Notification of Intention to Graduate
The Diploma Form submitted by students in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering is official notification that they expect to have completed all requirements for the degree and to receive the diploma on a particular graduation date. They will be confirmed for that specific graduation if basic requirements, i.e., general education and one major, have been completed. Duke confers only one undergraduate degree to a student, that which is confirmed by the department of the first major. Students wishing to change expected graduation terms in order to complete additional requirements for second majors, minors, or certificates, must notify their academic deans by the end of the final exam period. It is the responsibility of students to submit the form on or before established deadlines. For students in Trinity College and Pratt School of Engineering, information regarding the location and date of availability of the online diploma form is sent to prospective graduates at their Duke email address.
Graduation and Commencement
Commencement exercises are held once a year in May when degrees are conferred upon and diplomas are issued to those who have completed degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Students who complete requirements by the end of the summer term or by the end of the fall term receive diplomas dated September 1 and December 30, respectively. Students who are within 5.0 course credits of graduation at the end of the spring term may request to participate in the annual commencement exercises.