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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 students who 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.