Graduation gathering near the Chapel


University of Oxford degrees are conferred at graduation ceremonies held in the Sheldonian Theatre

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

Each graduand is allocated 2 guest ceremony tickets by the University, and guests can, of course, attend the optional lunch or drinks reception at College afterwards.

The College will hire the relevant gowns for graduands.  Orders for gowns and the specific College event are made through the website.  Full details are sent to graduands about 2 months before their graduation.  

Our photographer will be available to take photos in College, with online orders taken afterwards.

There will be the option to watch the ceremony online, using mobile devices, for family/friends not attending the ceremony.  The live video link will be available nearer the time.

There is plenty of information available  on the Degree Ceremonies webpage (Degree ceremonies | University of Oxford); including:  

•    a short video guiding graduands through what will happen on the day.     
•    a digital Degree Day Brochure providing a detailed explanation of the ceremony, complete with a translation of the Latin script.   
•    an extensive FAQ section is also available, should graduands or their guests require further information on everything from dress code to venue accessibility.    

The 2022/23 New College Degree Day dates are:

Saturday 13 May 2023 at 10:30-11:50 (fully booked)

Saturday 20 May at 16:15-17:45


The 2023/24 New College Degree Day dates are:

Saturday 15 July 2023 at 10:30-11:50

Saturday 5 August 2023 at 10:30-11:50

Friday 22 September 2023 at 10:30-11:50 (main undergraduate ceremony)

Saturday 4 November 2023 at 10:30-11:50

Saturday 24 February 2024 at 10:30-11:50


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 graduands' and potential MA (Oxon) graduands should contact for information on available ceremony dates.  Currently the MA (Oxon) degrees are being conferred in absentia, although conferrals will resume in person at ceremonies from July 2023.