term of your final year.

You will be guaranteed a place on a ceremony in the summer/early autumn following the end of your degree.  If you choose to decline this invitation, but would like to attend a future ceremony, please email so that your name can be added to a waiting list for a future ceremony.

Once you have booked your place you will be contacted by St Peter’s with further information about ceremony tickets, lunch, gown hire and photographs.

Current students: postgraduate research courses

You may book a place on a ceremony after receiving your leave to supplicate. Look out for an email invitation from the University to your University email address. If you can’t access this email, please complete an application form to attend a ceremony or graduate in absentia.

Please apply to graduate promptly after receiving your leave to supplicate, otherwise you won’t be guaranteed a place and might have to go on a waiting list. To check available dates, please email

Once you have booked your place you will be contacted by St Peter’s with further information about ceremony tickets, lunch, gown hire and photographs.  

If you are due to attend a ceremony and would like to change to a different ceremony, please email

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

Saturday 8 May 2021 (in absentia conferrals 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.

Taking a Degree without attending a ceremony (In Absentia)

It is possible to take a degree without being present at the 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.

Current students are given priority to attend ceremonies, while alumni wishing to collect the MA are given places where available. As ceremony places are so limited it is not possible to accommodate group requests.

To collect your MA, either in person or in absentia, please complete 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.

Application form

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

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.