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commencementPh.D. Hooding Ceremony

The 2018 Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12. Tickets are required and must be requested only by Ph.D. recipients. Notification about ticket requests will go out in February 2018.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
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 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 app:

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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.

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 from May 14 to May 18, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You must show your student ID before The Graduate School can release your diploma.

University Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Wallace Wade Stadium (rain or shine)
More information

Other Commencement Activities

  • Alumni Card and Gift Distribution: Time TBD
  • Forever Duke Party for New Graduates: Time TBD

Cap, Gown, and Hood

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


Commencement FAQs