Pre-commencement checklist

Student holds up cap at commencement

You’re almost there!

Congratulations!  Duke has a lot planned for you and your guests during Commencement Weekend. If you have already applied to graduate with your school or department, here are some of the next steps you should take:

Plan your weekend

Check out Plan Your Weekend for ideas on what to do when your family and guests arrive.

Know where to get your diploma

Find your school or department and check out what events they are hosting throughout the weekend.

RSVP for Commencement & Order Apparel

The apparel order deadline for students is March 1, 2024. If you are a doctoral student that intends to purchase your apparel, the deadline to purchase is February 16, 2024 and can be done so by contacting Jeffrey Kahlmeyer in Duke Stores at 919-684-0060.

Complete this form to register for the university-wide commencement ceremony and order your academic regalia.  Graduates will be required to register their guests. 

On April 2, students will receive a link to request tickets for their guests These tickets will be digital and are for general admission seating.  They will be delivered electronically the week of Commencement. 

Apparel pickup
Bryan Center (Brown Art Gallery)
Monday, April 29 – Saturday, May 4 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, May 5 CLOSED
Monday, May 6 – Saturday, May 11 9 AM – 5 PM

You may arrange for someone else to pick up your apparel, but they must have your payment and know your sizes. Payment for all apparel must be made when it is picked up from the Bryan Center (Brown Art Gallery). Credit cards, FLEX cards, cash and personal checks are accepted.

Student Registration for Baccalaureate

Graduates will have an opportunity to register for one baccalaureate service. Please note, there will be limited seating available in the Chapel for guests.  Additionally, the services will be simulcast on a large video screen in Page Auditorium.  Guests may also view the services live on the Commencement website homepage or on the Duke Chapel YouTube channel.

Graduating students will need to register to attend. Guest tickets will not be required for the Chapel and Page Auditorium viewing locations.  On April 2, graduates will receive an email with the link to register for this event.

Pick Up your Class Gift

The Duke Alumni Association will distribute class gifts during the Forever Duke Kickoff event. 

Know Where To Be on Commencement Day

All degree candidates should report to the processional line-up located In Pascal Field House no later than 8:15 AM.
More detailed instructions will be emailed at a later date in the Spring.

Join Duke’s alumni network

You will soon be a part of Duke’s alumni community. Check out the Alumni Association website to learn about the benefits of being a Duke alumnus. #ForeverDuke

Connect on Social Media Using #Duke2024

As you begin to think about your time at Duke and share memories, remember to use #Duke2024 to connect with each other on social media.