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Celebrating our students' outstanding achievements

(1 July 2019)

Thousands of students will celebrate their academic successes at Summer Congregation this week.

We’re proud of our graduates and we know that they’ll go on to achieve outstanding things all around the world, and act as wonderful ambassadors for our University, City and region.

An international occasion

Around 4,600 students from 90 countries will graduate in the magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral, in the company of their families and friends. A total of 16 ceremonies will take place between Tuesday 2 and Friday 5 July.

Inspiring role models

We’re also privileged to be able to award Honorary Degrees to five remarkable individuals - including the 2018 ‘Australian of the Year’, a former Supreme Court Judge, an influential folk musician, a celebrated molecular biophysicist and a leading corporate financier.

Professor Michelle Simmons, Lord (Anthony) Hughes, Jon Boden, Professor Elspeth Garman and Robert Gillespie are among the very best in their chosen fields, and their brilliance sets an inspiring example to our new graduates as they embark on their new lives and careers.

Watch online

All the ceremonies will be streamed live online, so that anyone who isn’t able to travel to Durham can still be part of the celebrations.

The weather forecast is looking good so there should be plenty of fantastic photo opportunities to capture memories that will last a lifetime.