University ceremonies

What is Matriculation?

Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University. Attendance is compulsory for all students on matriculated programmes whether studying full-time or part-time and you must matriculate within two terms of starting your course. If your course starts in Michaelmas Term then you will be expected to matriculate on Saturday 14 October 2017 and you will be invited to book in due course*. If you miss this ceremony, or if your course starts at a different time, there is a further ceremony at the end of Michaelmas Term and at the end of each Hilary and Trinity Term.

*Separate matriculation ceremonies are arranged for students on the following courses: MSt International Human Rights Law, MSc Taxation, MSc Major Programme Management, Executive MBA, and MSc Mathematical Finance. Your Department will provide you with further details on the date of your ceremony.

The Matriculation Ceremony is a formal academic event so academic dress MUST be worn. For further information on what to wear for Matriculation please refer to our guide.

Following the Ceremony we invite students to join us for a celebratory lunch and each student is welcome to bring one guest with them. The College will be in touch with you by email to arrange your matriculation in due course.

How do I book to attend a Graduation ceremony?

This depends upon the type of programme on which you are studying.

Research students (MSc by Research, DPhil) are invited to book for Graduation following notice of Leave to Supplicate (issued after a successful thesis defence).

Students on modular taught programmes (e.g. MSc Software Engineering, MSc Software and Security Systems, MSc Evidence-Based Health Care) are invited to book for Graduation following publication of their final course results.

Students on non-modular taught programmes will be contacted in late November of their final year and invited to book a place at Graduation. Students will have priority booking until January.

PGCE students and those reading for a PGCert or PGDip do not attend a Graduation ceremony as separate award presentations and celebrations are arranged by the Department/Faculty.

A more detailed guide to graduation arrangements can be found here (please note you will need an Oxford SSO to see this page).