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How to Register

Two graduands in robes outside Durham Cathedral

All students must complete the registration process for Congregation and confirm delivery for their degree certificate.

Registration will open on Wednesday 20 March 2024 and close on Wednesday 10 April 2024. All students who confirmed their interest in attending will receive an email before the opening date with full instructions.

Students must register in order to:

  • confirm contact details. 
  • state they wish to attend the Congregation ceremony.
  • if attending the ceremony, request guest tickets. The system also provides links to order robes and access further information regarding arrangements on the day.

For further information on how we use the personal data collected as part of the registration process, please read our Privacy Notice.

To access the registration system between the above dates, students should log into Banner Self Service (via Single Sign On) then select Congregation and Parchment. Please ensure you complete ALL sections until you reach the final confirmation page.

Please note, you will need to set up Multi Factor Authentication to access Single Sign On. Read our instructions. Registration system is available in the Banner Self Service.

  • Students on Distance Learning and Global Learning Centre programmes need to click on the Student Record System tab to view Banner Self Service.
  • If you are currently studying on another programme Banner Self Service will access information relating to your current programme. To access the registration system for your previous award, log into Banner Self Service then click on ‘Your Other Banner Staff / Student Records’, and select Switch Your Banner ID. You will then need to set the Banner ID for the record you wish to access as your default, logout and then log back in.
  • If you cannot access Banner Self Service try following the Password Problems section on the Help screen or contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance.
  • If CIS are unable to provide access, please email the Ceremonies Unit during the registration period, and we can register on your behalf.

Students who fail to register on Banner Self Service by the deadline will not be able to attend and will not be able to attend any future Congregation.

Students can return to the registration system to check or amend details at any time before the registration deadline. Any details previously input will be displayed, including the number of tickets allocated. Students are advised to only amend details they wish to change. After the registration deadline students should contact the Ceremonies Unit to amend registration details.

If you have any problems accessing the registration system contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance. If they confirm you cannot access, please email the Ceremonies Unit.

Students are strongly advised not to make any non-refundable travel arrangements for themselves and their guests until they have registered to attend and requested their guest tickets.

Attendance Criteria

Results must be published already and registration completed by the deadline. Only students from the Summer Congregation 2023 cohort (who expressed a wish to be invited) are able to attend these ceremonies. 

No degree or other qualification shall normally be conferred upon a student while he/she has a significant tuition fee debt owing to the University, in line with the University General Regulation IX B.

Only students awarded a Bachelor, Undergraduate Master, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Master or a Doctorate award are eligible to attend Congregation. Students awarded any other qualification e.g. Undergraduate Certificate, Undergraduate Diploma or Graduate Diploma, are not eligible to attend the ceremony.