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Duke University Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive
Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708 USA

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Graduate Student Affairs

Graduation Ceremonies

NOTE: All students who submitted an Intent to Graduate form for May 2014 or who graduated in September 2013 or December 2013 will receive an e-mail prompting them to complete the appropriate Commencement Information Form.

Graduate School Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

Tickets are required and may be requested only by Ph.D. recipients.

Date and Location

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Durham Convention Center 301 W. Morgan Street, Durham NC 27701


September and December 2013 and May 2014 graduates are invited to attend but MUST register online for the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony by Friday, April 11, 2014. To register, Ph.D. recipients must complete the Commencement Information Survey.

Master's Degree Recipients

Please check with your department to see if they are hosting a graduation ceremony. All master's degree students must complete the Commencement Information Form.

University Commencement Exercises

Date and Location

Sunday, May 11 - 10:00am

Wallace Wade Stadium (Rain or Shine)

Cap, Gown, and Hood

University Stores handles all order for academic regalia. Please direct all questions to them.

Graduate School Diploma Distribution

Date and Location

Sunday, May 11 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Graduate School, 2127 Campus Drive.

Frequently Asked Questions:


  1. Q: Do faculty members who are attending and hooding a graduate student need a ticket?
    No, faculty members do not need a physical ticket for the Hooding Ceremony. As long as we know you are attending, we will include you in the faculty count - you will be easily identified by the academic apparel.
  2. Q: What name will be on my diploma?
    A: When you applied to graduate you were asked to enter a "degree name."  The degree name is sent to the Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies where the diplomas are ordered.  The name appears on the diploma exactly as the student entered it on-line.  Students should make sure that if they have a middle initial and wish for a period to be after the middle initial they enter that punctuation during the application for graduation process.
  3. Q: How do I get my cap, gown & hood?
    For the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony and the Wallace Wade Ceremony, university graduation caps, gowns & hoods are rented through the Bryan Center Bookstore (there is a fee to rent apparel). You need to place your apparel order before March 21.  The caps, gowns & hoods are to be picked up by you and returned immediately after the Wallace Wade Ceremony. (You can keep your tassels.) You can find more information at:
  4. Q: Where do I get my Announcements and Invitations?
    A: You may order personalized graduation announcements through Jostens. Generic announcements will be available at Duke Stores mid-March.
  5. Q: I want to attend the Hooding Event in May, how do I get a ticket(s)?
    The Graduate School will be sending a survey to eligible candidates late February. In the survey you will be able to indicate the number of tickets you would like to reserve and find information regarding ticket pick-up/delivery. (Typically mid-April).
  6. Q: How many tickets can I get?
    You can reserve up to 3 tickets. (Please note: the graduating student and advisor do not need tickets, so they are not included in this number). It is possible that additional tickets will be available, depending on the number of graduates, but the final number of tickets available to allocate will not be known until closer to the event.
  7. Q: How long is the Hooding Event?
    The Hooding Ceremony itself is approximately 2 hours, give or take, depending on how many graduates there are. A reception will follow the ceremony.
  8. Q: I am an International student and need documentation for my family to attend from outside of the U.S.
    Visa Services handles such requests:

For maps and parking information as well as other University activities for 2014 Graduation, please view the following.