Degree Days and Graduating

Christ Church is very pleased to facilitate the taking of degrees by members of the House and looks forward to welcoming its graduands to celebrate this important achievement.

Formal submission of degree candidates to the University at the Sheldonian Theatre is undertaken by the Censors of Degrees, Professor Judith Pallot and Professor Mishtooni Bose. 

The organisational and hospitality arrangements are made through the Academic Administrator, Mrs Rebecca Varley in the Censors’ Office (tel.: 01865 286574, e-mail: rebecca.varley@chch.ox.ac.uk)

Booking a Degree Ceremony

Book a degree Day

Current Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students will receive an email invitation in November of their final year inviting them to log into the eVision degree ceremonies booking system.

Research students granted leave to supplicate will receive an email invitation with information about booking a degree ceremony.

Students who have already completed their course (or wish to have their MA conferred in person) may request to be put on the waiting list for their preferred degree ceremony date. Please email Rebecca Varley for further information. 

It is possible to be awarded a degree “in absentia” (i.e., without being present at the ceremony). If you wish to have a degree conferred in this manner, please notify Rebecca Varley who will make the necessray arrangements.

Once a candidate’s name has been entered, he or she may not withdraw from the ceremony. If a candidate is unable to be present having been entered, the degree will be conferred in absentia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Degree Days FAQs

How many guests can I bring to my graduation ceremony?

You may bring up to three guests (two guests from July 2019).

What do I have to wear to my graduation ceremony?

Graduands are required to wear academic dress with sub-fusc clothing. Detailed regulations including hire costs can be accessed through the 'Downloads' section of this page. 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. Any queries about the dress code may be addressed to Rebecca Varley.

Do I have to pay for my graduation ceremony?

There is no charge to attend a ceremony or luncheon/afternoon tea in College. The only fee is a £40 conferral fee, which is applicable to MA graduands only. All candidates will need to pay for gown hire or purchase their own.

Can children attend the ceremony?

The University regrets that the ceremony is not suitable for children under the age of seven.

When am I eligible to confer my MA?

BA and BFA graduands are entitled to proceed in due course to the MA degree, which may be taken seven years following original matriculation (in or after the 21st term from matriculation). Please note that this does not apply to those who take undergraduate Masters degrees (e.g. M.Eng, MMaths, M.PhysPhil, MChem, MBiochem, MPhys).

A £40 fee is payable. MAs are automatically members of the Convocation, conferring certain voting rights (e.g. in the election of the Chancellor of the University). Members of the House who are members of Convocation are also entitled to dine at High Table by implied invitation, and at their own request and modest expense, provided arrangements are made in advance with the Steward's Office.

Is there an official photographer?

Gillman & Soame will take official photographs in College after the ceremony. A DVD of the ceremony will be available to purchase online.

How do I obtain a degree certificate?

Once you have your degree conferred at a degree ceremony either in person or in absentia, you will automatically receive a Degree Certificate. This will be sent to you by recorded delivery. It is essential that you put the address to which you would like your certificate posted on your degree ceremony booking form.

If you have passed your examinations and have not had your degree conferred at a degree ceremony, or if you have attended a ceremony but require proof of your award to present to a third party, you can request a degree confirmation letter free of charge. 

How do I change my name on my degree certificate?

The name which you held during your course of study will be the name on the Degree Certificate and Confirmation of Degree statement. The only retrospective changes that can be made are where an administrative error has occurred or where we are required to make a retrospective change under the provisions of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

If you have changed your name following completion of your course of study (for example, through marriage, or by Deed Poll) and wish to demonstrate to a prospective employer or education institution that your Degree Certificate belongs to you, supporting documentation showing the name change should accompany the Certificate.

I have lost my degree certificate. Can I order a replacement?

Replacement certificates can be ordered through the online University Shop.

How do I order an on-course or replacement transcript?

Please see the Univeristy website for infomation on on-course and final transcripts.