General Information

Information included here may be helpful as you plan your visit.

 

Parking and Special Needs

Saturday Parking

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.

General Parking: General parking for graduates and guests will be available in the 751 Lot (located on Science Dr.) and the Chemistry Lot (located at the intersection of Towerview Rd. & Circuit Dr.). Please allow at least 15 minutes to walk to Cameron Indoor Stadium from these lots. See parking map for details.

Special Accommodations Parking: If you requested special accommodations for you or your guests on the graduation survey, parking will be available in the Whitford Lot (see map for details). Students who requested special accommodations on the Graduation Survey will receive an email on May 1 with a parking pass for the Whitford Parking Lot.

Drop Off and Shuttle: Elderly guests or those guests with limited mobility can be dropped off at the driveway in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium, but you will need to request access if you have not already done so to receive a Whitford  Lot parking pass. (Email monica.catalano@duke.edu for access by May 5). After the ceremony, a shuttle will be provided for those guests 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 & Seating for Ceremony: Any elderly guests or guests with limited mobility are free to sit with their party on the main floor of Cameron Indoor Stadium. If you are facing the stage, this area will be located to the right towards the front.

*Please note that the area surrounding Cameron Indoor Stadium is under construction. Construction will not take place during graduation weekend; however, construction zones will be fenced off near the entrance to Cameron. Crews will clean the area prior to graduation, but we recommend that you and your guests proceed with care.

Sunday Parking

Parking and special needs details for the Duke University graduation ceremony on Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park can be found on the Duke University Commencement Website.

Graduation Speakers

Executive MBA Programs Commencement Speaker - Shane Battier

Over his distinguished 12-year NBA career and his heralded collegiate career at Duke University, Shane Battier of the Miami Heat established himself as a scholar athlete, All-American, leader, champion, and philanthropist.  Dubbed the "No-Stats All-Star" in a New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story written by Michael Lewis, Shane is regarded as one of the most complete players in the NBA for his leadership, lockdown defense, and intellectual approach to the game.

Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies as the sixth pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, Shane helped connect the team with the city of Memphis after the franchise relocated from Vancouver.  He ultimately led the Grizzlies to their first-ever playoff appearance during the 2003-04 season. A trade during the summer of 2006 sent Shane to the Houston Rockets where he was the catalyst for a three-year stretch that saw the team win at least 52 games in each of the seasons that followed.  As a fan favorite and significant member of the Rockets, Shane helped lead the team to its first semi-final playoff appearance in more than a decade during the 2009 postseason.  Shane returned to the Memphis Grizzlies via a mid-season trade in 2010 and was instrumental in the first playoff series victory in franchise history.  Shane joined the Miami Heat in 2011 as one of the NBA's most coveted free agents and in his two seasons with the Heat, accomplished what he had set out to achieve - back-to-back NBA Championships.

A six-time divisional winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, Shane is also known for his exemplary character and his commitment to community service.  He and his wife, Heidi, launched The Battier Take Charge Foundation to provide resources and programs for the development and education of underserved youth and teens.

Shane graduated from Duke University in May 2001 with an NCAA Championship and a degree in comparative religions. He swept the national player of the year awards, was named the academic player of the year, and won a gold medal at the Goodwill games as a member of USA Basketball.

Shane and Heidi (his high school sweetheart) have a son (Zeke) and a daughter (Eloise).


Duke University Commencement Speaker - Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer, who has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people, will deliver Duke University's commencement address on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Farmer graduated summa cum laude from Duke in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in medical anthropology. The next year he began helping dispossessed farmers in Haiti's Central Plateau while beginning work toward his Ph.D. and medical degree at Harvard University.

In 1987, he became a founding director of the international nonprofit organization Partners In Health (PIH), which provides direct health care services, undertakes research and advocates on behalf of people who are sick and living in poverty. Today, PIH has 12 sites throughout Haiti, and works in 12 other countries.

The development of Farmer's work in Haiti and elsewhere is chronicled in Tracy Kidder's book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World" (2003, Random House).

“His life and work really reflects Duke’s emphasis on interdiscipinarity,” said Ted Leonhardt, a Duke senior from Farmington, Connecticut. “It tells the Duke story, really, and shows that interdisciplinarity isn’t something the university came to recently.”

Nicole Krantz, a Duke senior from Long Island, said she appreciated having an accomplished Duke graduate as a speaker.

“We’re graduating soon and starting this next chapter in our lives,” Krantz said. “It really helps knowing this person was here where we are, and went out to really change the world.”

Today Farmer is Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Farmer's recent writings include "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation" (2013, University of California Press) and "In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez" (2014, Orbis Books).

Farmer was elected to the Duke Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee.

His numerous honors include the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Farmer is a member of the Institute of Medicine (part of the National Academy of Sciences) and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.