This information is for graduating students. It is designed to help get you through the big day, including a schedule, a to do list, instructions for the day itself, and a list of frequently asked questions.

Schedule

Friday, May 11, 2018

2:00-4:00 pm
HSM Certificate Ceremony at Kirby Winter Garden in the Fox Student Center, The Fuqua School of Business (for Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive students who meet certificate requirements by April 2018)

12:00-6:00 pm
Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive students should pick up their graduation apparel from the front circle of the Fuqua School of Business off of Fuqua Drive.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

8:00 am
Weekend Executive: class photo at Cameron Indoor Stadium

8:10 am
Cross Continent: class photo at Cameron Indoor Stadium

8:20 am
Global Executive: class photo at Cameron Indoor Stadium

8:25 am
Formal lineup at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Hall of Honor

8:50 am
Procession into Cameron - North Entrance

9:00 am
Graduation ceremony begins

11:00 am
Reception at the Fox Student Center, The Fuqua School of Business

1:00 pm
End of Reception

Sunday, May 13, 2018

TBA
Student line up

9:00 am
Procession into Wallace Wade Stadium

9:30 am
Graduation ceremony begins

To Do List

If you have not already done so, you and your guests should make hotel reservations now!

A listing of local hotels is provided for your convenience. You can also visit the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau for additional area information and lodging options.

During the elective term in Durham, Cross Continent and Weekend Executive students were given the opportunity to pick up graduation invitations to share with family and friends. In early January, invitations were mailed to the Global Executive students. The invitations are for the Saturday graduation ceremony and have your specific program's information.

You can also share an electronic graduation announcement and/or invitation with family and friends. Here are the links to share:

You will be sent a graduation attendance survey to fill out in March. It is critical you complete this survey as it enables the Executive MBA Programs Office to plan accordingly for the graduation day festivities.

Part of the graduation attendance survey asks if you or any of your guests need special accommodations in regard to parking or seating. Please pay special attention to this section as you are completing the survey so we can make sure we are prepared for you and your guests.

On Friday, May 11, Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive students will need to go to the front circle of the Fuqua School of Business (from Fuqua Drive) between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm to pick up their graduation apparel just inside Fuqua's Keller East Building. If you are unable to pick up your apparel during this time period, please have a classmate pick it up for you or you can pick up your apparel on Saturday morning starting at 7:30 am outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Friday afternoon pick-up is strongly encouraged! The staff members handing out the caps and gowns will show you how the hood is to be worn, as it can be a bit tricky!

Weekend Executive students will have their class photo taken at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 12. Cross Continent students will have their class photo taken at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:10 am on Saturday, May 12. Global Executive students will have their class photo taken at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:20 am on Saturday, May 12. Students should come dressed in their apparel or allow time to put their apparel on before the class photos.

All students should gather at the Cameron Indoor Stadium, Hall of Honor, by 8:25 am on Saturday, May 12 for formal lineup for the graduation ceremony.

Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive students will receive their diplomas in the mail prior to the graduation ceremonies.

Fuqua's Development and Alumni Relations team has developed a website to assist recent graduates in their transition to becoming alumni. While most information is applicable, please note the website will be updated at a later date for students participating in the May 2018 graduation.

Students have the opportunity to order a class ring through Jostens.

Graduation Day Instructions

This information will help you prepare for all the activities on graduation day.

Tickets are not required for the Executive MBA Programs Graduation in Cameron Indoor Stadium. There is ample seating in the stadium. 

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. For detailed instructions on how to wear a hood click 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.

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.

Class Photograph

The Weekend Executive class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:00 am. The Cross Continent class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:10 am. The Global Executive class photo will be taken outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:20 am.

Photographer

A professional photographer will take pictures during the ceremony and reception. We will provide a website to all students after graduation to purchase 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.

Procession

All students (Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive) will gather in the Hall of Honor at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:25 am and will be asked to line up alphabetically. After you have lined up, staff ushers and a bagpiper 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 8:50 am. We ask that your guests be seated by 8:30 am.

Ceremony

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 the distinguished individuals on stage. Please proceed down the stairs stage right and return to your seat and be seated.

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 Executive MBA Programs graduation ceremony.

Reception

Immediately following the graduation ceremony, there will be a reception in the Fox Student Center at The Fuqua School of Business. The reception will include heavy savory and sweet finger foods as well as wine, beer, and non-alcoholic options. While it is not dinner, it is sufficient enough to serve as a meal. All graduates, family and guests are invited.

When and Where to Line Up

All degree candidates should report to the processional line-up located in the Pascal Field House no later than 8:15 am. More detailed instructions will be posted at a later date in the Spring.

Processional Instructions

Processional instructions will be added at a later date.

What Not to Bring

No food, drink (other than water), smoking or chewing gum allowed in the line-up area. Backpacks and oversized purses that do not fit underneath gowns will be confiscated and held until the end of the ceremony.

Spiked heels are prohibited.

What to Wear

Candidates for degrees should dress in academic apparel (cap, gown and hood). Academic caps are worn during the procession. Men remove their caps for the National Anthem and the Invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. Women keep their caps in place during the entire ceremony. The tassel of the academic cap is worn always on the left and front side. Please note low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the procession.

Recessional Instructions

When the ceremony is concluded and members of the faculty and administration have departed, graduates will recess from the seating area via the marked pathways.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before Graduation

During the elective term in Durham, Cross Continent and Weekend Executive students were given the opportunity to pick up graduation invitations to share with family and friends.  In early January, invitations were mailed to the Global Executive students. The invitations are for the Saturday graduation ceremony and have your specific program's information.

You can also share an electronic graduation announcement and/or invitation with family and friends. Here are the links to share:

There is no limit on the number of guests that you are allowed to bring to the Saturday ceremony and reception. However, students are required to indicate the number of guests attending on the graduation survey that will be sent to all students. This enables the Executive MBA Programs Office to prepare adequately for space layout, seating, and food. Tickets are not required for the Executive MBA Programs graduation ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-serve unless otherwise reserved.

There is no limit on the number of guests you are allowed to bring to the Sunday ceremony at Wallace Wade Stadium. Tickets are not required and seating is first-come, first-serve unless otherwise reserved.

Graduation Day

Children are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies and reception. We encourage you to bring the entire family and understand that children are an important part of this celebration. If you have a young child or children, please make sure an adult other than yourself is able to supervise them while you participate in the class photo, line-up, and ceremony.

Please see the For Everyone page for parking information.

Cross Continent, Global Executive and Weekend Executive students will receive their diplomas in the mail prior to the graduation ceremonies.

All graduation apparel belongs to the student and does not need to be returned. Students participating in the Duke Commencement ceremony on Sunday should keep track of their apparel on Saturday, as replacements will not be available. If you do not wish to keep all of your graduation apparel, the Net Impact Club will have bins available at Fuqua on Saturday where you can donate unwanted items.

After Graduation

If you need access to Fuqua after graduation, please contact the Building Management Office (BMO) at 919-660-7734 or operations-bmo@fuqua.duke.edu before May 12, 2018. If you reach out to the BMO after that date, a longer process in gaining access will be required. 

Please visit the library's webpage for recent graduates for what resources you still have access to after graduation. You will need to enter your NetID and password to access the site.

If you have a balance due at the Bursar's Office, you will need to be pay it as soon as possible or your diploma and transcript will be held.
The Bursar's website has information on payment options.

Please see the special section for graduating students in the Technical Support Center Online for answers to your network and file access questions. While most information is applicable, please note the website will be updated at a later date for students participating in the May 2018 graduation.

To request a copy of your transcript or degree verification, please visit the University Registrar website.