We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

St John's College


Archbishop awarded Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

(9 January 2020)

Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity

During winter congregation 2020, over 1500 of our students will graduate at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their hard work and inspiring achievements, and to wish them well in their future endeavours.

We also award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international acclaim.

This year, we awarded the Archbishop of York an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, in recognition of his service to the Church of England and for the support and encouragement he offers our students and to St John’s College.

Having served as the Archbishop of York for almost 15 years, Dr John Sentamu has challenged thinking on significant topics such as poverty, racism and social integration, and he shares our passion for empowering young people and preparing students to transition successfully to the next stage of their lives.

An example of his work with young people includes the establishment of the Youth Trust in 2009. The charity offers leadership development to young people, through schools based programmes in northern England.

Dr John Sentamu’s dedication and passion for his work embody our values and we are incredibly proud to award him an honorary degree.

We hope that all of our graduates and honorary graduates take Durham with them where ever they go and that they become ambassadors for our University, City and region.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.