Graduation gathering near the Chapel


Update regarding ceremonies running up until March 2021

The University has taken the difficult decision to postpone degree ceremonies taking place between February and March 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. This follows on from the earlier announcements postponing ceremonies from May to November 2020.  (A decision will be made in February regarding the ceremonies due to take place in May 2021.)

Students who registered to attend the postponed ceremonies in person will now have a choice whether to have their degree conferred in absentia, or to attend a ceremony at a later date. Given the logistical challenges involved, rescheduled degree ceremonies will have to be modified from their current form – but we will aim to keep the existing format and venues as much as possible. All students affected by this development have now been contacted direct.


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.  

We are currently awaiting the New College dates for the 2021/22 cycle.

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.