Information included here may be helpful as you plan your visit.
Parking and Special Needs
Saturday's ceremony will take place in Cameron Indoor Stadium with a reception to follow in the Fox Student Center at The Fuqua School of Business. Students and their guests should park in the Whitford lot or Science Drive lot. Additional parking and overflow parking will also be available.
Students will be given a parking pass to use and/or share with their guests. A hard copy of the parking pass will be distributed when students pick up their graduation apparel. An electronic copy will be posted on the graduation website a week prior to the ceremony.
Drop Off and Shuttle: Elderly guests or those guests with limited mobility can be dropped off in the circle driveway in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium. After the ceremony, those guests may use the provided shuttle to get from Cameron Indoor Stadium to The Fuqua School of Business for the reception. The shuttle will also be available after the reception to take guests with limited mobility back to the designated parking lots.
Special Needs Access for Ceremony: Any elderly guests or guests with limited mobility can have reserved seating for themself and guests. To request reserved seating for guests, the graduating student needed to indicate so on the graduation survey sent to all students.
Sunday's ceremony will take place in Wallace Wade Stadium. Uniformed University personnel will be available throughout the campus to assist with parking. Suggested parking lots include: Whitford Drive, Science Drive, Highway 751, Green Zone (along Frank Bassett Drive), and Wannamaker. Accessible drop-off areas for individuals with disabilities can be found at the Wallace Wade North Gate (Whitford Drive to Cameron Indoor Stadium), and Wallace Wade East Gate (Wannamaker drive behind indoor tennis venue). Golf carts will also be available in the parking lots to assist with transport.
The biography of the Executive MBA Programs graduation speaker will be posted when the speaker is announced. The Duke University graduation speaker's biography is below.
Duke University Graduation Speaker
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.
Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.
As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command. From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Army’s “senior scout” he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
General Dempsey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Masters’ Degree in English, he holds Masters’ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.
General Dempsey and his high school sweetheart Deanie have three children: Chris, Megan, and Caitlin. Each has served in the United States Army. Chris remains on active duty. They have eight wonderful grandchildren: Kayla, Mackenna and Finley by Chris and daughter-in-law Julie, Luke and Braden by Caitlin and son-in-law Shane, and Alexander, Hunter and Samuel by Megan and son-in-law Kory.