Fourth Year Medical Students


Duke University School of Medicine Graduation


Friday, May 8, 2020


12:00 pm - Awards Ceremony - students only. Trent Semans Center, 4th floor. Dress - casual.

6:00 pm - Class Photo, Old Chemistry Building (behind Davison Building, Duke South)

6:30 pm - Line up for Ceremony in front of Duke Chapel.

7:00 pm – Hippocratic Oath and Diploma Ceremony - Duke Chapel: (Reception in Penn Pavilion immediately following) Please RSVP for the reception (up to 6 guests and 1 student) by April 13, 2020 at the following link:


Sunday, May 10, 2020


8:30 am:  Procession line-up   9:00 am:  Procession of Candidates

9:30 am:  University Graduation Ceremony – Wallace Wade Stadium



Frequently Asked Questions:

When should family arrive?
Family can get reservations at area hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts. Book early! The earliest your family has to be here is mid-afternoon Friday.

What name will they put on my diploma?
The Registrar’s Office will be asking you to provide your name to the UNIVERSITY MARSHAL’s office that prints your diploma. The name appears exactly as the student enters it when applying for graduation on-line. Students should make sure that if they have a middle initial and wish for a period to be after the middle initial, they enter that punctuation during the application for graduation process.

Where do I get my cap, gown & hood?
For the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony, Diploma Ceremony, and University graduation--caps, gowns and hoods are rented through the Bryan Center Bookstore.  You will get information mailed to you by the University (there is a fee to rent apparel). The caps, gowns and hoods are to be picked up by you and returned immediately after Sunday’s reception. (You can keep your tassels.) Deadline to order is March 6, 2020. Go to the following link for general information:

Where do I get my Announcements and Invitations?
Graduation announcements and invitations may be purchased at the Bryan Center or Medical Center Bookstore. Hippocratic Oath and School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony invitations are provided by the Student Affairs office and will be available on Match Day (March 6, 2020).

Where are you going for your residency?
Please let us know where you Matched, so that we can include this information in the Hippocratic Oath Program.  Please complete the following the following Qualtrics Survey no later than March 25, 2020.( The Medical Alumni Office will want this information as well, so that they can keep you informed about future events for your class.

Students:  Keep in touch!  READ your emails!  More information will follow soon.  If you have questions, please contact Student Affairs –  or call (919) 668-1670.