Graduation Ceremonies

The University of Oxford holds degree ceremonies in the Sheldonian Theatre, which is a fitting venue for a ceremony that retains many historic links (including proceedings in Latin).
The ceremonies are organised by the central University, but a key feature of the institution’s collegiate nature is that colleges present graduands for their degrees. This means that, whilst there are over 30 degree ceremonies each year in total, Green Templeton College will present students at six or seven ceremonies, which have been scheduled to co-ordinate with the course completion dates of the majority of our students.

Students are given two guest tickets as standard for the ceremony at the Sheldonian. Guest tickets for the Sheldonian are free of charge and graduands do not need tickets. Any extra tickets available for the Sheldonian ceremony will be allocated via a random ballot. Graduands are not permitted to sell unwanted guest tickets for the Sheldonian. Any unwanted tickets for the Sheldonian are added to the extra ticket ballot to ensure fairness.

Students on taught degree courses

Students on taught degree courses will automatically receive an invitation to book a place at a degree ceremony at the end of Michaelmas Term in their final year.
The booking window closes at the end of January, but the college recommends that students book as early as possible to ensure a confirmed place. After the window has closed, the College Office team manage waiting lists and should be the first point of contact for all ceremony related questions.

Research students

Research students will automatically receive an invitation to book a place at a degree ceremony once Leave to Supplicate has been granted (once the degree has been completed). Again, post-invitation, the College Office should be the first point of contact with ceremony related questions.

Historic students

Historic students who completed a degree course at Green Templeton (or Green College or Templeton College, pre 2008) but have not yet had the degree conferred should contact the College Office to arrange to graduate.

Degrees can be conferred in absentia (in the graduands absence) at any ceremony.

Please note that Oxford does not provide degree certificates until a degree has been conferred, either in person or in absentia.

Green Templeton Degree Dates until May 2024

Green Templeton College will be presenting finalist students at a Degree Ceremony on the following dates. Please note that while we will be presenting students on the below dates, this does not mean that there are spaces available on these ceremonies. If you are looking to book your Degree Ceremony please contact the College Office.

  • Saturday 13 July 2024
  • Friday 27 September 2024
  • Friday 8 November 2024
  • Saturday 16 November 2024
  • Saturday 1 March 2025
  • Saturday 17 May 2025
  • Saturday 31 May 2025

College Celebrations on Degree Days

Graduands will be invited to celebrate their achievements at a College Celebration which will take place on the Green Templeton College site, either before or after the Degree Ceremony at the Sheldonian. Depending on the timings of the Degree Ceremony on the day, this will include either a buffet brunch or lunch and provide an opportunity for formal photographs to be taken in the college grounds. This celebration is hosted or presided over by the College Principal or their deputy. Graduands will usually be presented with their degree certificates as part of this event.

In line with the allocation of Sheldonian tickets graduands are permitted to bring two guests to the College Celebration.

From 1 July 2024, guest tickets for the College Celebration will be charged at £20 per head. Graduands attend free of charge as do children between the ages of 0-6yrs. You will be sent information on how to complete your payment closer to your ceremony date.

Extra tickets for the college celebration may become available via a ballot system and are also charged at £20 each.