Current undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will be emailed an invitation to book a graduation ceremony in the Michaelmas Term of their final year. (N.B. This means that students on 9- or 12-month Master's courses will receive their booking invitation within 1-2 months of starting their courses.) Postgraduate research students who successfully complete their courses will be emailed a graduation booking invitation upon receiving leave to supplicate.
Graduands who finish their course on or after October 13 2019 will need to attend a ceremony within three years of being awarded their degree, after which only graduation in absentia would be available. Graduands who have finished their course before this date and those seeking award of MA may continue to attend ceremonies subject to places being available (with priority continuing to be given to recent graduates).
If you are alumna/alumnus who received your degree results in or before December 2012 and/or wish to take your MA, and would like to graduate in person, please contact the Academic Assistant (email@example.com or +44 (0)1865 276544) with your name, matriculation year, degree to be conferred, and address to which you'd like your degree certificate to be sent. You will then be placed on a waiting list, and will be contacted when a space comes available at a future ceremony.
Please note that it is not possible for the University to guarantee you a space at your preferred ceremony, and that it may be several months or more before the University is able to offer you a place. If you have completed your course and wish to graduate in absentia at the next available graduation ceremony, please submit your graduation booking application by completing the instructions in the 'Graduation in Absentia' section below. You will be expected to pay any charges for graduation at the time of booking, this includes the £40 MA fee.
Ceremony Guest Tickets Update
From July 2019, the number of guest tickets each graduand who has a confirmed booking for a degree ceremony will receive will be two. Colleges will be allocated any spare tickets to distribute directly. Please note that there will be a lot of demand for spare tickets. The Academic Office will do their best to help regarding spare tickets for guests but cannot guarantee that they can provide them.
Graduation Lunches and Receptions
Current students who have booked their graduation ceremony through eVision and who wish to attend the corresponding graduation celebration event in College should select the appropriate event from the list below. Please note that you must have already booked your degree ceremony. Each event is only open to students who will be graduating in person at the ceremony occurring on the same day as the event.
Students may bring up to three guests to the smaller ceremonies, but at the larger summer ceremonies this may reduce to just two. Guest places at the graduation celebration event cost £12.00 each, but graduands can attend for free. The event for the ceremonies will be a light buffet lunch.
The Oxford Master of Arts Degree
In most UK universities, the Master of Arts is a free-standing graduate degree awarded by examination. In Oxford (as in Cambridge), the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred twenty-one terms after matriculation. Please note the Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It therefore has no subject or class, and the nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs.
If you have completed a BA or BFA you will be eligible to take an MA in or after the 21st term since you matriculated (i.e. seven years after matriculation). This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia). You must have had your BA or BFA conferred in order to take your MA. They can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated. You are not at any point eligible to take an MA if your undergraduate degree is an Oxford integrated Masters degree. If you are eligible and wish to take your MA, please see the booking section below.
If you are attending a degree ceremony to confer your MA (or DD, DCL, DM or MCh), you will be required to kneel in front of the VC, who touches each person on the head with a Testament, admitting them ‘In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’. Please see the University website for further information. If you would like to have the Non-Christian formula at the degree ceremony, please notify the College at the time of booking. It will not be permitted to request the Non-Christian formula on the day of the degree ceremony.
Graduation in Absentia
If you do not wish to or are unable to attend a graduation ceremony in Oxford, you can choose to graduate 'in absentia'. A graduand who chooses to graduate 'in absentia' does not have to attend a degree ceremony, and can have their degree certificate sent to an address of their choosing. There is no charge to graduate 'in absentia', except for those who wish to receive their Oxford MA, for which there is a £40 charge.
To book, please email the Academic Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org