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Congregation Fair

Teddies dressed up in purple jumpers and graduation robes

The following activities are located in The Teaching and Learning Centre for graduands and guests to enjoy before and after the ceremony:

  • Refreshments – Zing Cafe will supply food and refreshments for sale throughout the day with a selection of celebratory drinks, hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.
  • Alumni Welcome stand – Come and see the Alumni Engagement Team at the Congregation Fair. Find out about your alumni community and how Durham can continue to support you as you go out into the world and beyond. We have alumni events around the world so you can make new connections across the community as well as catching up with your Durham friends. You can access benefits such as a email address, continued access to online journals through JSTOR, and career support. Visit us at the fair to collect your ‘I bagged a Durham degree’ bag-for-life and your commemorative Class graduation pin. For more details, visit Alumni
  • Official Merchandise – A wide range of official Durham University merchandise will be available at the Congregation Fair in the Teaching and Learning Centre, selling everything from clothing to our bestselling graduation bear, helping you to commemorate your time here. Our full range of merchandise is available at Durham University Official Shop
  • DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs – Galaxy Media will record each ceremony and produce a final film, available to take home from Congregation, which includes images of Palace Green, the University and region. DVD’s and Blu-Ray Discs can be pre-ordered online or purchased on the day:
  • Photographs - Ede and Ravenscroft photography studios are available to take images of graduands and guests either before or after ceremonies but remember that graduands need to report to the Great Hall by 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Ede and Ravenscroft photography will also capture each graduand on stage with the Presiding Officer during the ceremony and these images will be available to view, purchase and take home on the day from the Photography Sales Desk after the ceremony. Photography packages can be pre-ordered online by 14 December or ordered on the day: