University of Oxford degrees are conferred at degree ceremonies held in the Sheldonian Theatre. St Hilda's College presents at around five ceremonies per year. You may graduate in person or in absentia, either straight after you have finished your degree or many years later. Current students have priority booking of degree ceremonies in the year they take final examinations. Former students (known also as historic graduands) join a waiting list to graduate and will be allocated a ceremony if there is a space available. Full information about graduation and degree certificates can be found on the Degree Conferrals website

Most Degree Days begin with Registration in College (during which graduands register for the degree ceremony, and collect their ceremony tickets to give to their guests). This is followed by the Dean of Degrees' briefing, when the Dean of Degrees explains the ceremony and demonstrates what the graduands will be expected to do and say during the ceremony. The Dean of Degrees and the graduands then process from the College to the Sheldonian Theatre on foot. The degree ceremony takes place in the Sheldonian Theatre at 11.00am. The ceremony usually lasts for approximately an hour and a half. After the ceremony, graduands collect their degree certificates from the College. St Hilda's completes the celebrations with a lunch or garden party in College for the graduands and their guests.

The St Hilda's College Degree Day dates are:

  • Saturday 18 July 2020 at 11.00am (12 places, priority given to clinical medics)
  • Friday 25 September 2020 at 11.00am (90 places, reserved for undergraduate finalists)
  • Saturday 26 September 2020 at 11.00am (56 places, reserved for undergraduate finalists and graduate finalists)
  • Saturday 14 November 2020 at 11.00am (31 places, reserved for undergraduate finalists and graduate finalists)
  • Saturday 27 February 2021 at 11.00am (10 places, reserved for graduate finalists)

How to book your degree ceremony

The University Degree Conferrals Office administers the degree ceremony booking process. Students are invited to book a ceremony online using eVision, as described below:

Current students
You will automatically receive an email from the University's Degree Ceremonies team, giving instructions on how and when to book your degree ceremony. 
  • Undergraduate or Taught Master's students will receive an email in Michaelmas Term of your final year of study to book a place at a ceremony the following summer. The email will be sent on Friday 29 November 2019.
  • Research students will receive an email once you have been granted leave to supplicate.
If you do not receive an email please contact the Degree Ceremonies Team.


Please note the degree ceremony booking will open on eVision on Tuesday 3 December 2019 (Tuesday of Week 8) for taught (non-research) students in their final year. You can book via the 'Degree Ceremonies' tab in Student Self-Service.The booking window will close at midnight on 31 January 2020. 
St Hilda's College Academic Office will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and any charges you may be required to pay for the Degree Day. This will be approximately two months before the date of your chosen ceremony. Degree ceremony bookings close 30 days prior to the ceremony date but cancellation - or changing to another ceremony - is not permitted within 60 days of a booked ceremony. If you decide to withdraw from the ceremony during this time, your degree will be conferred at the ceremony in absentia. Please note that a degree is conferred only once.If your degree is conferred in absentia it is not possible to supplicate for the same degree in person at a later date.  If you are, due to exceptional circumstances, required to withdraw from the ceremony within the 60 day period, St Hilda's College may seek permission on your behalf from the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors to be allowed exceptionally to apply for a place at another ceremony. Exceptional circumstances might include, but are not limited to: students or their guests with serious illness, or other comparable serious and unavoidable difficulties. Exceptional circumstances do not include work commitments, volunteering commitments, holidays, visa issues (where visa applications have been left too late to be processed in time for the ceremony), the unavailability of guests or similar. You will be asked to provide evidence of these circumstances.
Alumnae/Senior Members
Historic Graduands (alumnae/senior members who have not yet graduated) and who wish to graduate in person should complete the Historic Graduand - Waiting List application form and return it to the College Academic Office. Current students have priority booking of degree ceremony places, and any remaining places are then offered to the waiting list. The Degree Conferrals Office will take into consideration preferred dates when allocating a degree ceremony place. However, please note that there is no guarantee places will be available on your preferred date. 
Historic Graduands wishing to graduate in absence should complete the Historic Graduand - In Absentia application Form and return to the College Academic Office. Degrees will be conferred in absence at the first available degree ceremony and degree certificates mailed shortly after the ceremony.
The Oxford Master of Arts
Alumnae who have already graduated with a BA or BFA degree are eligible to receive the Oxford Master of Arts 21 terms after their matriculation date. Alumnae who have graduated with a four-year Undergraduate Masters degree (MEng, MChem, MPhys, MMath, MBioChem) are not eligible to receive the MA. Following longstanding tradition, the status of Master of Arts is awarded as a mark of seniority within the University, the Master of Arts has no subject or class and is not an upgrade of the BA or an additional qualification. 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. The University charges an administrative fee of £40 (£10 admin fee plus £30 for the certificate) which must be paid by the deadline of 30 days prior to the degree ceremony date. It is a policy of St Hilda's College that the MA is awarded only in absence at a degree ceremony. If you are eligible and would like to apply for your MA, please fill in the MA Degree Booking Form and return it to the St Hilda's College Academic Office. You will receive an email confirming the date of the ceremony when your MA will be granted and at this stage you should make the £40 fee payment online. 
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