A Day in the life of an Oxford University degree day at the Sheldonian Theatre
Friday 6 May. Sheldonian Theatre
On Saturday the 7 May, hopefully in bright sunshine, the Sheldonian will play host to two degree ceremonies. The Theatre holds around 30 ceremonies a year with approximately 7000 students graduating.
Before 1669, the University Graduations were conducted at St Mary the Virgin Church on the High Street but became too rowdy for such a venue. Gilbert Sheldon commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design a purpose built graduation venue and graduations have been held here ever since.