Please read the following information about graduation and degree ceremonies. You might also find the frequently asked questions useful.
Ceremony dates in 2020/21 – booking closed
Please see the University Covid-19 news page for updates on all University activities. Currently degree ceremonies cannot happen due to Covid-19.
We will update this page as soon as ceremonies can begin again, most likely in 2021.
The process for booking on a degree ceremony (when available) varies depending on the following:
- The type of graduand
- The time of year
Current undergraduate and taught graduate finalists
All current finalists will normally 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.
*NB – arrangements for 2020/21 finalists have yet to be confirmed*
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.
Anyone who has not taken their degree in the past and wants to receive it in person should complete and return the Degree ceremony booking form. Please note that current finalists have priority during December and January each year. Any alumni bookings taken during this period will be processed, but will not be confirmed until February. If you would like to receive your degree in absence, please complete and return the Degree ceremony booking form and you will be added to the next available ceremony.
The status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms 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 absence.
If you would like to receive your MA in person, please complete and return the Degree ceremony booking form. Please note that students receiving their first degree have priority for places so it will not normally be possible to confirm in person bookings until three months before the ceremony. If you would like to receive your MA in absence, please complete and return the Degree ceremony booking form and you will be added to the next available ceremony. You will also need to pay the MA charge of £40 through the University Online Store.
*NB – there are currently no ceremony dates to book onto*
What to wear
Graduands must wear the following:
- your preferred sub fusc
- either dark suit with dark socks, or dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks
- dark coat if required
- black shoes
- plain white collared shirt or blouse
- white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon
- the appropriate academic dress including a mortar board or soft cap
You will be sent more information about academic dress approximately eight weeks before your ceremony.
Degree certificates are provided by the University rather than Somerville. They are automatically issued following graduation whether you have received your degree in person or in absence. You must have graduated at a degree ceremony either in person or in absence in order to obtain a degree certificate.
If you have not yet graduated, but need proof that you have completed your degree, you can order a degree confirmation letter from the Degree Conferrals Office. If you have lost your original degree certificate, you can order a replacement from the same office.