Graduation Day Instructions

Graduation

Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business

100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA

ccmba-program@fuqua.duke.edu

global-program@fuqua.duke.edu

weekend-program@fuqua.duke.edu

This information will help you prepare for all the activities on graduation day.

 

Saturday

Tickets are not required for the Executive MBA Programs Graduation in Cameron Indoor Stadium. There is ample seating in the stadium. 

Caps and Gowns

Your hood should be worn draped around your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back. The velvet border, which indicates your specific field of study, should be showing on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the colors to show. For detailed instructions on how to wear a hood click here.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for graduation apparel:

  • If possible, wear a shirt that buttons in the front. This will allow you to hook a string from the hood to the button, keeping the hood from sliding.
  • Ladies may want to bring hair pins to help secure the cap and safety pins to secure the hood if you do not have a shirt with a button.
  • Business casual or business formal should be worn under your gown.
  • The tassel of the academic cap is typically worn on the left front side; however, for photography purposes we ask that you wear your tassel on the right side during the ceremony.
  • Leave all personal items with family members.

Children at the Ceremony

Children are welcome to attend the ceremony. Please make sure you have someone available to supervise children while you participate in the graduation ceremony.

Class Photograph

The Weekend Executive class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:45 am (see map). The Cross Continent class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:00 am (see map). The Global Executive class photo will occur at The Fuqua School of Business the day before the Executive MBA Programs graduation.

Photographer

A professional photographer will take pictures during the ceremony and reception. We will provide a website to all students after graduation to purchase pictures. Guests are encouraged to take pictures during the ceremony and reception.

Procession

All students (Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive) will gather in the Hall of Honor at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:15 am and be asked to line up alphabetically (see diagram). After you have lined up, staff ushers and a bagpiper will lead you into Cameron Indoor Stadium. When the procession begins, please follow the lead of the ushers in charge; they will direct you to your appropriate seating. Please remain standing until the processional music has ended. Procession into Cameron begins at 8:45 am. We ask that your guests be seated by 8:30 am.

Ceremony

There will be a program at your seat that you may use to follow the ceremony. When it is time for you to receive your graduation scroll, you will be given instructions by the ushers. Please be alert to their instructions, particularly if you are a row leader. Once your name is called, walk across the stage to receive your scroll and shake hands with the distinguished individuals on stage. Please proceed down the stairs stage right and return to your seat.

Process Out

The faculty and staff on stage will process off the stage, past the graduates. After the group on stage processes out, an usher will direct the first row of graduates to follow. Graduates process out row by row. Please continue all the way outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium, allowing all graduates to leave the stadium in a timely fashion. Following the ceremony, students are welcome to take pictures in Cameron Indoor Stadium with their guests and classmates. However, please note that set up for another graduation ceremony will begin taking place at the conclusion of the Executive MBA Programs graduation ceremony.

Reception

Immediately following the graduation ceremony, there will be a reception in the Fox Student Center at The Fuqua School of Business. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. All graduates, family and guests are invited.

Sunday

Duke University Ceremony

Tickets are not required for the Duke Graduation in Wallace Wade Stadium. There is ample seating in the outdoor stadium. 

All candidates for degrees from the graduate and professional schools should assemble in academic apparel (cap, gown, and hood) on the east side of the football practice field (located behind the Wallace Wade Stadium scoreboard) no later than 9:00 am. The formal procession begins at 9:30 am. It takes almost 30 minutes for the thousands of degree candidates to reach their places for the ceremony. Please refer to the Processional Instructions on the Duke Commencement Website for further instructions.
Note: Students should wear flat shoes as spiked heels will not be allowed on the track! 

Degrees are conferred en masse upon the several degree groups following the principal address. The University Marshal calls upon each degree group to stand, in the order in which that group appears in the printed program.  Each degree group remains standing until the degree has been conferred by President Brodhead.

When the exercises are concluded and the on-stage participants, faculty, and administration have departed, graduates are then free to proceed to the Fox Center, where diplomas will be distributed.

Sunday Reception

Immediately following the graduation ceremony, there will be a reception in the Fox Student Center at The Fuqua School of Business. A champagne brunch will be provided for students, family, and guests.

Diploma Pick Up

Global Executive students should pick up their diplomas during the graduation reception on Sunday. The Executive MBA Programs Office will have a table set up in the Fox Student Center where students can pick up their diplomas.