Required Steps for Graduation

  1. Submit Graduation Application
    Please confirm your intention to graduate this May by completing the Graduation Application in ACES no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. In order to be certified for graduation, you must complete this application. You will be asked to indicate how you would like your name to appear on your diploma, a phonetic spelling of your name to allow accurate pronunciation during the Hooding Ceremony, and the address where your diploma(s) should be mailed if you are unable to pick it up at Commencement. 

    1. Log into ACES
    2. Click on the "Services" tab
    3. Click on the "Apply for Graduation" tab
    4. Select your “Academic Program” link
    5. Select the “Expected Graduation Term” from the drop-down box (2016 Spring Term). Continue.
    6. Update “Degree Name” (required).   Continue.
    7. Enter a “phonetic name.” Continue.
    8. Update "Degree Address" (required). Continue.
    9. Verify graduation data
    10. Click the “Submit Application” button

  2. Register for Events
    Duke Law School offers an array of Graduation-related events and opportunities to celebrate your achievement. In particular, we need to know if you plan to attend the Hooding Ceremony.  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 located at the following site:
  3. Order Regalia
    If you plan to attend the Hooding Ceremony and/or University Commencement, you must order regalia. The online form for ordering regalia is now closed. If you still need to order regalia, contact Patti Silver at Be sure to specify that the regalia is for the Law School and include your height in the email. 
  4. Bar and Employment Information (JD candidates only)
    The ABA requires that we collect bar and employment information from graduates.  In order to facilitate the Law School’s compliance with ABA accreditation standards, please respond as directed by the Career & Professional Development Center in the coming weeks to complete the Graduate Employment Survey.  Students who have settled employment plans for after graduation must complete all questions on the survey; students continuing to pursue opportunities need only provide basic contact information.  Please note that you must complete this Survey in order to pick up your diploma.
  5. 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 complete the Alumni Hooding Form found here no later than Friday, April 15.
  6. Complete all Spring 2016 semester work and resolve any Incomplete grades by Friday, May 6.