Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA
This information will help you prepare for all the activities on graduation day.
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. To avoid overheating, gentlemen are encouraged to leave their suit jackets with friends or family during the ceremony.
- 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.
The Weekend Executive class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:00 am (see map). The Cross Continent class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:15 am (see map). The Global Executive class photo will occur at The Fuqua School of Business the day before the Executive MBA Programs graduation.
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, but we ask that they not interfere with the procession of students and avoid blocking the view of other guests.
All students (Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive) will gather in the Hall of Honor at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:25 am and be asked to line up alphabetically. 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 8:50 am. We ask that your guests be seated by 8:30 am.
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 seated at the end of a row. 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 and be seated.
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.
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.
Diploma Pick Up
Global Executive students should pick up their diplomas during the graduation reception on Saturday. The Executive MBA Programs Office will have a table set up in the Fox Student Center where students can pick up their diplomas.
When and Where to Line Up
Degree candidates assemble no later than 8:15 a.m. along the bays at the American Tobacco Camus in downtown Durham. Graduate and professional schools will begin lining up near the Strickland Building. This map shows the designated line up location for Fuqua. Late arrivals may not be able to march with fellow graduates.
At 9 a.m., the degree lines will begin to move east down Jackie Robinson Drive. Students should remain standing until the members of the platform party are seated after the National Anthem and the Invocation.
What Not to Bring
No food, drink (other than water), smoking or chewing gum allowed in the line-up area. Backpacks and oversized purses that do not fit underneath gowns will be confiscated and held until the end of the ceremony.
Spiked heels are prohibited.
What to Wear
Candidates for degrees should dress in academic apparel (cap, gown and hood). Academic caps are worn during the procession. Men remove their caps for the National Anthem and the Invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. Women keep their caps in place during the entire ceremony. The tassel of the academic cap is worn always on the left and front side. Please note low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the procession.
When the ceremony is concluded and members of the faculty and administration have departed, graduates will recess from the seating area via the warning track and marked pathways. Graduates are then free to proceed to the locations where diplomas are to be distributed.