At the beginning of the ceremony graduands are required to wear academic dress with sub-fusc clothing:
1. Dark suit
2. Dark socks
3. Black shoes
4. Plain white collared shirt
5. White bow tie
6. Dark coat if required
1. Dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks
2. Black shoes
3. Plain white blouse or plain white collared shirt
4. Black ribbon or white bow tie
Although recent changes made by the university to sub-fusc regulations allow it, Christ Church wouddl wish the wearing of black bow ties or black neck ties to be avoided.
Any queries about the dress code may be directed to the Administrative Assistant in the Censor's Office, Miss Sinéad Adams.
The college will be pleased to arrange for the hire of any gowns you may require. A form will be sent to you detailing the academic dress you will need upon reserving your place at a ceremony:
For undergraduate degrees (BA, BFA, Undergraduate Masters) – upon entering the ceremony graduands will be required to wear the commoner’s or scholar’s gown together with the academic cap and sub-fusc (as above). On conferment of the degree the BA/BFA gown and hood is assumed.
For higher degrees – upon entering the ceremony graduands will be required to wear either the graduate gown or gown/and hood of their present Oxford degree status together with the academic cap and sub-fusc (as above). On conferment of the degree the appropriate gown/and hood is assumed.
For MA degrees – upon entering the ceremony graduands will be required to wear the BA gown and hood together with the academic cap and sub-fusc (as above). On conferment of the degree the MA gown and hood is assumed.
Please note: the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have recently informed all colleges that they intend to be strict about enforcing correct dress at degree ceremonies, even to the point of denying graduands entry to the Sheldonian Theatre if they are not correctly dressed. Hence, in order that the degree day of Christ Church graduands should not be marred (it would not be in the power of the Censors of degrees to make ad hoc relaxations), graduands are urged to follow the dress code meticulously.