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In absentia degree conferral Winter 2022

As we start this new year, we celebrate the achievements of over 3,000 of our students from 65 countries around the world, who have been awarded their Durham degree and graduated to join our international alumni community.

As our main priority remains the health and safety of our students, we have been unable to celebrate graduation with our students in the traditional way with Congregation ceremonies is Durham Cathedral. We have had to adapt the way in which we mark the conferral of degrees and award them virtually, with the production of a special video for the occasion. 

The official conferral ceremony and congratulation messages from both the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Antony Long and Chancellor, Sir Tom Allen, has been filmed and is now available to view online.  We are encouraging our graduates to gather with loved ones and celebrate the achievement of gaining their Durham degree, no matter where they are in the world. 

The in absentia conferral is an opportunity for everyone to join in celebrating the success of our students in reaching this milestone, an event made even more special given the challenges that the Covid pandemic have created for our staff, students and graduates.


Our students have inspired us more than ever over the past two years, pursuing academic excellence and embracing the wider student experience at Durham, creating inventive ways to participate in sport, the arts and culture and contributing so much to the community through volunteering projects.

During such unprecedented times, their achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication to their years of study and growth. 

Global community 

Our graduating students are joining a global alumni community of 200,000-strong. Their relationship with Durham doesn’t end at graduation – it's a lifelong journey with continued support from us here at Durham, and from each other, wherever they go. 

Our alumni demonstrate the value of Durham’s inspirational education and student experience, in their many, varied achievements. And their relationship with Durham lives on in the friendships and connections that began here and continue to endure in what is a global community of extraordinary Durham people.

Enjoy your celebrations

We're all looking forward to celebrating together once Covid-19 restrictions ease, but in the meantime, we're asking our graduates to share their own celebrations with us on social media using the hashtags #DUGraduate and #DUinspire.

Heartfelt and huge congratulations to our graduates and we wish you every success for the future.

Find out more 

Watch the video showing the Conferral of degrees

Find out more about studying with us. 

Learn more about Dunelm, our alumni community.