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PhD Hooding Ceremony

Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The 2019 Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11. Tickets are required and must be requested only by Ph.D. recipients. Notification about ticket requests go out in late February.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
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 from The Graduate School on May 13-15 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Note: The Graduate School will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 13). You must show your student ID before The Graduate School can release your diploma.

University Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 12, 2019
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, receive drink tickets for the Devil’s Krafthouse when you update your information, and get answers to all your “Life After Duke” questions.

Thursday, May 9
1:30–5:30 p.m.
Penn Pavilion

Friday, May 10
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Penn Pavilion

More information


Saturday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Downtown Durham

Celebrate graduation at Forever Duke Downtown on Saturday evening, May 11. Bring family and friends and enjoy discounts at restaurants around downtown Durham to celebrate your last night as a student! Visit for a list of participating restaurants and more updates on commencement events!

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.


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