Friends & Family

Information for Friends & Family

Take part in this special occasion with your Duke graduate.

Commencement Events

Events start on Friday, May 12 and culminate in Commencement Day on Sunday, May 14. Individual departments and groups will host diploma ceremonies throughout the weekend. Check out the full schedule for details.

Visitor VISAs

Need to apply for VISAs in order to attend the commencement ceremony? Have your graduating student submit this paperwork so you can join us for commencement weekend.

Plan Your Visit

Find information about parking, transportation, local accommodations, dining, and more as you build your commencement itinerary.

Disability Resources

Disability and access information for Commencement events

Traditions, Memorabilia, & Mementos

Learn about the history of commencement, the customs of the celebration, and order class rings and announcements.

Collage: Photos of family and friends enjoying commencement with their graduating loved ones.