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The Law School offers an array of events to celebrate your achievement.

Registration and payment (where applicable) for all events must be completed online

    Family Barbecue

    Friday, May 6 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 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: $25 per person, free for children under the age of 5
    • Dress: Casual
    • Location: The Rickhouse, 609 Foster Street, Durham

    Directions/Parking:

    Parking is available in the lots listed below as well as on-street parking. A map showing the venue location and parking options can be found here.

    • The Historic Durham Athletic Park lot located on W. Corporation St., between Foster St. and Washington St.
    • Measurement Inc/Farmer's Market Parking lot located on Morris St., between Hunt St. and W. Corporation St.
    • Accent Hardwood Flooring lot adjacent to the Rickhouse building on the ramp side after 5:00 p.m.

      Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the entrance to the Rickhouse.

      Candlelight Dinner

      Friday, May 6  |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      This event proves to be one of the most special of the year, as the families and friends of international students travel from around the world to share in graduation.

      • Who’s Invited: International students and guests
      • Cost: Free for graduating International students
      • 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 & Griffith Theater (guests)
      • Parking: Visitor Lots

      Law School Convocation

      Saturday, May 7
      4:45 p.m. Student Line-Up. All students MUST report to the Towerview side of Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4:45 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.
      • All graduating students and guests will be directed to the Science Drive Garage.   
      • Please plan extra time to walk from the Science Drive Garage to Cameron.
      • Students must arrive to check in at Cameron no later than 4:45 p.m.
      • Guests seating will open at 5:00 p.m.

      Handicap Access:

      • ADA parking for guests with mobility impairments will be at Whitford Lot or Science Drive Visitors Lot. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the entrance of Cameron.
      • Passengers may be dropped off at the Whitford entrance to Cameron, if needed, and then the driver may proceed to the designated parking area.
      • 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 Law School Convocation, you must let the Office of Student Affairs know by Friday, April 22.

      Student line-up for University Commencement

      Sunday, May 8
      7:30 a.m. - Refreshments
      8:15 a.m. sharp - Student 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 Commencement

      Sunday, May 8
      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: Information regarding directions and parking can be found here on the Duke University Commencement website

      Handicap Access:

      Information regarding handicap access can be found on the Duke University Commencement website