Duke

Baccalaureate Instructions

There will be three identical Baccalaureate Services during Commencement Weekend for degree candidates.  Attendance for each service is determined by student surname (A-G, H-O, P-Z). 

Candidates for degrees wear academic apparel (cap and gown, but not hood) to the Baccalaureate Service.  If the weather is favorable, candidates will form a double column on the Quadrangle, beginning at Perkins Library, in places indicated by signs for School groups.  If it is raining, candidates will form a double column in School groups at places indicated by signs in the corridors of the Divinity School.  Student marshals will be on hand to assist.  Please take your places no later than 4:00 p.m. for the 4:30 p.m. service on Friday, and no later than 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively, for the 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. services on Saturday.  Please be prompt.  Each service will last about an hour.

Students who wish to sit together, should stand one behind the other since the double column divides left and right to seating in thchapele Chapel.  The procession of degree candidates moves toward the Chapel 20 minutes before the hour and into the Chapel 10 minutes before the hour.  Upon entering the Chapel, pair off with a person in the adjacent column and walk down the center aisle in pairs.  This is important to give dignity to the procession.  Academic caps are worn during the procession. Traditionally, women wear academic caps at all times, men remove their caps when seated and replace them for the procession out after the service.  The tassel of the cap is worn always on the left side front.  At the conclusion of the service, candidates follow the student marshals in a procession from the Chapel.  Be alert to instructions and directions given by the marshals.

Tickets are required for guest attendance only.  Each degree candidate is allotted up to 4 guest tickets to their respective service, which admit guests for seating in Page Auditorium or in Duke Chapel (if room is available).