Duke Commencement 2018

May 11–13, 2018

Read the announcement on Duke Today »

Class of 2018!

On May 11 – 13, your hard work at Duke culminates with all the pomp and circumstance your accomplishment deserves.


It’s your big day! Find everything you need to get ready for commencement.

Friends & Family

Share in the celebration! Find out how to navigate Durham, Duke, and your student’s big day.

Commencement Student Speaker

Fall 2017 graduates and Spring 2018 degree candidates are invited to apply to be this year’s commencement student speaker. Graduates and degree candidates are also encouraged to serve on the student speaker selection committee.


Customize your commencement experience with Guidebook

Guidebook App for Duke Commencement available for iOS and Android

Commencement Weekend Events

Pick Up your Class Gift

Thursday, May 10, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Penn Pavilion

Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 11, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Duke Chapel

Forever Duke
Commencement Party

Saturday, May 12, 8 – 11 p.m.
Blue Zone, IM2

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 13
9 a.m. Procession of Candidates
9:30 a.m. Ceremony
Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

Diploma Ceremonies
& Other Events

Browse the full list of the weekend’s events.
Don’t miss a chance to celebrate with your family, friends, and classmates!