Graduation gathering near the Chapel


Update regarding ceremonies running up until the end of 2021

Having taken the difficult decision to postpone degree ceremonies between May 2020 and August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has now confirmed that ceremonies are planned to resume from September 2021, subject to Government guidelines at the time.  

We are working hard to accommodate as many graduands as possible to the ceremonies – whether they are current students, or those who have already left the University. We are also aware of significant international travel restrictions; are therefore offering as much flexibility as possible for different groups.  

There will be places at the ceremonies taking place between September and November 2021 for current students in their final year, as well as those who have already had their ceremonies postponed.  Additional ceremonies will also take place from early 2022.  

If you are a graduate who is waiting for a ceremony, and you do not hear from us in the near future, it is likely you will be contacted once arrangements start being made for the ceremonies taking place from 2022.  

Invitations for ceremonies scheduled between February and June 2022 will be opening towards the end of 2021.  Graduands eligible to attend will receive advanced notice in due course of when the invitation window will open.

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 2022 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 up to 2 ceremony tickets and 2 College event tickets for guests.

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' and potential MA (Oxon) graduands should contact for information on available ceremony dates.  Currently these degrees are all being conferred in absentia.