Graduation Information

Below you can find information about booking your Degree Ceremony at Pembroke, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

At Oxford, your degree is conferred onto you as part of a graduation ceremony – either in person or in absentia (in your absence). Degree ceremonies take place in the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. More information can be found on the University’s website.

The University’s Degree Ceremonies Office are responsible for inviting and organising degree ceremonies. Colleges support them with the administration of the process and Pembroke is your first point of contact for any questions.

Information for 2023/24 Undergraduate Finalists and Taught Graduate Students

What date will I be able to graduate on?

Each college is allocated several days per year they can present their students to graduate. Each date will have a limited number of places, so we cannot guarantee which date you will be successful in booking. Please note you are not able to graduate on a different college’s degree day.

You should sign into your Self Service Account when you are invited to book your ceremony to see which dates have spaces remaining. You should not make travel arrangements until you have booked your date through your Self Service Account.


Information for Research Degree Students 

If you are a current student on a research degree, you will be sent this email once you have been granted your Leave to Supplicate and you will also be able to book your ceremony through your Self Service Account. You cannot book your degree ceremony before this time.

Guest Tickets

Each graduand is allocated two guest tickets for the Sheldonian ceremony. Demand for extra tickets is very high and we are unable to confirm if we have any spare tickets until the day of the ceremony. Please ask when you arrive for registration if there are any additional tickets for the ceremony.

If your guest requires a carer to be with them during the ceremony, please contact to arrange a carers ticket.


What happens at an Oxford degree ceremony?

The Oxford degree ceremony still retains many aspects of the original 12th century ceremony, including being conducted in Latin. The video below explains the ceremony in further detail.

College celebrations on the day

Around 6 weeks before your ceremony, we will send you more information regarding booking in for the drinks and lunch reception in college on the day of your ceremony.