Fuqua Commencement on Saturday

Tickets are not required for the ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium or reception at the Fox Center. There is ample seating in the stadium. Cameron Indoor doors will open at 12:00pm for guests to begin seating. Doors will close at 12:45pm, so all guests must be inside and seated at this time for final venue preparation.

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. Additional information about how to wear your graduation apparel can be found 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 so you don't have to carry them while processing in and out of the Graduation ceremony.

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.


A professional photographer will take pictures during the ceremony and reception. We will send an email to all students after graduation with instructions for downloading 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. 

Ceremony Instructions


Procession line-up will take place at 12:15 pm inside the South Lobby. Each graduate will need to pick up the index card with your name on it from the boards placed outside in the South Plaza prior to entering the lobby for line up. Please keep this card with you so that you can give it to the program representative who will use it to announce your name as you walk across the stage. Staff will be on-hand to provide instructions and assistance. You will line up in general alphabetical order.

After you have lined up, the quintet will start playing and the staff ushers will lead you into Cameron Indoor Stadium. Please remain standing until the processional music has ended. Procession into Cameron begins at 1:00 pm. Your guests must be seated by 12:45 pm as doors will be closed for final venue preparation.


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 Dean Boulding. At this time, a photographer will take your picture. Please proceed down the stairs stage right and return to your seat and be seated. The graduation scrolls you receive on Saturday will be a mock diploma. The official diploma will be handed out at the reception at Fuqua after the 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 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 Daytime MBA 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'oeuvre and drinks will be served. All graduates, family and guests are invited. Graduates may pick up their diplomas and graduation gift at this time in Geneen.


Duke Commencement on Sunday

Students planning to attend the Duke University commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 10 should follow the instructions found on the Duke Commencement Website. If you plan to attend the Duke University commencement ceremony, do not return or donate your apparel on Saturday. You will wear the same apparel (cap, gown, & hood) that you wore during the Fuqua ceremony. Please plan accordingly. You can return or donate your apparel in bins at Fuqua until May 15.

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