All graduates MUST complete the registration process by the closing date in order to confirm attendance at Congregation.
Students who do not register by this time WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.
Late registration requests will not be accepted. Registration closes at 23:59 on 21 June.
Registration will open on a staggered basis as per the table below. Please note times provided are UK BST.
All eligible graduates will receive an email before the opening date with full instructions.
To access the registration system after the above dates, students should log into Banner Self Service (via Single Sign On) then select Congregation and Parchment. Please ensure you complete ALL sections until you reach the final confirmation page.
Please note, you will need to set up Multi Factor Authentication to access Single Sign On. Full instructions are available at My Digital Durham (internal only).
The Congregation registration system enables students to:
Further guidance notes on completing the registration process will be published when registration is open.
Graduates who fail to register by the deadline will be unable to attend a future Congregation.
Graduates can return to the registration system to check or amend details at any time before the registration deadline. Any details previously input will be displayed, including the number of tickets allocated. Graduates are advised to only amend details they wish to change. After the registration deadline students would need to contact the Ceremonies Unit to amend registration details.
If you have any problems accessing the registration system contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance.
Graduates are strongly advised not to make any non-refundable travel arrangements for themselves and their guests until they have registered to attend and have requested their guest tickets.
Results must usually be published by 21 June 2023. Note that this year we will also allow those students whose final results are not confirmed in time (due to the marking and assessment boycott) to attend graduation. Postgraduate research students must submit the final electronic thesis by Friday 2 June for the results to be published by this deadline.
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.
Only graduates awarded a Bachelor, Undergraduate Master, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Master or a Doctorate award are eligible to attend Congregation. Graduates awarded any other qualification e.g. Undergraduate Certificate, Undergraduate Diploma or Graduate Diploma, are not eligible to attend the ceremony.
Students should attend the first ceremony they are invited to and are eligible to attend. Students are allocated a ceremony based on their department and are unable to attend an alternative day in the same congregation save in certain circumstances. This is at the discretion of the Ceremonies Unit and requests should be made by contacting us directly.
Deferral to another set of ceremonies (e.g. from Summer to Winter) is reserved for exceptional circumstances only and is at the discretion of the Ceremonies Unit. Deferral requests should be made during the relevant registration period, by contacting us, and requests after the registration deadline will not be considered.
Deferral (if granted) is to the next available ceremony as dictated by the Ceremonies Unit.
Previous examples of exceptional circumstances include recent bereavement, funeral attendance, critical illness in graduand or close family member, pre-arranged medical appointment such as scheduled surgery, imminent or recent birth of a graduand's child, and Covid lockdown in native country. Examples of circumstances we cannot account for are work/academic commitments, availability of guests, holidays, family events, financial difficulties and childcare issues.