University of Oxford degrees are conferred at degree ceremonies. St Hilda's College presents at four ceremonies each year. You can graduate in person or in absence, either straight after you've finished your degree, or many years later. A degree is conferred only once - either in absence or in person. Degree Certificates are awarded only after the degree has been conferred at a ceremony. Full information about graduation and degree certificates can be found on the Degree Conferrals website.
The University allocates degree day dates to Colleges. Graduands are offered degree day dates dependant on the dates of published results.
The St Hilda's College Degree Day dates for 2017-2018 are:
Saturday 15 July 2017 11.00am
Friday 29 September 2017 11.00am (reserved for undergraduate finalists)
Saturday 30 September 2017 11.00am (reserved for undergraduate and postgraduate finalists)
Saturday 11 November 2017 11.00am
How to Book your Graduation
The University Degree Conferrals Office administers the degree ceremony booking process. Current students are invited to book a ceremony online using eVision, as described below:
Current Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Masters students will automatically receive an email in December in their final year of study, with instructions on how to book a degree ceremony. If you have not received an email by mid-December, contact the Degree Ceremonies Team.
Postgraduate Research students will automatically receive an email inviting them to book a degree ceremony when they have been granted leave to supplicate. If you do not receive an email invitation at this time contact the Degree Ceremonies Team.
About two months before the date of the Degree Ceremony, St Hilda's College will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and any charges you may be required to pay for the Degree Day.
Historic Graduands (alumnae who have not yet graduated) and who wish to graduate in person should complete the Historic Graduand - Waiting List application form and return it to the College Office. Current students have priority booking of degree ceremony places, and any remaining places are then offered to the waiting list. The Degree Conferrals Office will take into consideration preferred dates when allocating a degree ceremony place. However, please note that there is no guarantee places will be available on the preferred date.
Historic Graduands wishing to graduate in absence should complete the Historic Graduand - In Absentia application Form and return to the College Office. Degrees will be conferred in absence at the first available degree ceremony and degree certificates mailed shortly after the ceremony.
The Oxford Master of Arts
Alumnae who have already graduated with a BA or BFA degree are eligible to receive the Oxford Master of Arts twenty-one terms after their matriculation date. Alumnae who have graduated with a four-year Undergraduate Masters degree (MEng, MChem, MPhys, MMath, MBiochem) are not eligible to receive the MA.
Following longstanding tradition, the status of Master of Arts is awarded as a mark of seniority within the University, the Master of Arts has no subject or class and is not an upgrade of the BA or an additional qualification. The nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs.
It is a policy of St Hilda's College that the MA is awarded only in absence at a degree ceremony. If you are eligible and would like to apply for your MA, please fill in the MA Degree Booking Form. Until 30 June 2017, there is an administrative fee of £10.00 for a booking by debit card (plus 1% for payment by credit card). From 1 July 2017, the fee increases to £40.00 (£10.00 admin fee plus £30.00 for the certificate).
The MA degree will be conferred in absence at the first available Degree Ceremony and the MA certificate mailed shortly afterwards.