This is a running list of important forms and information for you as an expected graduate!
- Senior To Do List!
- 2013 Senior Class Photo Order Information
- SENIOR Gifts Form- Turn in to Betsy Poole, 143 Langford
- Baccalaureate Announcement Order Form- Turn in to Cathy Watson, 113 Gray
- 2013 Senior Class Picture Order Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get my diploma?
- You can pick up your diploma beginning after the commencement service on Sunday, May 12th (usually around 11am) in the Divinity Refectory until 1pm.
- After that, you will be able to pick up your diploma in the Office of Academic Formation and Programs (108 Gray) from May 13 through May 31.
- After May 31, remaining diplomas will be mailed to you at the address supplied during your graduation check
Will there be a recording or professional pictures taken?
There will not be professional pictures taken at the baccalaureate service, but the service will be recorded and streamed live so your loved ones far away can watch! Please see the directions below.
As some of you know, Duke is able to provide a live stream video of the Divinity Baccalaureate service for those with loved ones who cannot attend. Please see instructions below:
For the live stream on Saturday night May 11th beginning at 6:30 pm:
- Go to the Duke Chapel web site at http://www.chapel.duke.edu/
- Then click on blue box on the right side of the page “Live Stream” http://www.chapel.duke.edu/flash/flash.html and the Divinity Baccalaureate should pop up ready to go at 6:30 pm.
To watch the service after the event is over:
- Go to the Duke Chapel web site, http://www.chapel.duke.edu/
- Click on the “Live Stream” box, and underneath you will see options. Click on “Video Gallery” or go to the left hand side of the page in the light blue boxes and click on “Duke Chapel I-Tunes”. Both of these lead you to the archives: http://www.chapel.duke.edu/multimedia/video.html.
- Search for ‘Divinity School Baccalaureate, Saturday, May 11 at 6:30 pm.’ Be aware there are files for other University Baccalaureate services archived, you want the Divinity School Baccalaureate.
Where should I park for Baccalaureate and Commencement?
All parking lots should be open, except on Saturday night for Baccalaureate when the Card Lot (by the Wilson Gym) and the Whitford Lot (off Towerview and proximate to the Law School) will be restricted for other graduation events. Please understand that the campus will be experiencing a high volume of traffic and parking may not go as smoothly as you might imagine. You will want to give ample time to park and walk to your destination. If you have friends or family members with physical limitations, you may want to consider dropping them off near the location of the graduation event. A good idea may be to have a friend or family member serve as a chauffeur for you and your party.
Can my spouse or significant other(s) come to the Closing Convocation ceremony
Yes, your spouse, etc. is more than welcome to come to the Closing Convocation ceremony, but please remember that this ceremony is held in the Goodson Chapel. There will be reserved seating for all graduation students, and faculty attending. (Space will be limited) If your spouse would like to come it is advised that they arrive early to reserve themselves a seat.
What if I need to coordinate special needs for guests that I am expecting to come?
Chaplain’s Office is coordinating three different plans for accommodating special needs for guests at our May 11 Baccalaureate Service in Duke Chapel. Please be in contact with the Chaplain’s Officeif you have family members that might need assistance for any of the following services:
RESERVED SEATING FOR PERSONS IN WHEELCHAIRS: We are able to accommodate your wheelchair bound guest and one other person accompanying them in a special reserved section. Please register both names with our office.
SPANISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATION: We will provide live English to Spanish translation of the entire Baccalaureate service via wireless headsets. Let us know the names of the persons who need this service so we can reserve special seating close to the transmitter.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR THE PROFOUNDLY HEARING IMPAIRED: A professional signer for the profoundly hearing impaired will be provided for those who need standard American sign language interpretation. Let us know the names of the persons needing this service so we can reserve special seating. (For persons with modest hearing loss who require standard sound enhancement, there is a wireless loop in Duke Chapel with personal headsets available. These may be picked up the night of the Baccalaureate. No special reservations are required.)
Do I need tickets for baccalaureate?
No, you do not need tickets for the Divinity Baccalaureate and Graduation services. Bring your family and friends, but remember that seating is on a first come first serve. (0014 Westbrook will serve as overflow seating and a childcare room for Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 11). Out of respect for your fellow classmates, be reasonable about the number of people you invite (i.e. do not invite everyone in your 1,000 member church). The doors to Duke Chapel will open around 5:00 pm, so you will want to have your family there at that time. You may have heard something about tickets – the University does have Baccalaureate services that requires tickets, but since Divinity has its own Baccalaureate service, students typically do not go to the University Baccalaureate.
What should I wear?
For the Divinity Baccalaureate service (Saturday, May 11), you will need a black robe and hood. For the University Commencement service (Sunday, May 12), you must have a black robe, hood and black cap with red tassel. The black robe can be any black robe. It should be all black and should not stick out. Apparel can be borrowed from a friend or purchased. Robes, hoods, and caps can be purchased through the Duke University Bookstore. To secure your apparel through the Duke University Bookstore, please visit the Duke Commencement site (Use the electronic order form titled, ‘Graduate/Professional School Apparel Form’). Please be mindful of the deadline to the University Bookstore for ordering regalia. Robes and hoods of higher quality (though also more expensive) may be ordered through the Cokesbury bookstore (919) 660-3417.
If I am a ThD student, do I need to wear something different?
Yes, there is slightly altered graduation attire for doctoral students, so please be sure to visit the Duke Commencement site (Use the electronic order form titled, ‘Graduate/Professional School Apparel Form’). You can also find more information on the bookstore’s regalia page: http://www.dukestores.duke.edu/retail/doctoral_apparel.php The appropriate hood color for the ThD is Scarlet, not Dark Blue. Also, the ThD graduate can opt to wear either a Duke Blue or Black doctoral robe. There are special instructions listed on the ordering form that will enable you to rent your Doctoral ensemble. If you would like to buy your Doctoral apparel you will need to contact Patti Silver in the Duke University Stores at (919)684-0060 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the option to purchase your apparel through Rebecca Turner, (919) 660-3417 in the Cokesbury bookstore.
Should I get the more expensive graduation apparel through Cokesbury, or the cheaper apparel through the University Bookstore?
It depends on your personal tastes and preferences. If you have plans for future employment in an academic setting, you may want to consider the more expensive apparel as it you might be wearing it again in the future. However, the apparel through the University Bookstore is perfectly appropriate as well and can be a good choice for financial reasons. The cheapest alternative is to borrow apparel from a friend or recent grad who happens to have it.