University ceremonies

What is Matriculation?

Our students are engaged on “matriculated study”. This means that our students become full members of the University’s academic community through a Matriculation Ceremony. Attendance at a Ceremony soon after the start of study is mandatory for all students except in certain circumstances. The College’s Offer Letter will give details of the Ceremony you should attend or advise if you are subject to alternative arrangements.

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. If you are required to attend 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).