Undergraduates and graduates
The Matriculation ceremony is the formal admission to the University and attendance at this ceremony at the beginning of a University course is compulsory. The Dean or Chaplain will present Fresher undergraduates and graduates for Matriculation on the first Saturday of Michaelmas Term (and of subsequent terms).
The ceremony is preceded by the Freshers’ Photograph which (with the exception of Balliol returners) all Balliol Freshers, including those who have already matriculated and/or are incorporating, are expected to attend.
Students are required to assemble in Hall at 8.00am promptly and must be wearing academic dress, known as sub fusc - i.e. your preferred items from the following: dark suit with dark socks, or a dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks or dark hosiery; a dark coat if required; black shoes; plain white collared shirt or blouse; a white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon. You are also required to wear a gown and mortar board or cap. Clothes should be appropriate for formal occasions. All must wear caps and gowns. New Oxford graduate students are required to wear the Oxford graduate gown. Students who have graduate degrees from another university may wear the gown belonging to that university. They should bear in mind, however, that they will in due course be required to wear the Oxford graduate gown.
Information about hiring gowns can be found here.