Commencement Information

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.

Find information about this year’s commencement and learn more about the history of the event below. Or, visit the event page to learn more about the Commencement Ceremony.

Student Speaker & Selection Committee

Learn more about the selection process and submit an application.

Pre-commencement Checklist

Are you ready to graduate? Make sure you complete these steps before commencement weekend!

Student Instructions

Get the play-by-play for your big day. Find out when you need to be where and what to bring with you.


Place your order for your academic apparel. And, learn how to wear it.

2019 Honorary Degree Recipients

Each year, Duke recognizes a group of individuals whose work has enriched and improved people’s lives. See who is being recognized this May and learn more about their contributions.

Memorabilia & Traditions

Learn more about Duke’s traditions and history. And find something to commemorate your big day.