Welcome, families and guests!


As announced by the University President, Fuqua graduation events will not take place this May. However, Duke remains committed to having an in-person celebration of the Class of 2020 at a later date to be determined.

Duke is planning for an online celebration in May with commencement speaker, Ken Jeong to mark the moment. Fuqua is also working on ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 this spring. We will communicate updates as they develop.


Please refer to the detailed schedule below for Saturday and Sunday graduation festivities. Families and guests should closely follow both schedules for times and locations. Please refer to the Parking + Directions page for information on parking.

Special Accommodations

Do you or your guests require special accommodations during commencement weekend?

Friday, May 8, 2020

2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSM Certificate Ceremony (Location: TBD)

Reception follows (Location: TBD)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Class of 2020 Daytime MBA Commencement Ceremony

12:00 p.m.
Doors to Cameroon Indoor Stadium open; guests may begin seating

12:15 p.m.

Formal lineup at South entrance of Cameron Indoor Stadium for Graduates

12:45 p.m.
Doors to Cameron Indoor are closed; all guests should be seated by this time

1:00 p.m.
Graduates process into Cameron

1:30 p.m.
Graduation ceremony begins

Please note: When exiting Cameron Indoor on the south side, please keep to pedestrian paths. The south circle area will be servicing disability service vehicles.

3:30 p.m.
Reception at the Fox Student Center, Fuqua School of Business

Diplomas available for pick-up in Geneen Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
End of Reception

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Class of 2020 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

8:15 a.m.
Student line up in Pascal Field House

9:00 a.m.
Procession into Wallace Wade Stadium

9:30 a.m.
Graduation ceremony begins

Your Visit

Please consider the following suggestions in order to make your graduation weekend experience as enjoyable as possible.

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. 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 Special Events and University Ceremonies (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 websiteHotels 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.

Duke Campus

Nasher Museum of Art
Duke Chapel and Organs
Duke Gardens
Duke Forest
Duke Lemur Center
Duke Performances


Durham Bulls
Durham Performing Arts Center
Golfing at Washington Duke
Hayti Heritage Center
Historic Sites
Museum of Life and Science
Brightleaf Square or Ninth Street shopping

Triangle and Beyond

Atlantic Coast
Blue Ridge Mountains
NC Sandhills area championship golf
RaleighCary, or Chapel Hill

Additional Resources

Duke Campus Map
Cameron Stadium
Visiting Duke
About Durham
Things to do in Durham
Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Durham Weather
Airport Information