Update on degree ceremonies from September 2021

Having taken the difficult decision to postpone degree ceremonies between May 2020 and August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has now confirmed that ceremonies are planned to resume from September 2021, subject to Government guidelines at the time.

There will also be a graduation event in July for current final year medics, who must have their degrees conferred before working in the NHS and cannot wait for a ceremony at a later date.

The University is working hard to accommodate as many graduands as possible to the ceremonies – whether they are current students, or those who have already left the University. We are also aware of significant international travel restrictions; and are therefore offering as much flexibility as possible for different groups.

There will be places at the ceremonies taking place between September and November 2021 for current students in their final year, as well as those who have already had their ceremonies postponed. Additional ceremonies will also take place from early 2022.

Current finalists have been contacted to invite them to book onto a ceremony. Colleges are also in the process of inviting graduands whose ceremonies were cancelled between May 2020 and May 2021 to the ceremonies in Michaelmas 2021.

If you are a graduate who is waiting for a rescheduled ceremony and you do not hear from us by 31 July 2021, it is likely you will be contacted once arrangements are made for the ceremonies taking place from 2022. This is because Jesus College only has one ceremony in the autumn for those whose ceremonies were cancelled, and we unfortunately do not have capacity at this event to invite everyone who is awaiting a ceremony.

If you have an urgent cause to attend a ceremony in 2021, you should contact us before 15 July 2021 on: degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk

It you would prefer not to wait for a ceremony, you still have the option to have your degree conferred in absentia. Please contact the Development Office if you would like to do this. You can also order a degree confirmation letter in advance of your ceremony at no additional charge here:

Order a degree confirmation letter


Graduands will be informed of any changes that affect them, and we would advise all students to consult the University's web page on the situation, for the latest general information and guidance:

Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice and updates  

As with many things about Oxford, there are countless traditions and technicalities surrounding the Degree Days that may lead to confusion. We’re happy to help guide you on your journey to becoming a graduate, whichever degree you are having conferred.

Please choose the heading below that is most applicable to your personal situation for tailored information about degree conferral. If you have any further questions not covered in these guides, please do get in touch by emailing degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk .