Information for Faculty

Celebrate with the Duke community as we honor our new graduates.

Commencement Events

As a member of the faculty, your presence at the commencement ceremony and departmental ceremonies is expected and appreciated by the graduates and their families.


You may wear the academic apparel from your alma mater or rent complimentary apparel through Duke. The deadline to request apparel is April 8, 2024.

Processional Instructions

Faculty and administrators are invited to participate in the academic procession of the commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12.

Diploma Ceremonies

Many departments host diploma ceremonies and receptions following the university-wide commencement ceremony.

Collage: The many ways faculty participating in Commencement at Duke, from leading the procession to congratulating new graduates.