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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
  • Summer Congregation 2016 will be held between Tuesday 28 June and Friday 1 July, view the summer timetable of departments to ceremonies. Further information about these ceremonies will be published in the spring.
  • Winter Congregation 2017 is expected to be held on 12 and 13 January. Confirmation of dates and the timetable of departments to ceremonies will be published by April 2016.

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.