This is the schedule for your Graduation Day, when the LMH Development Office welcomes Graduands and their guests to LMH and supports them on this very special event.

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own graduation gown. If you need to hire a gown please contact Shepherd and Woodward of the High Street, Oxford, on 01865 249491, or hire online at: You can arrange to collect your gown from their shop for free, or have it delivered to LMH for an additional charge.

The graduation ceremony takes place in the Sheldonian Theatre, and lasts for roughly one and a half hours. Please read the following schedule for the day carefully, as punctuality is essential! Also please pay special attention to the NB: sections.

NB: If you or any of your guests have special mobility requirements please inform the Development Office so that arrangements can be made for access to the Sheldonian Theatre.


From 8:30 to 9:30: Registration, in the Paul Oster Room (Clore Graduate Centre building), and buffet breakfast in Deneke Dining Hall

  • All Graduands must register by signing the Dean of Degrees’ List. NB: Your degree cannot be conferred unless the Dean of Degrees’ register is signed.
  • During registration Graduands will collect guest ceremony tickets. Graduands do not need a ticket for the ceremony.
  • Graduands may collect their Gown and Hood if they've arranged this to be delivered to LMH through Shepherd and Woodward.
  • Photographers will be in attendance.
  • At the same time, a buffet breakfast for those who have booked and prepaid will be available in Deneke Dining Hall (link to the booking page can be found below). It is important that those who do wish to have breakfast have first registered by signing the Dean of Degrees' List and that they are finished in time to attend the pre-ceremony address at 9:30.

From 9:30 to 10:00: Pre-Ceremony Address, in Talbot Hall

  • All Graduands must attend.
  • The Principal will welcome Graduands and their families to LMH.
  • The Dean of Degrees, Dr Grant Tapsell, will describe the procedure and formalities for the degree ceremony.

10:30 prompt: Preparation for Official Presentation, in the Convocation House*

  • Graduands and guests make their own way to the Convocation House. Guests will be admitted to the Sheldonian Theatre from 14:00.
  • Graduands prepare for the Presentation

NB: If you are not present at the Sheldonian at 11:00 prompt, dressed in the correct subfusc, you will not be permitted into the ceremony.

*The Convocation House is situated behind the Sheldonian Theatre on the Bodleian side and slightly to the right. It is accessed via the Divinity School which is opposite the main door of the Sheldonian (also known as the South doors) through which the Graduands process at the start of the ceremony. Guests queue for entrance to the Sheldonian at the East and West Doors.

11:00: The Official Presentation, in the Sheldonian Theatre

  • The Dean of Degrees confirms to the Proctors that all Graduands are present then leads them into the Sheldonian Theatre through the South Doors for the start of the ceremony at 11:00.

Post Ceremony

  • Graduands are asked to return their hired gown & hoods, giving their name and College to Shepherd and Woodward, 109-113 High Street, on the day by 17:30.


All Graduands must wear subfusc and bring their own mortar board. NB: Incorrect subfusc may result in Graduands being barred from the ceremony.

  • Subfusc for women: dark skirt or trousers; black tights; black closed-toe shoes; white blouse; black ribbon; mortarboard or soft cap.
  • Subfusc for men: dark suit (grey, brown or black); dark socks; black shoes; white bow tie; plain white shirt and collar; mortarboard.

For 17th July-27th July ceremonies, undergraduate students only (including undergraduate Masters, BA, BFA and BTh) enter the ceremony wearing the gown of the award they are about to receive (as opposed to wearing their commoners/Scholars gown). They will add their hood immediately after conferral and return to be acknowledged.

Some useful links

Please take the time to visit the pages below as it will mean you have fewer questions approaching the big day!

  • To find out more about Graduations, click here to go to the Graduation Information section of our website
  • To read our FAQs, which include important information about academic dress, click here.
  • To visit the central University's own Graduation and Leaving Oxford website, click here. There's a huge amount of relevant information there.
  • You can watch any of the Sheldonian Ceremonies from anywhere in the world via live stream, during and immediately after the event. Click here to visit the Oxford University Events website.