Event Instructions

Graduation

Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business

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

Tel +1.919.660.7795
Fax +1.919.684.2818

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Contact +1.919.660.7795 or email MMS staff

This information will help you prepare for all the events.

 

Friday

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:

  • 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.

Class Photo, Line Up, and Procession Instructions

Plan to arrive at the closed end of Wallace Wade 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.

Ceremony

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 Sunday after the University 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.

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 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. Check this website after graduation to purchase pictures taken by the professional photographer.

Sunday

Duke University Ceremony

Tickets are not required for Duke Graduation in Wallace Wade Stadium.  There is unlimited 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 9:30am. It takes almost 30 minutes for the nearly 2,600 degree candidates to reach their places for the program.  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 platform group, 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 Distribution

The University will not permit the issuing of diplomas until after the University ceremony has concluded on Sunday. For those who are unable to stay for the reception on Sunday, your diploma will be mailed to you.  Please keep your address up-to-date in ACES.  In order to receive your diploma, all outstanding bills with the University must be paid.  Please check your account now if you believe your balance is not clear.

Children at the Ceremony

Children are an important part of this celebration.  We encourage you to bring the entire family!  However, if you or your guests have young children, please be considerate of the audience and keep children out of the aisles.