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.

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.

Memorabilia & Traditions

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