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PhD Hooding Ceremony

Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The university has announced that the 2020 commencement, including departmental ceremonies and other related activities, has been postponed to a date to be determined later. We will provide more information once we know the make-up date. In the meantime, please see the commencement postponement FAQs for updates.

The 2020 Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9. Tickets are required and must be requested only by Ph.D. recipients. Notification about ticket requests go out in February.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
5:30 p.m. (reception will immediately follow ceremony)
Durham Convention Center
301 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
Parking information

More about the Hooding Ceremony

Hooding Ceremony Live Stream


mobile appHooding Ceremony Mobile App

The Graduate School has developed a mobile app to keep our graduating students and their guests up to date about the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony. The app provides information about tickets, regalia, deadlines, and parking.

Download The Hooding App

(In the app, click "Enter Passphrase" and type in "Dukehooding" to find the hooding guide)

Master’s Degree Recipients

Please check with your department to see if they are hosting a graduation ceremony. All master’s degree students must apply for graduation through Duke Hub and complete the commencement information form that will be emailed from The Graduate School in late March.

Diploma Distribution

Official Ph.D. diplomas will be distributed during the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony.

Ph.D. students not attending the hooding ceremony, as well as master's students whose departments do not distribute master's diplomas during commencement weekend, may pick up their diplomas following commencement weekend. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

University Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Wallace Wade Stadium (rain or shine)
More information

Other Commencement Activities

Forever Duke Grad Grab-and-Go

Pick up your Duke Alumni Association commencement gift, update your information, and get answers to all your “Life After Duke” questions.

Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 9
Karsh Center


Cap, Gown, and Hood

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

To-Do List for New Alumni

Check out the list of simple steps you can take to stay connected with Duke after you graduate.

Pay It Forward

The resources you have enjoyed at Duke is made possible by the generous support of students who have gone before you—alumni who have generously given back to support graduate education at Duke. As you become part of the alumni family, please consider joining this cycle of giving back. Make a small gift each year to the Graduate School Annual Fund, which directly supports summer research fellowships and other research-related activities for the students coming behind you. In fact, if you give before June 30, your gift will go even farther. See how and make a gift now.


Commencement FAQs