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.
St Chad's College
St John's 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.
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.
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'.
All undergraduate and postgraduate students who are commencing their studies at Durham University are invited to attend Matriculation.
Matriculation ceremonies are approximately 30 minutes in duration.
Matriculation ceremonies are for students and due to limited space, guests are not invited to attend.
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.
Photography is not allowed during the ceremony, this includes the use of still, digital and video cameras and mobile telephones.
Students should not bring any large bags/holdalls/rucksacks as they are not allowed and cannot be left unattended.
For current staff and students.
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