Graduation Ceremony

The Department of Economics hosts an annual Graduation Ceremony & Reception for all graduating undergraduate economics majors*, master's students, Ph.D. recipients, and their guests. 

*Diplomas will be at the ceremony for students' first majors. Students who plan to attend their second major ceremony will need to make arrangements with the respective departments ahead of time to arrange diploma pickup.

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Duke Economics ceremony takes place immediately after the university-wide Commencement Ceremony. The event will last about one hour, with a definite end time no later than 1:30pm. Invitations will be mailed to the families of our graduates by February. Guests are not required to present an invitation to attend the event; however, they can download a printable version for their own purposes.

Live Stream the Event

For those who are unable to attend the department ceremony, our event will be live streamed via YouTube.

Diploma & Seating Information

Diploma & Name Card Pickup
(Undergraduates & Master's Students ONLY)

Prior to the start of the ceremony, all graduates must visit the diploma and name card tables located at the back of Cameron on the first floor. There will be signs directing students to these tables, so please look for them as you enter. Fall graduates should also go to the diploma tables to pick up their name card. Students must keep their name cards in their possession and bring them to the stage during the Recognition Ceremony. The card will be used to read names and degrees as graduates cross the stage.

Graduate Seating & Ceremony Participation 

The middle two sections of floor seating will be reserved for graduates. Students may sit within the reserved seats wherever they would like and do not need to sit in a specific seat or in alphabetical order. Honors students will have reserved, alphabetical seating at the front of the floor seating area, on the right-hand side. Honors students are advised to sit in these reserved seats, because they will be called up separately to receive their diplomas. Please remain seated for the duration of the ceremony (except for the trip to the stage to receive diplomas). Students should not sit with their guests. Graduates will be cued by an usher when it is time to rise and ascend to the stage to receive their diplomas. We will process the first aisle (both sides) first, then the second, etc. Graduates will ascend the stage by the stairs at stage left. Graduates will be cued when it is their turn to walk across the stage. A professional photographer will take a picture at the foot of the stairs. Please pause here for a photo and then return to graduate seating.

Guest Seating

Ample open seating is provided for guests on the second floor of Cameron. As these seats offer the best sight lines to the stage, we recommend sitting upstairs when possible. Since Cameron does not have an elevator, reservations can be made for seats on the floor of Cameron to accommodate guests who may have difficulty ascending to the second floor. Make these reservations on our event registration website or by emailing Please include the graduate's name, number of guests attending, and the number of those guests who require accessible floor seats. Reserved seats will be marked with flyers indicating: "Reserved for the (Graduate's Name) Family." 


Travel, Lodging, & General Commencement Information

Lodging in Durham

Durham offers over 60 diverse lodging options. These include downtown hotels close to the city's center, more rustic bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. We strongly recommend making reservations well in advance. Room rates often differ over commencement weekend, and many hotels require three-night minimum reservations.

The Durham Convention and Visitors' Bureau (at 800-446-8604) is a valuable resource for finding lodging in Durham. To find lodging options near Duke's campus, filter by the following regions: Downtown Area, W Central Durham, SW Durham, and SE Durham.

Between Duke & RDU

For activity and dining recommendations, as well as general commencement information, please visit the commencement page for Duke University.


Graduation Photography

There will be professional photographers at the event, supplied by PhotoSpecialities, Inc. Graduates will have their photos taken twice: once while receiving their diplomas, and once off-stage with their diplomas.

Graduates will receive an email from PhotoSpecialties with a link to a website and a password that allows for viewing and ordering of graduation photos online. A free color proof will also be mailed to graduates' permanent addresses. Graduates who do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony should email or call 1-800-722-7033. There is no obligation to purchase prints.



Graduate students will be selling Duke Economics t-shirts at the department's graduation ceremony, in the first floor lobby of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Prices range from $12 - $20. There are a number of different styles from which to choose and can be purchased with cash or check. Proceeds from the sale support Economics Graduate Student Council activities throughout the year.