Schedule of Events - 2015

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 7 7:00 p.m.-- 11:00 p.m. Graduation Gala Law School, Star Commons Semi-formal
Fri., May 8 5:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Family BBQ Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Casual
Fri., May 8 7:00 p.m. -- 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Dinner (International Students and Guests) Law School, Star Commons Business to semi-formal
Sat., May 9 4:45 p.m. Line Up
5:30 p.m. Ceremony
Hooding Ceremony Cameron Indoor Stadium Regalia
Sat., May 9 Immediately following Hooding Ceremony Champagne Farewell
(no formal program)
Law School, Star Commons Business
Sun., May 10 9:00 a.m. Procession
9:30 a.m. Ceremony
University Graduation Exercises Durham Bulls Athletic Park Regalia

Graduation Gala

Thursday, May 7  |  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; $35 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 8 | 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: $20 per person, free for children under the age of 5
  • Dress: Casual
  • Location: Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens


  • 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 8  |  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 9
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


  • 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 the Whitford lot next to Cameron. From Science Drive, turn onto Whitford Drive (across from the entrance to Fuqua) and go up the hill. The parking lot is on the right. Tell the parking attendant you are with the Law School.

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, May 1.
  • 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, no later than Friday, April 17.

Champagne Farewell

Saturday, May 9  |  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


  • Students can use their IDs to enter the Law School lot.
  • Should the Law lot fill up, the Chemistry lot across the street (on Circuit Drive) will be open and available for all guests.

University Graduation Exercises

Sunday, May 10
9:30 a.m. – Procession of all degree candidates into the Durham Bulls Athletic Park
10:00 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: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Directions/Parking: Coming Soon!

Handicap Access:

Coming soon!