Commencement 2021

2021 Commencement

Experience the sights, sounds and legendary moments of commencement day all over again.

Class of 2021!

It’s been an extraordinary year and we are excited to gather with the Duke community, in-person and online, to celebrate a class like no other—Duke’s Class of 2021.

2021 Commencement Speakers

President Price

Commencement Speaker:
John Legend

Student Speaker:
Meghana Sai Iragavarapu

Social distancing in Wallace Wade Stadium for 2021
A grou pof graduates poses on the practice field before walking
Students pose on the field
Graduates walk into Wallace Wade while others appear on the jumbotron
One graduate stands above the rest flash a peace sign to the stands
Parents hold up a sign with a dog on it and cheer for their grad
Parents hold up sign with their graduate's face on it
Faculty process into the ceremony
Brightly colored faculty robes

More Moments from Commencement

Explore everything our photographers captured on the field during the ceremony.


What I Wish I Knew As A First-Year

Messages from Family

Check out the full playlist of thoughtful advice and congratulations from friends, family & alumni to the Class of 2021.

Join the Celebration

Tag your favorite memories at Duke or scenes from the ceremony with #Duke2021 for a chance to be featured below. Get all the digital swag —Zoom backgrounds, GIFs, frames and more—you need to celebrate online.


Memory Reel

Commencement Ceremony

Want to re-live all the excitement of Commencement 2021? Re-watch the livestream from Sunday, May 2.

Baccalaureate Service

The 2021 Baccalaureate Service premiered on Friday, April 30 at 4:30pm.