Location: Duke University, Durham, NC

Dates: Required attendance: May 7-8, 2020; Optional attendance: May 9-10, 2020 (May 9th is the NSOE Recognition Ceremony; May 10th is the University Commencement Ceremony)

Key Graduation Information:

  • Nicholas School Graduation Information Site is available here.
  • 202o DEL Graduation Schedule will be available in late March.  View 2019 schedule here for format of this place-based session.
  • If you or a family member requires assistance such as accessible seating and/or parking, please contact Cindy Peters, Nicholas School’s ADA liaison (, 919-613-8071).
  • All bursar accounts must be cleared prior to graduation week to receive diploma and transcripts.
  • Alumni Benefits information is available here.

Graduation Apparel

After February you can order graduation apparel on the Duke Commencement website. All MEM graduates wear full academic apparel (caps, gowns, and hoods) at the Nicholas School Recognition Ceremony (Saturday) and .  If attending the optional Baccalaureate Service, students wear academic apparel, no hoods. If attending Duke’s Commencement Ceremony (Sunday), academic apparel is required.  You must complete your apparel order by the end of March.  (order dates have not yet been determined)

Duke University Commencement Weekend Information

For all things graduation (outside of DEL PBS schedule), visit the Duke Commencement website. Site includes schedule of events, information for students and parents, apparel information, parking information, Baccalaureate Service information and schedule, etc.

Updated: 7/8/2019

May 2021 (2nd years only):
May 6-7, 2021 (required) and May 8-9, 2021 (optional)