Commencement Weekend
May 8 - 10, 2015

Faculty Information

Apparel

Please complete this online form to register for Commencement and order complimentary attire. Apparel may be picked up from the Bryan Center (Brown Art Gallery) beginning Monday, April 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ending at noon on Saturday, May 10.

If you are unable to pick-up your own apparel, please be sure the person picking it up for you knows your height, highest degree, and the university from which your highest degree was obtained.

Processional Instructions

Faculty and administrators participating in the academic procession of the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 11 should assemble in Room 131 (basement level) of the Yoh Football Building no later than 9:30 a.m.  There will be signs for the faculties of Arts and Sciences, the professional schools, and the academic administration. With the exception of the Faculty Marshals, the faculty will march in a double column. When the candidates for degrees have taken their places, the faculty will march through the tunnel and onto the field and then to seats on either side of the platform. Please walk in pairs, until the columns part at a point near the platform. 

Men should remove their caps at the beginning of the ceremony for the singing of the National Anthem.

The program should conclude by 11:30 a.m.

Order of Procession

The University Faculty Marshal (alone)
Marshals for the Faculties of Arts and Sciences
Members of the Faculties of Arts and Sciences (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Pratt School of Engineering (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Pratt School of Engineering (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Fuqua School of Business (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Fuqua School of Business (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the School of Nursing (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the School of Nursing (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Divinity School (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Divinity School (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the School of Law (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the School of Law (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the School of Medicine (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the School of Medicine (double column)
Marshal for the Faculty of the Graduate School (alone)
Members of the Faculty of the Graduate School (double column)
Members of the Administration (single column)
Members of the Board of Trustees (single column)
Members of the Platform Party (single column)

Order of the Convocation

National Anthem
Invocation
Welcoming Remarks
Remarks by a Student
Conferring of Honorary Degrees 
The Commencement Address
Conferring of Degrees
Concluding Remarks
Alma Mater
The Recessional: After the platform party has left the Stadium, the Wind Symphony will play the Duke Fight Song, signaling the end of the ceremony. The assembly is free to depart. 

Diploma Ceremonies

Closing ceremonies of the schools and the distribution of diplomas by departments follow the Commencement Ceremony. Click here for a list of ceremony times and locations.

Each member of the faculty is urged to attend the ceremony of his or her school, department, or program.  Faculty presence at these occasions is expected and always appreciated by the graduates and their families.

Reserved Parking

Faculty and administrators participating in the Commencement Ceremony have reserved parking in the IM1 & IM3 lots (two lots directly beside the Sheffield Tennis Building) on Wannamaker Drive (between Duke University Road and Towerview Drive). Please look for signs directing you to the back entrance of the Yoh Building to the robing room.