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Arrangements on the Day

Spectators at the Ceremony

Relatives and friends may attend the ceremony, but space is limited and tickets are required for all ceremonies. The number of spectator tickets available to each graduand is indicated on the table on the main Degree Days webpage. You will need to confirm how many tickets you would like when you complete the Degree Day Booking Form.

The University advise that the ceremony is not suitable for children under the age of seven. Doors open about half an hour before the ceremony and it is advisable to arrive in good time. Guests will be directed by the security staff on the door.


Gillman and Soame will be covering the degree days and will be taking photographs at Christ Church immediately after lunch. Information about this can be found at:


After the Degree Ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre, or Examination Schools, the pleasure of the company of new graduands is requested at luncheon on the invitation of the Governing Body. We hope that graduands will be able to stay for lunch. Guest places at lunch are, however, limited and priority is given to (up to three) guests of those having an undergraduate degree conferred. Occasionally a further guest place may be available. Also, whenever possible, the guests of other graduands are accommodated, though availability may not be known until a week or two in advance of the occasion. We shall do all we can to welcome as many guests as possible, subject always to the limits of space available. Sinéad Adams is pleased to provide further advice.

Different arrangements apply to the large Christ Church specific degree day at the beginning of May when it is possible to offer hospitality to all graduands and their three guests in Hall.

Preliminary drinks are served from 1.00 p.m. Luncheon will follow at 1.30 p.m.

Data Protection

Graduands, guests, and staff attending should be aware that graduation ceremonies are regarded as public events. Names and degrees of graduands are published in the graduate programme. Audio and visual images of the ceremony are publicly available via the sale of personalised videos of the ceremony.


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