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A look back at congregation

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We’ve loved following this year’s congregation ceremonies, and keeping you updated with the moments that make us all proud to be part of the Durham community.

We’ve spoken with students, families, friends and volunteers, and learned what it means for everyone involved to plan, support and celebrate our students’ fantastic achievements.

Earlier in the year, we caught up with the colleagues that help make it all happen – from our cleaning, catering and security staff to the volunteers who took a break from their usual jobs to support the smooth running of ceremonies. We’d like to thank every one of you who took part in congregation this year and helped create a memorable experience for students and their visitors.  

As we entered the summer graduation period, we heard from Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O’Brien, who reflected on the meaning of congregation for so many:

Thousands of students will graduate, from over 100 countries across the globe, supported by their friends and relatives. Truly, the world will come to Durham; before we send Durham people out into the world.

Finally, we got to know our most recent set of fantastic honorary graduates, from environmental campaigners to mental health advocates, who each received an award alongside students at the magnificent Durham Cathedral.

Most of all we extend our congratulations to all of our graduating students – including many who faced delayed ceremonies due to the pandemic – for their extraordinary achievements! 

You can find out in our video how our colleagues help make Congregation such a special occasion. 



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