• LOCATION 22 | Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    Sheldonian Theatre

    Sheldonian Theatre on Oxford audio tour Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    You should be safely across the road. Stand by the steps and look up at the Sheldonian Theatre. Isn't it spectacular?

    This is where you will come for matriculation, a ceremony at the start of your time here, which officiates you into becoming an Oxford student. You’ll also graduate here! Both ceremonies are entirely in Latin. You have to wear sub fusc, which in Latin, means “dark brown”. You have to wear black (not brown) trousers or a skirt, a white shirt, black neckwear, and an academic gown.

    As well as matriculation, the building hosts loads of concerts, plays and talks. Christopher Wren, of St. Paul's Cathedral fame, designed it, and the acoustics are incredible.

    There’s actually a sneak preview of graduation available here, if you tap on that button at the bottom left of your map again.

    Then point the camera at the front of your device at yourself, as if you were taking a selfie.

    What do you think of yourself in a mortar board? This is a real privilege as you’re only allowed to wear it when you graduate. These square academic caps have their roots in clerical dress but they’re called “mortar” boards because they look like the boards used by plasterers.

    When you’re ready, walk towards the Sheldonian and round to the left.

Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students