Please consider the following suggestions in order to make your graduation weekend experience as enjoyable as possible.
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. Graduates may pick up their diplomas at this time.
What to Wear
Business casual or business formal dress is preferred. The weather in Durham can be warm in May (average temperatures are between 55° - 78° Fahrenheit and 12.8° - 25.6° Celsius). Please plan to dress appropriately for the weather, have good walking shoes, bring water, wear sun block (Sunday's ceremony is outdoors), pack an umbrella, etc.
Weather in Durham: Please prepare for weather, including rain. Consult local weather information.
Saturday Ceremony Weather Policy
The Saturday graduation events are all indoors so weather will not be a factor. Please plan to attend rain or shine.
Sunday Ceremony Weather Policy
For Sunday's event at Wallace Wade Stadium, the ceremony will continue in the event of rain. If weather conditions are threatening, the Graduation exercises will be canceled. If weather conditions are questionable on Sunday morning, you may call the Office of the University Marshal (919-660-1555) or the Bryan Center Information Desk (919-684-2323). Inclement weather decisions will be made and announced by 8:30 am on Sunday morning.
Where to Stay
Durham offers a variety of lodging options. For more details about where to stay, please visit the Duke Commencement website. Hotels during commencement weekend fill up quickly. We encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible.
Where to Eat
Durham won Southern Living magazine’s title of "Tastiest Town in the South," so be sure to dine at one of the the Bull City's eateries. Check out the Durham Visitor's Information Site for a list of some of the local favorites.
Things to Do
There are many things to do on Duke's campus, in Durham, in the Triangle and beyond. A few suggestions are listed below.
Nasher Museum of Art
Duke Chapel and Organs
Duke Lemur Center
Durham Performing Arts Center
Golfing at Washington Duke
Hayti Heritage Center
Museum of Life and Science
Brightleaf Square or Ninth Street shopping
Triangle and Beyond
Blue Ridge Mountains
NC Sandhills area championship golf
Raleigh, Cary, or Chapel Hill
Duke Campus Map
Things to do in Durham
Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau