Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University. The main matriculation ceremony for new students is on Saturday of the first week of Michaelmas term.

About matriculation Matriculation timetable Dress code Incorporation

About matriculation

Attendance at a matriculation ceremony is compulsory unless:

  • You are a Visiting Graduate Student
  • You have already matriculated for a previous degree at Oxford
  • You are entitled to incorporate (see below)

Non-attendance is considered a serious matter.

St Antony’s offers matriculands light refreshments on arrival, a group photograph after the ceremony, the opportunity to have individual photographs taken, and a free drinks reception and buffet lunch.

The main matriculation ceremony for new students takes place will be on Saturday of Week 1 of Michaelmas (autumn) Term. Students should arrive in College to collect their name labels at 10.00. If you are unable to matriculate on this day for reasons of religion or belief, please notify the Registry Administrator, and we will arrange for you to matriculate at a weekday ceremony at the end of Michaelmas term.

Students starting their course in Hilary (spring) or Trinity (summer) terms will matriculate at the end of their first term, and advised of the date by email.

Please note that the matriculation ceremony and other events on matriculation day are not open to members of the public, including family members. 

Matriculation day timetable

The timetable can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Photographers will be available for individual and small group photographs.

Dress code

Please see our illustrated academic dress guide for full details about what to wear and links to academic dress suppliers. You should arrange to hire or buy this in good time as students will not be admitted to the ceremony if incorrectly attired.


Students who have already had a degree conferred by Cambridge or Trinity College Dublin can choose to incorporate instead of matriculate. However, they are welcome to matriculate at Oxford if they wish. Please contact the College Registrar for more details about incorporation.

Related Documents: 
PDF icon Matriculation timetable Michaelmas term 2018