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Degrees at Oxford are not automatically conferred on the successful completion of a course and certificates are not issued by the University until after the formal conferment at a ceremony.

Degrees may be conferred by attendance at a ceremony or in absentia. Blackfriars Hall participates in the 'College specific' degree ceremony for finalists of that year at the beginning of each academic year and has an attendance quota at certain of the degree ceremonies during the academic year. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis; there is no limit on the number for conferment in absentia.There is no time limit for conferment of any degree.

Guest allocation for the graduation ceremonies is three tickets per graduand.  Graduands themselves do not need a ticket.

It is recommended that children under the age of seven do not attend the ceremony but if graduands do wish to bring children, the parent/guardian should try and sit near an exit so that they may leave quickly and quietly should the child get restless. Please also note that the child will need their own ceremony ticket unless they will be sitting on their parent/guardian’s lap.

The dress code is strictly adhered to. Please follow it carefully!

There are THREE parts to what you need to wear. Firstly, the graduate gown. Secondly, the headwear (a mortar board or soft cap). Thirdly, sub-fusc (which in itself consists of five elements). If you a serving member of HM Forces, you are permitted to wear your uniform instead of sub-fusc

In addition to the three parts to academic dress as described above, for graduation ceremonies you must ALSO bring with you the gown and hood (or just gown if you will be receiving your DPhil) of the degree you are going to receive at the ceremony. The reason for having two gowns is that you change into the gown befitting your new Oxford status as part of the ceremony of that degree being conferred upon you.

You will need to provide your own sub fusc. You can easily purchase academic dress from several specialist clothing shops in the city: the staff there will be happy to help you if you’re in doubt about what you need. The two main outfitters in the city are Ede & Ravenscroft and Shepherd & Woodward.

The University website also has information on the regulations relating to academic dress.

The Hall Officer responsible for degree ceremonies is the Dean of Degrees.

Booking a place at a degree ceremony

Undergratuate or Taught Masters students: You will automatically receive an email before the end of Michaelmas term in your final year of study, with instructions on how to login to the Student Systems eVision Degree Ceremony booking system. If you do not receive an email, please contact Student Systems Support at

Research students: You will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to login to the Student Systems eVision Degree Ceremony booking system once you have been granted Leave to Supplicate. If you do not receive an invite at this time, please contact Student Systems Support at

You can find more details, and an FAQ here:

Certificates and confirmation letters

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. This statement is on official University letter-headed paper. The letter will confirm that you have successfully completed your course at Oxford, the dates of attendance and the classification you received.

You can find information on how to order one here:

Oxford MA

In most UK universities, the Master of Arts is a free-standing graduate degree awarded by examination. In Oxford (as in Cambridge), the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms after matriculation. Please note the Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It therefore has no subject or class, and the nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs.

If you have completed a BA or you will be eligible to take an MA in or after the 21st term since you matriculated (i.e. seven years after matriculation). This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia). You must have had your BA  conferred in order to take your MA. They can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated.

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