Commencement Ceremony

Event Details

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Abele Quad, West Campus
9:00 AM Procession of Graduates

Event Description

The university-wide commencement ceremony will celebrate the three graduating classes of the 2019-2020 academic year.  September 2019, December 2019, and May 2020 graduates from all ten Duke schools are invited to attend.  Guest attendance will be limited.  Graduates may register up to 4 guests by August 20, 2021.

The outdoor ceremony will begin with the procession of graduates, faculty, administration, and platform party.  President Vincent E. Price will preside over the ceremony. Highlights of the event include the class speaker and a keynote by Ken Jeong ’90. Duke will award honorary degrees during the ceremony to individuals who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards in their work.

With Commencement 2020 coinciding with Founders’ Weekend, Duke will also award the University Medal, Duke’s highest award for service to the institution.

The commencement ceremony should conclude by 11 a.m.

Guests seating is on a first come first serve basis and guests must be registered by their graduate to attend.  Guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

Explore previous commencement ceremonies.