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Matriculation

Matriculation ceremonies are held annually to welcome new students to Durham University. Matriculation is the term used to describe students' formal entry into the University and is described in the University's Regulations as "the act of placing a student's name upon the matricula or roll of members of the University." 

Students attend the Matriculation ceremony by College.  Members of College, such as College staff and the Freshers Reps, are responsible for providing information on the event to students and organising the processions to and from the ceremony. All new students are invited to attend the ceremony. 

Matriculation ceremonies will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September 2021.

Timetable of Matriculation ceremonies - 29 and 30 September 2021
CeremonyLEFT SIDE OF MARQUEERIGHT SIDE OF MARQUEE 
Wednesday     
10.00am University College St Aidan's College
11.15am St Cuthbert's Society Stephenson College
2.00pm

St Chad's College

St John's College

Josephine Butler College
3.15pm Ustinov College Trevelyan College
Thursday    
10.00am Hatfield College Grey College
11.15am St Mary's College John Snow College
2.00pm Collingwood College South College
3.15pm College of St Hild and St Bede Van Mildert College

*Please note: this timetable is provisional and is subject to change in relation to Covid-19 restrictions. We will keep any changes to a minimum and within the same day, as far as we possibly can.

 

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Welcome to Durham University - Matriculation 2020

A virtual welcome including an introduction to academic life and the wider student experience at our historic university. This video features contributions from the Dean of Durham Cathedral, the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Colleges and the President of Durham Students’ Union. It was filmed in Durham Cathedral and among our colleges. This video shows footage recorded at Matriculation 2019 and before Covid-19 restrictions were in place.

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What is Matriculation? 

Matriculation is the term used to describe students' formal entry into the University and is described in the University's Regulations as "the act of placing a student's name upon the matricula or roll of members of the University." The ceremony will include an undergraduate and postgraduate representative from each college signing the Matriculation book on behalf of all the students, and you will all be invited to 'share the hand of friendship'. 

Do all students attend Matriculation? 

All undergraduate and postgraduate studentwho are commencing their studies at Durham University are invited to attend Matriculation. 

How long does the ceremony last? 

Matriculation ceremonies are approximately 30 minutes in duration.  

Can parents / guests attend? 

Matriculation ceremonies are for students and due to limited space, guests are not invited to attend. 

Is there a dress code? 

Students are advised to dress smartly. Some colleges ask their students to wear gowns for Matriculation, whilst some choose not to. If you are unsure, please contact your college to check. 

Is photography allowed? 

Photography is not allowed during the ceremony, this includes the use of still, digital and video cameras and mobile telephones. 

What can I bring? 

Students should not bring any large bags/holdalls/rucksacks as they are not allowed and cannot be left unattended. 

 

Further information

For current staff and students.

Ceremonies Unit

Curriculum, Learning & Assessment service
Durham University
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham DH1 3LE
Phone: +44 0191 334 6125