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Ceremonies Unit

Congregation (Graduation)

Congregation is the term used to describe our graduation ceremonies and means a gathering of members and friends of the University to witness and celebrate the conferring of degrees.

Ceremonies are held twice a year, in Summer (June/July) and Winter (January).

  • Provisional dates of future Congregations
  • Winter Congregation 2016 will be held between 14 and 15 January, view the winter timetable of departments to ceremonies. Further information about these ceremonies will be published in the autumn.
  • Summer Congregation 2016 will be held between Tuesday 28 June and Friday 1 July. We aim to publish the timetable of departments to ceremonies on these web pages by the end of September 2015.

Key points to note:

  • The ceremonies are held in Durham Cathedral but are not religious events. The Cathedral provides a large and beautiful venue for the ceremonies with other, related, activities held in the surrounding area.
  • International students may obtain a letter to support a visa application for attending Congregation for themselves or their guests.
  • Students and guests are advised that photographs will be taken at this event which may be used in future University publicity and ceremonies are filmed.
  • There is no charge for students or guests to attend the ceremony.
  • 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.
  • Parchments (certificates) are not issued at the ceremony and will be posted to graduates within 6 weeks of Congregation by Student Registry.