Baccalaureate Services

Event Description

All graduating students are invited to attend a baccalaureate service in the majestic Duke Chapel. The services are interfaith and include prayers, music and scripture readings. Reverend Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Chapel, will give the sermon, and President Vincent E. Price will give the President’s Remarks. Graduates should attend the service corresponding to the first letter of their surname.

Register for your baccalaureate here. The deadline to register is April 18, 2022.

Event Details

Service Date Time Service Location Guest Viewing Locations
Surnames A–G Friday, May 6 4:30 PM Duke Chapel Page Auditorium & Griffith Theater
Surnames H–Z Saturday, May 7 11:30 AM  Duke Chapel Page Auditorium & Griffith Theater


Each service begins with a procession of graduates into the Chapel. Graduates wear academic apparel (no hoods), and the procession begins ten minutes before the service’s scheduled start time.  Review your Processional Instructions below:


  • Students wear academic apparel (gown, cap, and no hood)
  • Please report to Abele Quad in front of Perkins Library for processional line up, 30 minutes before the beginning of your service.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the processional may be canceled. Students woudl receive notiication and be advised to go directly into the Chapel.

Guest Viewing

Seating in the Chapel is for students-only.  The services will be simulcast on a large video screen in Page Auditorium & Griffith Film Theater.  We have added a viewing location in The Ruby. Guests may also view the services live on the Commencement website homepage or on the Duke Chapel YouTube channel. Tickets are not required for viewing locations.

Request a different service

If you are not able to attend your assigned service, you may request to change your service by emailing  Please include the following information in your message: Name, NetID, School, date of preferred service, and your reason for switching services.