The Proctors and Assessor play a large part in the ceremonial duties of the University.
The Proctors (and Pro-Proctors) preside at degree ceremonies and together with the Assessor attend the following ceremonies and events
- University Sermons
- Inaugural and named lectures (such as The Romanes Lecture)
- Memorial services
- Chancellor's Court of Benefactors
- VC's Oration
- High Sheriff's Law Lecture, Glove Ceremony & Court Sermon
- Admission of the Proctors and Assessor
The Bedels and Verger
The role of Bedel dates back to the 13th century. The Bedels and the Verger cover all of the University’s ceremonies, leading the University party in processions.
Formerly the Oxford University Police (or "Bulldogs" famous for wearing their bowler hats) the Proctors' Officers co-ordinate the planning, operational management, and security of University events, ceremonies and VIP visits.