Commencement Ceremony

Event Details

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium
9:00 AM Procession of Candidates
9:30 AM Ceremony

Event Description

Each year, Duke holds one university-wide commencement ceremony to celebrate the three graduating classes of that academic year. September 2017, December 2017, and May 2018 graduates from all ten Duke schools are invited to attend.

The ceremony begins with the procession of degree candidates, faculty, administration, and platform party.
President Vincent E. Price presides, and an elected graduate and a keynote speaker give addresses. Duke also awards honorary degrees during the ceremony to people who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards in their work. Honorary degree recipients are typically announced in March.

The commencement ceremony typically concludes by 11 AM, and many departments host gatherings and departmental ceremonies in the afternoon.

Explore previous commencement ceremonies.

Ceremonies Hosted by Schools and Departments

While degrees are officially conferred at the university-wide commencement ceremony, diplomas are distributed by departments and schools either by mail or at separate events throughout commencement weekend. Most departmental ceremonies take place on Sunday afternoon between noon and 3 PM.They typically include the distribution of diplomas and a light reception.