Upcoming commencement events for Duke's undergraduate, graduate and professional students

Duke will confer degrees to about 1,784 undergraduates and 4,833 graduate and professional students who finished their coursework in September 2022, December 2022 or spring 2023. Beginning Friday, May 12, a series of events will be held to celebrate the Class of 2023.

Traditional baccalaureate services will take place on May 12 in the Duke Chapel at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Due to limited seating in the chapel, the ceremony will be simulcast in Page Auditorium and livestreamed on the commencement website and the chapel YouTube channel. Dean of the Chapel Luke Powery and President Vincent Price will deliver remarks. 

The University-wide commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023 will take place in Wallace Wade Stadium on Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m. National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver, Trinity ‘84, will deliver remarks. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The Pratt School of Engineering will hold a diploma ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. for graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. No tickets are required for this event.

Of the undergraduate degrees, 1,492 degrees will go to graduates of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, while 292 degrees will go to graduates of the Pratt School of Engineering. 

The Graduate School will hold a doctoral hooding ceremony and reception on Saturday, May 13 in the Duke Chapel. The humanities and social sciences ceremony will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering ceremony will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Celebration events for specific graduate programs will be held from May 12 to 14.

The Sanford School of Public Policy will host ceremonies for its graduate and undergraduate students in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, May 12. The graduate ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Both events will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The Nicholas School of the Environment will hold a recognition celebration and reception for its international master of environmental policy graduates on Thursday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in Grainger Hall. There will be a recognition ceremony and reception held for the school's doctoral graduates on Friday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Wilson Recreation Center Gymnasium. 

The Nicholas School will hold a recognition ceremony and reception for the graduates of the school’s professional masters programs held on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in the Wilson Recreation Center Gymnasium. The event will be followed by a recognition ceremony and reception for the school’s undergraduate program graduates at 12 p.m. at the same location. 

The Divinity School will hold a service of worship, hooding ceremony and reception on Saturday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Duke Chapel with overflow seating in the Divinity School. The baccalaureate service will be livestreamed for guests seated in the Divinity School and those unable to attend in-person. 

The School of Nursing will hold a hooding and recognition ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

The School of Medicine will hold a Hippocratic Oath ceremony in the chapel on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube. 

The School of Law will hold a convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

The Fuqua School will hold a certificate ceremony for graduates with the Health Sector Management Certificate on May 12 at 1 p.m. in the JB Duke Hotel. The school will also hold a commencement ceremony for its master of management studies graduates on May 12 at 5 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

The Fuqua School will also hold commencement ceremonies for its master of business administration, master of quantitative management and doctoral students on Saturday, May 13. 

Undergraduate certificate programs will hold select diploma distribution, award ceremonies and receptions throughout commencement weekend. 

Duke Kunshan University commencement will take place on Friday, May 26 on the DKU campus. A ceremony for graduates who cannot attend in Kunshan, China, will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. 

All DKU students in the Class of 2023 studying at Duke during Spring 2023 are eligible to participate in Duke’s Commencement Weekend events.


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