Schedule of Events - 2016

Duke Law School offers an array of Graduation-related events and opportunities to celebrate your achievement. Registration and payment (where applicable) for all Law School events (including the Gala, BBQ, Candlelight Dinner, and Hooding Ceremony) must be completed online. If you plan to attend any or all of these events, you must register through the registration page. 

Please note, events are held at multiple locations within Duke University.  Locations for each event are listed below.

Date Time Event Location Dress
Thurs., May 12 7:00 p.m.-- 11:00 p.m. Graduation Gala Law School, Star Commons Semi-formal
Fri., May 13 5:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Family BBQ Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Casual
Fri., May 13 7:00 p.m. -- 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Dinner (International Students and Guests) Law School, Star Commons Business to semi-formal
Sat., May 14 4:30 p.m. Line Up
5:30 p.m. Ceremony
Hooding Ceremony Cameron Indoor Stadium Regalia
Sat., May 14 Immediately following Hooding Ceremony Champagne Farewell
(no formal program)
Law School, Star Commons Business
Sun., May 15 8:00 a.m. Refreshments Law School, Star Commons Business
Sun., May 15 8:30 a.m. Line Up leaves Law School
9:00 a.m. Procession
9:30 a.m. Ceremony
University Graduation Exercises Wallace Wade Stadium Regalia

Graduation Gala

Thursday, May 12  |  7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate with your classmates, faculty, and administrators at this semi-formal reception and dance.

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and students’ spouses/significant other
  • Cost: Free for graduating students; $30 for guest(s)
  • Dress: Semi-formal
  • Location: Law School, Star Commons
  • Parking: Students can use their IDs to enter the Law Lot

Family Barbeque

Friday, May 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Don’t miss your last chance to indulge in a traditional North Carolina BBQ (vegetarian option also provided). Bring your whole family.

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and guests
  • Cost: $15 per person, free for children under the age of 5
  • Dress: Casual
  • Location: Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Directions/Parking:

  • Leaving the Law School parking lot, take a right onto Towerview.
  • When Towerview dead ends, turn left onto Duke University Road.
  • Turn left onto Anderson Street.
  • Turn left into the Gardens entrance. The Doris Duke Center will be on the right.
  • There are two parking lots (one on the left, one past the Doris Duke Center on the right). Although there are parking pay stations, you are not required to pay for parking after 5:00 p.m.

Handicap Access:

  • There is a drop-off area in front of the Doris Duke Center for unloading passengers.

Candlelight Dinner

Friday, May 13  |  7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
This event proves to be one of the most special of the year, as the families and friends of international and LLM students travel from around the world to share in graduation.

  • Who’s Invited: International students and guests
  • Cost: Free
  • Dress: Business casual to semi-formal
  • Location: Law School, Star Commons
  • Parking: Students can use their IDs to enter the Law School lot.

Baccalaureate Services

For more information, visit the Duke University Commencement website.

  • Cost: Free, tickets required
  • Dress: Regalia
  • Location: Duke Chapel (students), Page Auditorium (guests)
  • Parking: Visitor Lots

Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 14
4:30 p.m. Student Line-Up. All students MUST report to the Towerview side of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4:30 p.m. to line up in alphabetical order.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ceremony. Doors to Cameron will not open for family members until 5:00 p.m.

The graduation ceremony is solely for the Law School. Graduating students will have their names individually read and will be hooded with their law hoods on stage. DVDs of the ceremony as well as individual student pictures will be available for purchase (see “Post-Graduation” section).

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and guests
  • Cost: Free to all, no tickets required
  • Dress: Regalia
  • Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium

Directions/Parking:

  • Students will not be allowed to park in the Law Lot. This lot will be reserved for faculty and staff.
  • Parking will be available in designated areas.

Handicap Access:

  • Passengers may be dropped off at the circle in front of Cameron, if needed.
  • Handicap seating will be available on the ground level of Cameron. Staff will be available to assist.

Special Deadlines:

  • If you will NOT be attending the Hooding Ceremony, you must let the Office of Student Affairs know by Friday, April 15.
  • If an immediate family member or spouse is a Duke Law alum, he or she may hood you (come on stage and place the hood over your head) at the Hooding Ceremony.  If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you must inform Dawn Blalock (Room 1001, blalock@law.duke.edu) no later than Friday, April 15.

Champagne Farewell

Saturday, May 14  |  Immediately following Hooding Ceremony
A chance to take family photos and group shots with other classmates before heading out for dinner.

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and guests
  • Cost: Free to all, no tickets required
  • Dress: Regalia/business
  • Location: Law School, Star Commons
    Directions/Parking: See “Hooding Ceremony” above

Directions/Parking:

  • See "Hooding Ceremony" above

Student Line-Up

Sunday, May 15
8:00 a.m. - Refreshments
8:30 a.m. sharp - Line-up leaves Law School

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and guests
  • Cost: Free to all, no tickets required
  • Dress: Business; bring Regalia with you! (Bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.)
  • Location: Law School, Star Commons
  • Parking: Students can use their IDs to enter the Law School lot.

University Graduation Exercises

Sunday, May 15
9:00 a.m. – Procession of all degree candidates into the Wallace Wade Stadium
9:30 a.m. – Ceremony begins

The graduation ceremony is for the entire University; the event will feature a keynote speaker, student speakers and conferral of degrees by President Richard H. Brodhead. You have not officially graduated until this ceremony is complete.

  • Who’s Invited: All graduating students and guests
  • Cost: Free to all, no tickets required
  • Dress: Regalia
  • Location: Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Directions/Parking: Coming Soon!

Handicap Access:

Coming soon!