Commencement Weekend
May 11 - 13, 2018

Commencement Ceremony

Event Details

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium
9:00 AM Procession of Candidates
9:30 AM Ceremony

Event Description

Each year, Duke holds one university-wide commencement ceremony to celebrate the three graduating classes of that academic year. September 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduates from all ten Duke schools are invited to attend. 

The ceremony begins with the procession of degree candidates, faculty, administration, and platform party. President Richard H. Brodhead presides, and an elected graduate and a keynote speaker give addresses. Duke also awards honorary degrees during the ceremony to people who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards in their work. Honorary degree recipients are typically announced in March. 

The commencement ceremony typically concludes by 11 a.m., and many departments host gatherings and diploma ceremonies in the afternoon.

Click here to view the archives from previous commencement ceremonies.

Ceremonies Hosted by Schools and Departments

While degrees are officially conferred at the university-wide commencement ceremony, diplomas are distributed by departments and schools either by mail or at separate events throughout commencement weekend. Most departmental ceremonies take place on Sunday afternoon between noon and 3 p.m..They typically include the distribution of diplomas and a light reception.