Friday, May 11 Acknowledgement of PhD Graduates; RSVP to attend Love Auditorium, LSRC WING B,  West Campus > MAP 3:00-4:30pm All Nicholas School doctoral degree candidates – PhD and JD/MA Tickets not required. Parking available in Circuit  Lot > MAP
Program will begin promptly at 3:00pm
Friday, May 11 Reception for Acknowledgement of PhD Graduates Love Auditorium, LSRC Wing B, West Campus 4:30-5:00pm 

Immediately following ceremony 

Same as above. Same as above.
Saturday, May 12 NSOE Recognition Ceremony; RSVP to attend Chemistry Lot, West Campus 9:00-11:00am MEM, MF, DEL-MEM, NSOE PhD, and JD/MA Tickets not required. Parking available in Circuit Lot > MAP
line-up begins at 8:15am
Saturday, May 12 Reception for NSOE Recognition Ceremony Environment Hall/2nd Floor & Patio 11:00am-12:30pm  MEM, MF, DEL-MEM, NSOE PhD, and JD/MA Same as above.
Saturday, May 12 CEM/DUML Student and Faculty Reception Environment Hall/2nd Floor & Patio 11:30am-12:30pm  CEM grads, DUML faculty, students, family and riends Same as above.
Saturday, May 12 Hooding Ceremony Durham Convention Center 5:30pm PhD candidates only More info here and parking
Sunday, May 13 University-wide Commencement Ceremony Wallace Wade Stadium, West Campus 9:30-11:30am All spring graduates (this includes September and December 2017 grads) Visit the Duke Commencement Website for more info and Student information
line-up begins at 8:15am; procession of candidates at 9:00am



Only September 2017, December 2017 and May 2018 graduates are allowed to participate in the NS Recognition ceremony and process with candidates (on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00am).


  • PhD Hooding Ceremony: Tickets are required and students are encouraged to invite family and friends. The Graduate School sends information about ticket distribution to graduates in early spring. More info available here.
  • Official Ph.D. diplomas will be distributed during the hooding ceremony. If you are not attending the ceremony, you will be able to pick up your diploma beginning May 14 through May 18 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Graduate School.
  • Graduation apparel is required for all ceremonies.
  • If special accommodations are needed for the ceremony or reception on Saturday, May 12, contact Cindy Peters no later than April 15.


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