Commencement Weekend
May 8 - 10, 2015


Apparel Pickup

Payment for all apparel must be made when it is picked up from the Bryan Center (Brown Art Gallery), beginning Monday, April 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until noon on Saturday, May 10.  If you are unable to pick up your apparel at the designated time, you may arrange for someone to do so for you but they must have your payment and sizes to be certain the apparel is correct. 

Fees for Academic Apparel Rental

Degree  Cap, Gown, Hood   Gown only   Hood only   Cap only   Tam only 
Bachelor's apparel  $50.00  $17.00  $22.00  $11.00  N/A
Master's apparel  $56.00  $20.00  $25.00  $11.00  N/A
Doctoral apparel  $60.00  $20.00  $25.00  N/A  $15.00

Doctoral Degree recipients - if you wish to purchase your apparel, please contact Patti Silver in the Duke University Stores at 919.684.0060 or

This year, all bachelor and master degree outfits will be made of 100% recycled plastic. The eco-friendly outfits may be kept or returned after Commencement to be recycled. For every outfit ordered, Oak Hall will make a contribution to a campus environmental group of Duke's choosing.

Doctoral Gown Return
Rented gowns may be returned to the Brown Art Gallery on Sunday, May 11 from 12 - 6 p.m,; Monday - Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. They can also be returned to the Law School and Medical Center immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Candidates for degrees wear academic apparel (cap and gown, but not hood) to the Baccalaureate Service. Academic caps are worn during the procession.

Commencement Ceremony

Candidates for degrees should dress in academic apparel (cap, gown and hood). Traditionally, women wear academic caps at all times and men remove their caps when seated and replace them for the procession out after the service. Men remove their caps for the National Anthem and the invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. The tassel of the cap is worn always on the left front side.

Please note low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the track and field. Spiked heels will not be allowed on the track.

Hood and Tassel Colors

Degree Hood/ Tassel
Doctor of Philosophy Dark Blue
Master of Science Yellow
Master of Arts White
Master of Arts in Teaching White
Master of Fine Arts Brown
Doctor of Medicine Green
Doctor of Physical Therapy Teal
Master of Health Sciences Yellow
Clinical Research/Clinical Leadership/Clinical Informatics Yellow
Master of Biostatistics Yellow
All Law School Purple
All Divinity Scarlet
All Nursing Apricot
All Fuqua School of Business Drab
All Nicholas School Russett
All Sanford White
All Pratt Orange
Bachelor of Arts      White/Black
Bachelor of Science Yellow/Black