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Durham University

Student Registry

Graduation Documentation

Student Registry is responsible for the production of Parchments, Transcripts and Diploma Supplements for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Degrees are awarded four times a year at two in person ceremonies (Summer and Winter) and two in absentia ceremonies. All eligible students will have the opportunity to attend an in person graduation event but, to ensure that graduands can receive their documents sooner, the university introduced the additional in absentia ceremonies in 2021. One will take place in Spring and the other in Autumn.

Following the next conferment ceremonies in June 2022 your hard copy degree parchment will be dispatched. The degree parchment is the certificate or diploma.

On or soon after, your academic transcript and a letter confirming your award will be sent to your University email account. The transcript gives details of your academic performance, including your module marks, where appropriate.

The diploma supplement will now be available on-line below. Together with the transcript, this is a document which describes your qualification in a standard format that is designed to be easily understood and straightforward to compare. It contains information on the level, context, content and status of the studies that were successfully undertaken. This allows other universities or employers to understand your qualification in relation to the education system of the country you took your degree in. This could help you to get a job, continue your education or start more training. The diploma supplement is not a replacement for the parchment/transcript and does not guarantee recognition.

Where will my degree parchment be delivered and how long will it take?

All degree parchments will be posted out as soon as possible after the conferment, which may take around 8 weeks. These are posted to the delivery address provided when registering for congregation online and will be sent using standard postal services, unless you have requested otherwise (please see below for further details).

Can I get my documents any quicker and can I track them after despatch?

Degree documents sent by standard postal services may take up to two months to arrive at an overseas address. Students can request delivery by courier, but please note that there is a charge for this. Please order product Graduation Parchment - Courier Order via this link to the Document Store Courier Delivery Requests must be submitted by 22 June. Courier delivery is particularly recommended if you cannot wait for the two months delivery time, if you need to track your documents or you feel the postal service is unreliable in your home country. Choosing to have your degree documents sent by courier does not mean your documents will be produced any quicker, they will be dispatched at the same time as all other certificates but should arrive faster.

Can I get other copies?

Only one copy of your degree parchment may be in existence at any one time. You may order additional copies of other documents. Transcripts, Diplomas Supplements and Replacement Parchments for current and former students can be ordered from our online document store throughout the academic year.

Where can I find further information?

If you have any further queries please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still require any assistance please contact