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Commencement Day Schedule

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Issuance of caps and gowns in the Jordan Student Center.

4:00 PM - Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate service will be held at the Louisburg United Methodist Church located at 402 N. Main St, Louisburg, NC 27549. It is important to be on time. Graduates MUST wear their caps and gowns in order to participate in Baccalaureate. Please sit in the reserved seating section. Family members are welcome to attend.

Friday, May 12, 2017

9:00 AM - Graduates’ Breakfast: Duke Dining Center

This breakfast is for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 graduates, as well as Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 potential graduates eligible to walk, and marshals. Graduates should dress in business casual attire.

10:00 AM - Class picture with caps and gowns worn in front of the Main Building

10:30 AM - Graduation Rehearsal in front of the Main Building.

In case of rain, meet in the Lumpkin Gallery located in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). When you enter the JPAC, the Lumpkin Gallery is the hallway on the left.

1:30 PM - Graduation Line-up

Graduates must arrive at the steps of the Main Building wearing caps and gowns. In case of rain, meet in the Lumpkin Gallery located in the JPAC. When you enter the JPAC, the Lumpkin Gallery is the hallway on the left. Family and friends should make their way to the JPAC auditorium in preparation for the commencement ceremony.

2:00 PM - Commencement Ceremony

The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 PM in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium located in the JPAC. All friends and family are welcome to attend. No tickets are required.

Graduation Reception

There will be a light reception for graduates, family, faculty, staff, and guests in the auditorium galleries following the commencement ceremony.


Women: Wear black dress shoes that are comfortable and allow you to walk across campus and go up and down steps.

Men: Wear dress clothes with tie and black shoes. Remember to remove your mortarboards (caps) during the Baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.


Transcripts are ordered through the Student Clearinghouse website only. The address is www.studentclearinghouse.org. The cost of the transcript varies based on the mailing method, but typically is $12.25. Transcripts are not released for students who have account holds with Financial Services. Please allow 4-6 business days from the graduation date for processing.


Graduation will be available via live streaming. The link to the event is: https://livestream.com/accounts/1492738; click on “Graduation Event,” which will become available the day before graduation.

Graduation 2017