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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).

  • 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 is published under: Before Congregation
  • Winter Congregation 2017 will be held on 12 and 13 January, view the winter timetable of departments to ceremonies. Further information about these ceremonies will be published in the autumn.
  • View the provisional dates of future Congregations

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.
  • Students are required to arrive 1 hour and 45 minutes before the ceremony commences.
  • Ceremonies last approximately an hour.
  • 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.
  • Guest tickets for the ceremony are free of charge.
  • 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.
  • Degree Documents are not issued at the ceremony and will be posted to graduates within 8 weeks of Congregation by Student Registry.

Registration for Summer Congregation 2016

Students must register between the end of April and 22 June to confirm contact details for the parchment (certificate) and state whether or not they wish to attend the Summer Congregation ceremony or defer to the Winter Congregation.