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Degree Day Frequently Asked Questions

Information for taught finalists

  • How do I book on a ceremony?

    All current finalists will receive an email invitation from the University at the end of Michaelmas Term to book on a ceremony the following year. Finalists will have until 31 January to select a date through Student Self Service.

  • Why am I being offered a limited choice of ceremonies?

    Certain ceremonies are only open to particular groups of students because of the timing of exam board meetings. It is also possible that the ceremony of your choice is full.

  • What are my options if I have missed the deadline?

    After 31 January, it is not possible for finalists to book themselves on a ceremony through Student Self Service. You can email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk to ask to be added to a ceremony. If a place is available, the college will ask the University to add you.

  • What are my options if I not available on any of the dates?

    You can email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk and ask to be added to the waiting list for next year’s ceremonies. Please note that you will be treated as an alumna/alumnus and might therefore have a limited choice of ceremonies.

  • What are my options if the ceremony of my choice is full?

    You can email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk and ask to be added to the waiting list. If a place becomes available, the college will ask the University to add you.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    You can cancel your place up to 60 days before the ceremony. After this deadline, you will be required to graduate in absence and will not be able to attend a future ceremony.

  • How do I cancel my booking?

    You can cancel this through Student Self Service. It is helpful if you can also email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk so your place can be offered to someone else.

Information for research graduates

  • How do I book on a ceremony?

    A certain number of places are reserved at each ceremony for research graduates. Those doing research degrees will automatically be emailed by the University when they have received leave to supplicate and invited to book on a ceremony through Student Self Service. We would encourage you to do this as soon as possible before your access to Single Sign On expires.

Information for alumni

  • How do I book to receive my degree in absence?

    Alumni will need to complete and return a degree ceremony booking form (www.some.ox.ac.uk/studying-here/degree-days) so the college has the most up-to-date contact details. You will then be added to the next available ceremony.

  • How do I book to receive my degree in person?

    Alumni will need to complete and return a degree ceremony booking form (www.some.ox.ac.uk/studying-here/degree-days) so the college has the most up-to-date contact details. Current finalists have priority so it is not possible to confirm if places are available for alumni until after the deadline of 31 January.

  • What are my options if the ceremony of my choice is full?

    You can email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk and ask to be added to the waiting list. If a place becomes available, the college will ask the University to add you. Please note that priority is given to finalists on waiting lists.

  • Is it possible to have two degrees conferred at one ceremony?

    Only one degree can be conferred in person at a ceremony. Normally, the higher degree is conferred in person and the lower degree is conferred in absence.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    You can cancel your place up to 60 days before the ceremony. After this deadline, you will be required to graduate in absence and will not be able to attend a future ceremony.

  • How do I cancel my booking?

    You should email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk.

Information about the Oxford MA

  • Who is eligible to receive the Oxford MA?

    Students who have completed the BA are eligible to receive the MA 21 terms after matriculation (i.e. seven years after matriculation). Please note that if your BA has not been conferred, this will need to be arranged at the same time you book to receive your MA.

  • How do I book to receive my MA in absence?

    Alumni will need to complete and return a degree ceremony booking form (www.some.ox.ac.uk/studying-here/degree-days) so the college has the most up-to-date contact details. You will then be added to the next available ceremony.

  • How do I book to receive my MA in person?

    Alumni will need to complete and return a degree ceremony booking form (www.some.ox.ac.uk/studying-here/degree-days) so the college has the most up-to-date contact details. Somerville will be presenting MA graduands at the ceremony on Saturday 2 March 2019. Please note that it is not possible to confirm MA bookings until three months before the ceremony. This is to ensure that priority is given to those students receiving their first degree from Oxford.

  • Is there a charge for the Oxford MA?

    You are required to pay £40. This charge is set by the University and should be paid after the booking is processed through eVision. Payment should be made through the University online store (www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/degree-conferrals/ma-fee-and-certificate) once your ceremony booking has been confirmed.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    You can cancel your place up to 60 days before the ceremony. After this deadline, you will be required to graduate in absence and will not be able to attend a future ceremony.

  • How do I cancel my booking?

    You should email degreedays@some.ox.ac.uk.

Information about the ceremony and reception

  • How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

    Each graduand is automatically allocated three guest tickets to the ceremony.

  • Can I have an additional ceremony ticket?

    It is possible that spare tickets might become available, but this is dependent on graduands not using their full quota. Any spare tickets will be limited to one per graduand and will be reallocated on a first come first served basis. Details of how to request an additional ticket will be confirmed approximately eight weeks before the ceremony.

  • Is the ceremony suitable for children?

    The guidance from the University is that the ceremony is unsuitable for children under seven.

  • How many guests can I bring to the reception?

    Each graduand can bring three guests to the reception.

  • Can I bring an additional guest to the reception?

    It is possible that spare places might become available, but this is dependent on graduands not using their full quota. Any spare places will be limited to one per graduand and will be reallocated on a first come first served basis. Details of how to request an additional guest place will be confirmed approximately eight weeks before the ceremony.

  • Is there a charge for the reception?

    This is complimentary for graduands and there is a charge of £13.50 for each guest.

  • What will I need to wear?

    You will need to wear sub fusc and the relevant gown(s) or hood(s) for your degree. You will be sent full details approximately eight weeks before the ceremony. Please note that the college does not provide gowns or hoods.

  • How will I receive my certificate?

    If you are graduating in absence, your certificate will be posted after the ceremony. If you are graduating on Saturday 21 July 2018 or Saturday 28 July 2018, your certificate will be posted in late August 2018. Certificates for finalists will be sent to the address in Student Self Service. Certificates for alumni will be sent to the address on the booking form. For all other ceremonies, certificates will be available to collect from the Lodge during the reception.

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