OXFORD, England (AP) _ In a ceremony steeped in tradition, the presidents of Harvard and Yale received honorary degrees Monday from Oxford University in recognition of their contributions to education.

Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine and Yale President Richard C. Levin were awarded doctorates of civil law at a ceremony at the university's Convocation House on ``Oxford Monday.''

The day celebrates the links that unite the ancient university with the leading U.S. universities.

Both Rudenstine and Levin were students at Oxford on Rhodes scholarships. Rudenstine studied English literature at Oxford's New College from 1957-59 and Levin studied economics at Merton College from 1968-71.

Wearing red gowns, they were led into the hall by a procession of Oxford professors decked out in ceremonial robes.

Lord Roy Jenkins, chancellor of the university, presented the honorary degrees.