Commencement Weekend
May 13 - 15, 2016

Commencement Weekend 2016

Mark Your Calendars

Commencement weekend, with its formal baccalaureate services and university-wide commencement ceremony, follows traditions as ancient and universal as those from the first medieval universities and as unique as Duke University itself. Duke will celebrate commencement with a weekend full of events and ceremonies beginning on Friday, May 13 and ending on Sunday, May 15.

Many departments host intimate events throughout commencement weekend to celebrate their graduates. Click here to view a full schedule of these events and diploma distribution information.

All September 2015, December 2015, and May 2016 graduates are invited to attend the baccalaureate service that corresponds to the first letter of their surname, the Forever Duke Commencement Party, and the commencement ceremony. Guests are welcome to attend these three university-wide events, but ticket restrictions apply for the baccalaureate services. 


Duke University men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski will deliver the commencement address for Duke’s Class of 2016