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Students and their families at Graduation

Graduation

Balliol's graduation ceremonies take place on several days throughout the year, usually in the Sheldonian Theatre. Degrees must be conferred on you at a ceremony in order to collect your degree certificate, and this can be done in person or in absentia.

Graduation dates 

Confirmed dates for the 2023-2024 cycle are as follows:

  • Saturday 15 July 2023 – medics and postgraduate masters
  • Saturday 5 August 2023 – all undergraduates and some postgraduate masters whose results are released by July
  • Saturday 4 November 2023 –postgraduate masters whose results are released by July and Doctoral degrees
  • Saturday 11 May 2024 – taught postgraduates whose results will be released by December and Doctoral degrees

Current students: undergraduate/postgraduate taught courses

You will receive an invitation from the University to book online for a place on a ceremony. Look out for this email during Michaelmas Term in your final year.

You will be guaranteed a place on a ceremony in the summer following the end of your degree. If you choose to decline this invitation, but would like to attend a future ceremony, please contact us to be added to a waiting list.

Once you have booked through the University, you will be contacted by Balliol to arrange drinks reception tickets. Read the Graduation FAQs for more information.

Current students: postgraduate research courses

You may book a place on a ceremony after receiving your leave to supplicate. Look out for an email invitation from the University to your University email address. If you can't access this email, please email degrees@balliol.ox.ac.uk in order to attend a ceremony or to graduate in absentia.

Please apply to graduate promptly after receiving your leave to supplicate, otherwise you won't be guaranteed a place and might have to go on a waiting list. 

Once you have booked, you will be contacted by Balliol to arrange drinks reception tickets. Read the Graduation FAQs for more information.

If you are due to attend a ceremony and would like to change to a different ceremony, please email degrees@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

Old Members and MA degrees

Current students are given priority to attend degree ceremonies, while Old Members and those collecting MA degrees are given places where available. If you wish to graduate or to obtain your Oxford MA, either in person or in absentia, please email degrees@balliol.ox.ac.uk to be added to a waiting list.

If you are due to attend a ceremony, and would like to change to a different ceremony, please email degrees@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

Degree Certificates

You will be able to collect your degree certificate at Balliol after your ceremony. If you are graduating in absentia, your certificate will be sent to the address which you supplied when making your graduation booking.

Students who have passed their examinations but have not yet had their degrees conferred at a degree ceremony can request a degree confirmation letter free of charge. The letter will confirm successful completion of the course at the University of Oxford, the dates of attendance and the classification.

Anyone who commenced their studies during or after Michaelmas term 2007 can request a confirmation letter from the University..

If you commenced your studies at Balliol prior to Michaelmas Term 2007 and require a degree confirmation letter, please email the College Office.

Transcripts

If you commenced your studies during or after Michaelmas term 2007, Additional copies of your transcript may be ordered from the University - please see this page for details.

If you commenced your studies at Balliol prior to Michaelmas Term 2007 and you require a transcript letter, please email the College Office.

Graduation FAQs