Graduation Ceremonies are co-ordinated by College and the University and are usually held in the Sheldonian Theatre. The College has places allocated to it by the University at a number of graduation ceremonies throughout the year at which your degree can be conferred. As graduation is dependent on completion of your programme of study and the availability of a College place, the dates offered to you may differ to the ceremonies offered to other people on your course and your friends within College. College will be responsible for the detailed arrangements for your graduation.

The University has three “graduation seasons” aligned with when the final results for most taught programmes are expected to be published. These graduation seasons are:

  • July/August
  • November
  • February — May

Kellogg presents students for graduation in all these seasons. However, as the number of places allocated to Kellogg at these ceremonies varies, with places allocated to College for the different programme types based upon the expected number of finishers, you might not be offered a graduation ceremony in each of the seasons.

Places for taught programmes’ students are typically allocated to Ceremonies closest to the scheduled publication of results. Places for research programmes’ students are allocated across the cycle to account for the individual publication of results.

Please note: permission to graduate (supplicate) may be withheld from any student with outstanding course fees debts to the University or the College.

Graduation Ceremonies and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The University has taken the difficult decision to postpone degree ceremonies taking place between May 2020 and August 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. No decisions have yet been taken about ceremonies from September 2021 onwards. Further information will follow as soon as possible about future ceremonies and Kellogg is as fully supportive as possible in helping you celebrate your success. The University recommends that ensure your personal email address is correct in Student Self Service and you keep note of your Single Sign On (SSO) credentials.

The following guidance is based upon the normal arrangements for graduation and might, therefore, be subject to change in light of any continuing restrictions.
We hope the below information will help to answer any questions you may have about booking your graduation. For further information or to make amendments to your graduation booking, please contact the Academic Office,

Booking your Graduation

Ordinarily, invitations to book a place at a graduation ceremony will be issued by email from the University’s Degree Conferrals Office. This email will provide instructions on making a booking through Student Self Service. When you are invited to book your graduation, you will be presented options based upon the availability of places for Kellogg and the timing of the actual or expected completion of your studies. Where possible, students will be given a choice between several Ceremonies when making their initial booking. If an option is shown as “unavailable” this indicates that a Ceremony is feasible for you but no places are available at present. It is possible that these systems may change due to the pandemic so please be sure to follow the latest instructions.

Students are encouraged to make their choice promptly as places are booked on a first come, first served basis. The timing of this invitation will depend upon the type of programme you are undertaking.

  • Research students (DPhils and MSc by Research) will be invited to book when they receive their Leave to Supplicate. This usually follows the viva voce examination and the expiry of any period given for corrections.
  • Modular masters students (some MSc and MSt courses) will receive an invitation to book after the publication of their final results. The modular masters courses are MSc Evidence-Based Healthcare (all strands), MSc Experimental and Translational Therapeutics, MSc Mathematical Finance, MSc Nanotechnology for Health Care & Medicine, MSc Software Engineering, MSc Software and Systems Security, MSc Surgical Science and Practice, and MSt Practical Ethics.
  • Non-modular masters students (all MBA, EMBA, MFA, MPhil, MPP, MSc, and MSt courses not listed above), will receive an email invitation from the Degree Conferrals Office in December of your final year of study and given until the end of the following January to do so. After this booking window has closed, please contact the Academic Office to make arrangements to be added to a ceremony waiting list.
  • Research or taught students who finished in a previous academic year should contact the Academic Office to make arrangements to be added to a ceremony waiting list.
  • PGCE students and students reading for a PGCert or PGDip do not attend Graduation Ceremonies. Separate award presentations and celebrations are arranged by Departments for these students.

Whilst we hope that you will be able to take graduation as an opportunity to celebrate your success with friends and family, some students choose to graduate in absentia (i.e. without attending a Ceremony). This is an arrangement under which a student’s name is entered onto the list of graduands but they are not present for the conferral in the Ceremony. There are many reasons for graduating in this way and it can be arranged through the booking system.

In some circumstances, it is possible that there will be no places available for some students to graduate. If this happens, there are alternatives that can be pursued.

  • graduating in absence (“in absentia”)
  • being waitlisted for a suitable Ceremony

The Academic Office can advise on these options in light of your particular circumstances.

Please note that, as Student Self Service presents options based upon the availability of places for Kellogg and the timing of the actual or expected completion of your studies, alternatives are rarely available. Therefore, if the system offers an option (or options) that do not align with expected availability or that clash with other commitments, for those wishing to graduate in person we would normally recommend booking a place at a Ceremony if one is available. The lead time for graduation is often long enough that attendance can, in many cases, be made possible (e.g. by rescheduling other commitments). Pursuing an alternative (joining a Ceremony waiting list or simply postponing graduation) will almost always lead to a delay and complicate arrangements for you and any guests who will be joining you.

If you choose to postpone your graduation, you will be unable to make an immediate booking in the future and your graduation booking will be added to a Ceremony waiting list. This can be arranged by the Academic Office.

Making changes to your Graduation booking

If you discover that you can no longer attend your graduation, please cancel your booking as soon as possible, and no later than 60 days before the Ceremony. This includes candidates on the waiting list for a Ceremony. If you do not, and/or if you are booked onto a space that becomes available after 60 days before the Ceremony, you will not be permitted to cancel your booking and you will graduate in absentia unless there are exceptional circumstances.

If you booked your graduation before completing your studies (non-modular masters students) and it is within the booking window (December-January of the final year of study) then a change can often be made in the system. You can cancel the booking and, if a place is available at another Ceremony, re-book. If a place is not available at another Ceremony, then the Academic Office can advise on how to proceed.

If you booked prior to completion of study and the booking window has closed, then it will usually be possible to cancel the booking via the system. It will not normally be possible to re-book to graduate in person. The Academic Office can advise on waiting list options or postponement to a later date.

If you booked after completion of study (research and modular masters students), it is usually possible to manage the change entirely within the booking system. Simply login and follow the links to make the change.

Ceremony Waiting Lists

If you miss the window for booking onto a ceremony, or if all the ceremonies happen to be already fully booked, you can be placed on a waiting list for a specific ceremony. This can usually be done through Student Self Service. If this is not possible, the Academic Office can assist.

If you choose to go on a waiting list for a Ceremony, should a place become available, you could be added automatically to the Ceremony as little as 30 days before the date. If you are added less than 60 days before the Ceremony then you will not be able to be removed from the graduation and if you are unable to attend, you will graduate in absentia. It is up to you to inform the College if and when you would like to be removed from a Ceremony waiting list so that you do not find yourself in a position where you become booked to attend a Ceremony for which it would be too late to make arrangements.

Historic students (completed their studies in a previous academic year) are not able to make an immediate booking so all graduation bookings are made via the Ceremony waiting list process.

Updated on: 15/03/2021