Congratulations on finishing your current course of study at Wolfson! We are delighted to help you celebrate your achievement with your family and friends as you graduate.
All graduation ceremonies are held at the Sheldonian Theatre and last approximately 1¼ hrs. For ceremonies through May 2019, each graduand will automatically receive three (3) tickets for their guests. Due to building works on the Sheldonian, students attending ceremonies from July 2019 will receive two (2) tickets for their guests. The College will operate a waitlist for students wanting more tickets, but as the Sheldonian's capacity is limited, these cannot be guaranteed. Please email the Academic Office to be added to this waitlist. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
If you are interested in finding out more about the ceremony in the Sheldonian, we encourage you to view the current Degree Ceremony Brochure.
On the day of your graduation there will be a number of events in College, including a photographic session, meal and the Signing of the Graces.
To graduate you need to:
- Book a ceremony place
- Arrange your academic dress hire through a local vendor
- Purchase graduation meals for you and your guests (optional but highly recommended)
- Attend the Signing of the Graces preceding the college meal (mandatory for all graduands)
Any outstanding academic fees must be paid in full before you can graduate. Graduands must also be in good financial standing with the College before booking graduation day meals.
Graduation Dates 2018-2019
- Saturday, 14 July 2018, 11.00
- Saturday, 21 July 2018, 16.30
- Friday, 27 July 2018, 11.00
- Saturday, 3 November 2018, 11.00am
- Saturday, 10 November 2018, 14.30
- Saturday, 11 May 2019, 11.00
Degree ceremony bookings close 60 days prior to the ceremony date. It is not usually possible to change or cancel your graduation date after the booking window has closed and your degree will be conferred in absentia. If you decide to withdraw from your chosen ceremony after the booking window has closed, you should contact the Academic Office as soon as possible.
Booking a Ceremony Place
Other Arrangements for Graduation Day
For graduation you will need to wear sub fusc and carry a mortar board or wear a soft cap at all times. In the first half of the ceremony, you will wear the advanced student gown or the gown and hood of a previously awarded Oxford degree. During the second half, you wear the gown and (master's only) hood of your new degree. You will change gowns in the Divinity School located behind the Sheldonian where you meet before the ceremony with the Dean of Degrees. The College does not rent or provide gowns for graduations and we advise that you hire gowns from one of the local vendors.
Graduation Meal in College
Around 30 days before the ceremony, the Academic Office will send you an invitation to book places at a light buffet in College, hosted by the President or their Deputy.
The College pays the meal costs for the graduand and up to two guests while extra guest meals cost £20 (incl. VAT) per head. You may book as many places for your guests at the meal as you wish but we regret that we cannot accept additional guests after the booking deadline has passed.
Please note that graduands must also be in good financial standing with the College before booking graduation day meals.
Signing of the Graces
A drinks reception for graduands and their families and the Signing of the Graces in the Upper Common Room will be held at College before the ceremony. For the Graces, all graduands must report to the Dean of Degrees and sign the register to verify their attendance, otherwise they will not be permitted to graduate. The Dean of Degrees will submit the Graces to the University before the ceremony starts.
Gillman & Soame, the College's official photographer, will be taking photographs of graduands and their families in front of the punt harbour. If you visit Gillman & Soame’s website and bring a printout of their completed form with you, you will receive £5 off your photography order. It is not compulsory to have a formal photograph taken, you are of course very welcome to take your own photos.
Guest Tickets for the Sheldonian Ceremony
All graduands will be allocated up to 3 (2 from July 2019) guest tickets for the ceremony in Sheldonian Theatre, available to collect from the Lodge 24 hours prior to the ceremony. Graduands do not need a ticket for the ceremony.
When we ask you to book places at the meal in College, you will also be asked to confirm the total number of tickets you would like for the ceremony at the Sheldonian. If you request fewer than the maximum number of tickets, your spare ticket(s) will be allocated to other graduands who have requested more than the maximum of tickets.
If you have requested extra tickets, please note that additional tickets only become available should another graduand not require all that they have been allocated. This means that it is unlikely that additional tickets will become available and we will not be able to confirm any extra tickets until a few days before the ceremony. The College kindly advises graduands not to make any non-refundable travel arrangements with the expectation of receiving extra guest tickets.
Friends and family who are unable to attend in person will be able to watch the ceremony live via the University's new streaming service. You can also buy a copy of your ceremony on multi-region DVD from the University's online gift shop.
Your supervisor may request a special ticket to attend your ceremony by contacting the Academic Office.
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