Special Events



The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, with 55 acres of landscaped and woodland gardens immediately adjacent to Duke University Medical Center, has five miles of allZes and pathways, most of which are accessible to the physically challenged. It is recognized as one of the premiere public gardens in the United States, renowned both for landscape design and the quality of horticulture. The Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, which displays the most beautiful Southern wildflowers in a dramatic pine woodland, will be at peak performance during Commencement Weekend. Duke Gardens is open daily from 8:00 a.m. till dusk, and there is no charge for admission.


During Commencement Weekend, the Duke University Museum of Art is exhibiting The Academic Eye: Reynolds Price Collects. This series features the choices of prominent Duke faculty members. Professor Price is an award-winning writer and a member of the English Department. The exhibition features the work of Danny Robinette, a figurative landscape painter from North Carolina. Also on display is Student Curated Exhibition XII: Contemporary Issues in Asian Art. Graduating seniors Randi Reiner and Philip Tinari address the theme of transnationalism in contemporary Asian art. During Commencement Weekend, the Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11; from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12; and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.


The 2001 Commencement Production of Hoof 'n' Horn, Duke's distinguished musical theater group, is "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". During the Commencement Weekend there are two performances, on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, in Page Auditorium. Please call (919-684-4444) for further details.


Parking for the Baccalaureate Services is available in the large facilities behind the Divinity School and the Biological Sciences Building. For the Reception on East Campus, Duke Police Department officers will be available to assist with parking in areas adjacent to the residence halls. For the Graduation Exercises, ample parking is available in the paved facility at the corner of Cameron Drive and Science Drive and in the East and West Gate lots of Wallace Wade Stadium. Handicapped persons may be driven to the entrance of each venue, but their vehicles must be parked elsewhere. Please check with officers at each location for instructions. It is strongly recommended that persons needing assistance allow sufficient time for arrival prior to events.


Inquiries concerning events of the Commencement Weekend should be directed to the Office of the University Marshal (919-660-1555) or the Duke Police Department (919-684-2444). Prior to Graduation Weekend, questions concerning parking for guests needing assistance should be made to University Traffic and Parking (919-684-3348).


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