Graduation gathering near the Chapel


Degrees at Oxford are not automatically conferred on the successful completion of a course and certificates are not issued by the University until after the formal conferment at a ceremony.

Degrees may be conferred by attendance at a ceremony at the University or in absentia. New College has an attendance quota at various degree ceremonies during the academic year. There is no limit on the number of ceremony places for conferment in absentia.  

These are the New College dates in the current cycle (20/21):

Saturday 18 July 2020
Saturday 8 August 2020
Friday 25 September 2020
Saturday 14 November 2020
Saturday 8 May 2021

The ceremonies take place at the Sheldonian Theatre and there will be an optional lunch or drinks reception at College afterwards.  Each graduand can have 2 ceremony tickets for guests, who can of course, attend the College event as well.

Dress for degree ceremonies is academic dress.

The College Officer responsible for degree ceremonies is the Dean of Degrees.

Booking a place at a degree ceremony

Taught course students will receive an email invitation from the Degree Conferrals Office at the start of their final year with information about booking a degree ceremony. Research students will be contacted by the Degree Conferrals Office with potential degree ceremony dates once they have received leave to supplicate. 

'Historic' students should contact for information on available ceremony dates.