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Everything you need to know about Congregation

(6 January 2020)

Congregation is the term we use to describe our graduation ceremonies, it's a time for us to come together with your family and friends to celebrate the conferring of your degree.

We award over 300 degrees at each ceremony, please be mindful of this when you're planning your day.

This week

Plan your visit. Over 1500 students will graduate this week, so expect extra traffic in and around Durham. Parking in the city will be busy too, so allow extra time for your journey. 

There is no public parking or vehicle access to Palace Green, guests with limited mobility can be dropped off by car or taxi at the top of Owengate, before the security barrier. 

On the day

You need to arrive at least two hours before your ceremony to collect your robes and register your attendance. If you have a campus card, please bring it with you to assist with registration on the day.

You will then need to report to the Great Hall of the Castle at least one-hour and 15 minutes before your ceremony. Here you will be put into order for the procession to the Cathedral and for walking on to the stage.

If you have not already collected your guest tickets for Congregation, they will be available to pick up from St Chad’s College.

Watch the ceremony live

For anyone who can't make it to Durham on the day, each ceremony will be streamed live on our website, offering front row seats to your friends and family around the world. 

Congregation fair

Our congregation fair will be held in the historic St Chad's College. Before and after the ceremony, you will have the chance to buy refreshments and official merchandise. Our colleagues from the Dunelm alumni team and the Careers and Enterprise Centre will also be on hand to talk about the services and support available to you as a Durham graduate.


Find out more

Careers and Enterprise Centre

Congregation timetable

Congregation webpages

Dunelm alumni

Durham city congestion charge zone

Live streaming link 

Map and directions to Durham