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Ceremonies Unit

Before Congregation

These pages contain information to assist students and guest to enjoy Winter Congregation 2018.

Ceremonies will be held in Durham Cathedral on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018. The timetable shows the allocation of departments to ceremonies.

Online registration will open near the end of October. You will recieve an email to confirm opening date closer to the time. If you need to register or make amendments to your record, please contact the Ceremonies Unit

Registration will enable students to:

  • confirm contact details for the degree documents
  • state whether or not you wish to attend the Winter Congregation ceremony or defer to the Summer Congregation
  • if attending the ceremony, request guest tickets, order robes and access further information regarding arrangements on the day

Key Notes

  • The ceremonies are held in Durham Cathedral but are not religious events although Christian iconography is displayed inside the venue. The Cathedral provides a large and beautiful venue for the ceremonies with other, related, activities held in the surrounding area.
  • A Congregation Fair will be available with activities for graduands and guests to enjoy before and after the ceremony.
  • Students are required to arrive 1 hour an 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.

Important tasks to be completed before your ceremony day:

Photographs and DVDs can be ordered in advance or on the day.