Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Event Instructions

This information will help you prepare for all the events.

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.  FYI ~ How to Wear a Hood

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

  • Guys - Wear a collared 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.

Class Photo, Line Up, and Procession Instructions

Plan to arrive at the Cameron Indoor Stadium for the class photo by 4:45 pm.  We ask that you arrive on time, dressed in your graduation attire, and cooperate with the photographer to make this session as efficient as possible.  We have a very tight timeline to keep! 

Procession line-up will take place immediately after the class photo; staff will be on-hand to provide instructions and assistance. Graduates will be lined up alphabetically. You will be given an index card that has your name on it. Keep this card with you so you can give it to the program representative, who will then use it to read your name as you walk across the stage.

After you have lined up, staff ushers and a bag piper 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 5:45 pm; we ask that your guests be seated by 5:30 pm.


There will be a program at your seat that you may use to follow along during the ceremony. When it is time for you to receive your graduation scroll, you will be given instructions by the usher. Row leaders should be especially alert to their instructions.  When you reach the stage, hand your name card to the program representative.  Once your name is called, walk across the stage to receive your scroll.  At this time, a photographer will take your picture. Please proceed down the stairs stage left and return to your seat.  Note about diplomas: The graduation scrolls you receive on Friday will be a "mock diploma." The official diploma will be handed out on after the graduation ceremony.

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, allowing all graduates to leave the stadium in a timely fashion.  Plan to reconnect with your family outside of Cameron before walking to the reception at Fuqua.


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 and drinks will be served. All graduates, family and guests are invited. 

Photographer and Photos

A professional photographer will take pictures during the ceremony. Guests are also encouraged to take pictures.