Lincoln College

Graduation Ceremonies

LINCOLN COLLEGE DEGREE DAYS
 

You can graduate in person by attending a degree ceremony, or in absence.  Morning degree ceremonies begin at 11am, and afternoon ceremonies at 2.30pm, and graduands are able to invite up to three guests.  A buffet luncheon, hosted by the Rector, is provided in college for graduands and their guests who would like to attend.

 

TAUGHT COURSE STUDENTS WHO WILL COMPLETE THEIR COURSES IN JULY 2014 AND BEYOND

Arrangements for finalists booking a degree ceremony are now made by the central University administration.

The College will contact students nearing graduation to advise of appropriate Degree Days and invite them to lunch in College with their guests.   In autumn 2013, final year taught course students completing a degree in or after Trinity term 2014 will receive an invitation from the Degree Conferrals Office to book a place (for themselves and up to three guests)  at a degree ceremony the following summer/autumn.  Bookings must be confirmed with the DCO by January 2014.  Bookings will be taken on a first come-first served basis.  If you miss the deadline you will lose your priority status and will be counted as an ˜historic graduand".  Of course you will still be able to have your degree conferred in absence at any ceremony if you prefer.

 

RESEARCH STUDENTS

Research students will be invited to a degree ceremony when they have been granted leave to supplicate. 

 

DEGREES IN ABSENTIA

If you are unable to attend a ceremony, degrees may be taken in absentia (in absence). If you choose this option, your name can be put forward to the next available ceremony, after which your degree certificate will be posted to you.  Please contact the Rector's PA (tel 01865 279804; e-mail: sally.lacey@lincoln.ox.ac.uk)  to book a place. 

 

THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE THEIR MA CONFERRED, HISTORIC GRADUANDS, AND THOSE TAKING HIGHER DEGREES

It is expected that a proportion of the invited students will not take up their place to graduate in person and these spaces will be available to ˜historic graduands" (those who have not yet had their degree(s) conferred) and candidates for the Master of Arts, or Higher Degrees.  If you fall into one of these categories then please contact the Rector's PA (tel 01865 279804, e-mail: sally.lacey@lincoln.ox.ac.uk) to put your name on a waiting list for a place at a graduation ceremony.

 

For more information please check the University's Degree Conferral website which gets updated regularly.

 

Master of Arts (MA) degree 
 
In most UK universities, the Master of Arts is a free-standing graduate degree awarded by examination. In Oxford (as in Cambridge), and following longstanding tradition, the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred twenty-one terms after matriculation.

If you have completed a BA you will be eligible to take an MA in or after the 21st term since you matriculated (i.e. seven years after matriculation). This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia). You must have had your BA conferred in order to take your MA. They can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated. 

You are not at any point eligible to take an MA if your undergraduate degree is an Oxford integrated Masters degree. The Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It therefore has no subject or class. There is an MA degree fee of £20.00 payable to Lincoln College.  Please contact the Rector's PA to book a ceremony (sally.lacey@lincoln.ox.ac.uk).