Planning for May

Pre-Graduation Fair

The Pre-Graduation Fair is will be help on Wednesday, February 25 from 10 am to 3 pm and is a great opportunity to ask graduation-related questions and check several items off your graduation “to do” list. All graduating students should attend. Representatives from the Offices of Student Affairs, the Career and Professional Development Center and a representative for the Class of 2015 Class Gift will be present. At the Pre-Graduation Fair, you will be able to:

  • Get information about how to order your regalia
  • Pick up your complimentary invitations for the Hooding Ceremony
  • Receive information on Justin Miller Awards & the LLM Award for Leadership & Community Participation
  • Receive information on graduation week events
  • Inform the Career and Professional Development Center where you will be working next year


Have your family book their hotel rooms as early as possible. Where to stay


Many families choose to make dinner reservations for Saturday evening following the Hooding Ceremony. As the Hooding Ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m., it is recommended you make your reservations no earlier than 8:00 p.m..

Places to eat

Invitations & Announcements

  • The Law School provides each student with four complimentary invitations to the Hooding Ceremony (although there is no limit to the number of people who may attend). You may pick up these invitations at the Pre-Graduation Fair. After the Pre-Graduation Fair, invitations will be available in the Office of Student Affairs (Room 2007).
  • Custom graduation announcements and/or class rings may be ordered through Jostens.

Class Picture

  • The Class Photo will be taken on Tuesday, March 31 at noon in Marcy's Garden (with a rain date for Wednesday, April 1). Smaller group shots will also be taken of JD, International LLM, and LLMLE students.  You must wear a dark suit for the shoot.
  • Ordering Photos: Envelopes/order forms will be distributed at the pre-graduation fair. Please fill out the envelope, enclose payment, and bring it to the shoot. Within a month of the shoot, Student Affairs will set up a day and time to distribute the photos at the Law School (to be announced in the Duke Law Daily). Any photos not picked up at the specified time will be available in the Office of Student Affairs (Room 2007). To order pictures at a later date, contact Photo Specialties directly (800-722-7033).


  • You must apply for graduation and confirm in ACES the way in which you want your name to appear on your diploma no later than Friday, February 27.
  • All incompletes, missing grades and other issues relating to your graduation requirements must be resolved by May 1. It is your responsibility to work with the relevant faculty, the Office of Student Affairs, or the Registrar’s Office to resolve any outstanding issues before May 1 to prevent your graduation from being delayed until September 2015.
  • All spring semester coursework must be complete and turned in to your professors no later than May 1.
  • Your diploma will be mailed to you within two weeks of graduation. Please update your mailing address on ACES to ensure your diploma is sent to the correct address.

Important Dates 2015

Date Task
ASAP Make hotel reservations for your family and dinner reservations for after the Hooding Ceremony
Wednesday, February 25 Pre-Graduation Fair (Star Commons, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m)
Friday, February 27 Deadline to Graduation Application (found in ACES)
Monday , February 2 Registration for Duke Law events opens (register here)
TBD Last day to place regalia orders
Tuesday, March 31 Class Picture (Front Lawn, 12-1:15 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 1 Class Picture Rain Date (Front Lawn, 12-1:15 p.m.)
Friday, April 3 Nominations for Justin Miller Awards due
Friday, April 17 Deadline to register for Graduation events and complete Alumni Hooding form
TBD Pick up apparel from the Duke University Store
April 30-May 10, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; May 11, 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
May 1 All spring semester work must be completed and turned in to professors
May 1 Deadline to resolve incompletes, missing grades, etc.